In view of the recent directive given by the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy to all network providers to link up subscribers phone lines with their National Identity Number (NIN), the Hon. Chief Commissioner, Public Complaints Commission (PCC), Hon. Abimbola Ayo-Yusuf has urged the telecom providers to fully comply with the policy for effective eradication of all forms of security threat in the country.
The Chief Commissioner said this at a one day symposium organised by the Commission in Abuja with the theme: Institutional Reforms on Mobile Network Providers Compliance to the National Identity Number Policy.
Hon. Ayo-Yusuf in his welcome address said, with full compliance, digital crime and insecurity in the country would be mitigated if not totally eradicated. He charged participants to point out areas of challenges while proffering workable suggestions on the way forward.
In his key note address, the Hon. Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Ali Pantami who was represented by Mr Aliyu Azeez Abubakar, said the symposium was timely and would serve as a panacea to economy growth and development.
Dr. Pantami said the incessant high rate of crime in the country made his Ministry to enforce the linkage of mobile number to NIN.
The minister expressed deep concern over lack of a formidable data record of every Nigerian both home and abroad.
He said such data will help in keeping track record of movement of all and sundry.
There were also goodwill messages from various stakeholders like the FCT Police Commissioner, Director, DSS, NCC and others who applauded the PCC for organizing such an interactive symposium.
Stakeholders further agreed that if mobile network providers comply with the policy, cybercrime and all sorts of insecurity in the country will be nip in the bud.