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Govt Should Pay For Sim Card Registration?

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N6.1bn SIM registration sparks another Reps brawl

Ini Ekott

July 29, 2010 12:24AM

The controversial spending of N6.1billion on SIM card registration by the federal government yesterday stirred a near-violent sitting of the House of Representatives, where members verbally attacked each other, and nearly engaged in physical assault.

The long-drawn plan, which the lawmakers have refused to approve on grounds that registrations should be done by phone companies, sparked off a row during the final consideration of the Nigeria Communications Commission’s budget, after renewed attempts by the House leadership to secure approval for the exercise.

Many members had during past meetings, opposed the use of N6.1billion for the registration of the phone cards by the NCC, arguing that the responsibility is that of the phone companies-operators, and not the commission as the regulator.

The House communication committee chairman, Dave Salako, was accused by his colleagues of fronting for the phone companies, and leading effort to secure the approval of the House for the project.

Members overwhelmingly brought down the huge allocation last week during the commission’s budget consideration, although the Speaker, Dimeji Bankole, promised it may be revisited.

The controversy widened on Tuesday after lawmakers noticed a huge N12billion “error” in the budget of the commission, pushed for by Mr. Salako.

Early Wednesday, some members, discussing unofficially with journalists, vowed to press further and ensure that the N6.1billion was dropped. “That is a clear fraud,” a member said.

The presiding deputy speaker, Usman Nafada, who said on Tuesday that he was briefed about the project, delayed the consideration of the report till Wednesday afternoon, although the item was listed first, in what was viewed as an attempt to have some members leave the chambers before the matter will be hastily approved.

Mr. Nafada looked shocked at how members challenged Ita Enang, the House business and rules committee chairman, and other supporters of the project who attempted to cajole the House into rescinding the earlier decision.

Mr. Enang was angrily shouted down by the protesting members, who broke into riotous groups similar to those formed during the recent brawl in the House over allegation of corruption against the Speaker, Mr. Bankole.

Mr. Nafada put the N6.1billion to repeated voice votes in which members overwhelmingly rejected with a deafening “nay”.

At the final vote, after more than 30 minutes disruption of proceedings, the budget was finally defeated and a helpless Mr. Nafada announced once more, that the matter is still open to considerations, even though house rule opposes such repetitions.

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These people, don't they have conscience?

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gd point their "museog" goverment do reason like a fool and they believe every1 were as foolish as dem be. I wonder wat good they can provide d masses .useless

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If i may ask, what happened to the National ID card database?

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Sim registration is easiest done by the phone operators. Logistics is not an issue as all of them have distributors and distribution points across the country. This is how their sim cards and scratch card are able to penetrate the most remote villages in Nigeria

Also, the equipment required is the least of the issues. Some of the phone companies have already designed equipment that will capture picture, finger print and other information of the users. They are already distributing this to some of their dealers who for a reward are willing to carry out the task

The N6bn that some people are asking for is pure fraud. Unless you are a phone operator, there is no way you can use N6bn to register over 70million phone users scattered across a vast country like Nigeria. You will need at least N15bn and that is assuming that the cost is not inflated.

The national ID card project that they implemented with several billions came to nothing because it was poorly funded and the main intention was not creating a national ID system. This was simply a by product and that is why most people either don't have a national ID or those that have don't take it serious.

What the National assembly should do is to create legislations to support the phone companies on the registration exercise. BTW, in case you don't know, some of the operators are very comfortable running the exercise. The NCC and other govt agencies can support by creating a central database where all the registered info can be stored and retrieved centrally if required but then this introduces other issues of who keeps and manages that data and how do we ensure the data is not used for malicious purposes eg election rigging. What about privacy issues? These are the debates that the national assembly should be engaging in

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HYMEN,

You obviously dont know what sim registration entails, vis-a-viz what  it seeks to achieve.

The registration requires each subscriber to provide proper I.D- pictures, biodata, addresses etc.

Now tell me; In a country where there is no foolproof biometric Identification System, how do you verify the details provided by subscribers?

Banks do address verification, as one of the KYC processes, for current account holders. In spite of that, dont people still defraud banks on current accounts?

Do you think address verification would be easy for banks, if they had 60 million addresses to verify? They are able to do address verification because it has always been part of the KYC processes.

In the case of these telecom firms, you allowed them to sell millions of sims to subscribers without registration. You now turned around to impose registration, which is not useful for their operations, and asked them to be responsible for the logistics and huge funds required. Thatz sheer nonsense!

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Dat is another way of syphoning our money

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If it is for the purpose of crime prevention, cars are registered, but they are still used for crimes, Is it worth it.

The companies should be encouraged embrace the policy , Should be continuous.

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ehh, if they said government should pay, let them pay. shebi dey get money. MUMU government.

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Aren't there any rules governing this registration when these companies were being incorporated

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^^^^ Since it's a govt initiative, let the govt finance it!

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Can't MTN handle that with all their resources they have accumulated from this country of ours. Government has more glaring issues to focus on such as power, credible election, corruption etc. Sim card registration is a necessity to reduce fraud and a whole lots of crime.

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Letz not allow undue sentiments on this matter.

The sim registration, IMO, is a failed project by default.

First, the purpose is grossly defeated in that it can not curb crimes in this part of the world, so long as theres no proper Identification system.

Criminals can still fake IDs, use public payphones run by illiterates etc.

Now, you are asking the telecom firms to register over 60 million subscribers, spread across 36 states and the FCT? You must be kidding!

The firms can never provide the kind of logistics required for this exercise. It can be likened to Voters registration or Census exercises.

You will recall at a point during the last voters registration, government had to declare some days workfree to enable workers go for it.  Ditto for Census. Even Obasanjo had to make extra funds available for these exercises.

How many registration centres do you think MTN needs in Lagos alone?  I dont think MTN has more than 6 or 7 customer service points in the whole of Lagos.

it's either you forget about the wasteful sim reg project or govt has to finance and provide logistics for it.

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what is the responsibility of these communication industries,

subcribers pay for their services so why cant they register their subcribers.

6b is enough to embark on meaningful projects that will beter the lives of the masses,

infact this country is not sensitive to needs of its poplace.

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This is typical of Nigeria. Some of us have degrees and PhD in dissillusionment.

Just read through all the post. Look at the defeatist statement. Who should make positive statements, Japanese or Americans?

When you have a problem we want to be right at say to the PROBLEM "I SAID IT NOTHING GOOD CAN COME OUT OF NIGERIA" Yet we expect our leaders to perform when we help them by excusing their theivery in the first place.

Some foreigners read our post and are easily able to cook an agenda. We have really weak hearts, We need to strengthen ourselves and say what should happen it is our power to do so.

I think that one cent should not be spent on it.

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why should registration starts from telecommunications. this is a country where nobody knows who is who.

no registration of birth rate.

no registration of death rate.

no registration of all marriages.

no registration of residence addresses.

no registration of occupations.

no documentation of occupations.

e.t.c

useless country with useless mentality

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Abeg Wetin concern dem 4 registratn again o. Nobi mtn & other service provider suppose do dat 1. Na so dem wan use so many billion 4 independents when dere are so many things dat needs intervention. Does d FG has any priority at all. God bless naija one black nation under God

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^^^^^

Go to the Obudu Ranch stuff thread and you'll see how nationalistic and patriotic we can be.

Nobody should be stopped from opining especially if it is good stuff.

So long as our leaders remain shameless, pessimism would pervade.

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Your SIM CARD!, lol

Everybodies SIM CARD irrespective of whether it is MTN, Glo, Etisalat, etc.

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which sim card is that plz?

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They were just looking for ways to squander 6.1billion naira

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@ nomoneydown you got it right

actually this worth no debate at all. this should be the duty of the phone operators not the commission.

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@ranoscky this is 9ja 4 u! every tom, dick & harry shld know dat its d companies dat shld be in charge of the reg of sims but our politicians want to embezzle 6.1 billion & they want to embezzle d money via sim reg

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another avenue to steal money. may God deliver us

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You forget say election dey come,so awon guys yi need lati raise owo as quickly as possible to match the threats of atiku and ibb when the campaign finally kick off anyways signature e ko bad

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And why should govt do the registration? Is it not the duty of the companies to that? Or have they turned to govt agencies?

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na wa 4 these politicians oh,

from a reliable source, an indigenous software company, SocketWorks, is billing only 1.2billion naira for the entire SIM registration process in nigeria,

how come the money com climb by 5billion?

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^^^^

So, it's not yet uhuru. No wonder Hon (?) Nafada is still insinuating that the matter has not been finally put to rest.

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Clearly the mastermind is a thrifty legislator who is determined to convert the desert he has been given to the tropical rain forest he is accustomed.

I can imagine his disappointment and how he must feel betrayed by his colleagues afterall he must have voted in favour of other money-chopping appropriations that didnt make any sense.

He went back to the drawing board to re-strategize and then came up with N300m+N500m=N15bn. This has failed to impress the 'honorable' members. Maybe he can reach out to the house leadership for new ideas since they are so keen on having the bill passed anyway.

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Best career to steal nowadays is purely politics

I can't just stop being amazed on the kind of brain we have in Nigeria with title. Who is reponsible for this?

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i Know that is Mtn with their palava

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