The Nigerian Communication Commission, NCC, has been told to review the registration of SIM cards and usage. This directive is coming from the Federal Government to stop Nigerians from having more than three SIM cards
So, telecommunication firms are expected to block SIM cards that are not registered and functioning in line with this direction. This is to checkmate the increased kidnappings and killings and the general security
Therefore, the NCC has also been directed to use the National Identity Number (NIN) as a prerequisite for registering new SIM cards while foreign nationals must present their passport and visas. SIM cards that are already registered must be updated with NIN before 1st December 2020.
Also, reacting to the directive, telecom operators said the directive may not curb the security issue in the country. Olusola Teniola, the President of the Association of Telecoms Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) said criminals will now get several NIN to get their SIM cards registered to continue their activities.
However, he advised the use of the digital address system and the post-code system as tested measures that have worked in other climes including the UK and Ghana. He advised authorities to take the issue of the digital address system seriously.
MVP Award For The NBA All-Star Now To Be Called The Kobe Bryant MVP Award
The NBA All-Star game has now to be called The Kobe Bryant MVP Award. NBA commissioner, Adam Silver made this announcement on Saturday 15th February.
The Kobe Bryant MVP Award will be given this Sunday at the closing of this year’s All-Star Game in Chicago. Both teams will be captained by Giannis Antetokounmpo and Lebron James respectively. Team Lebron will put on No 2 and team Giannis will put on No 24. These two numbers were worn by Gianna, Kobe’s daughter and Kobe Bryant.
Recall that Kobe won the All-Star Game MVP in 2002, 2007, 2009, and 2011. Also, he played as the youngest player to feature in the All-Star Game at 19 in 1998.
Buhari Suspends NBC Boss, Modibbo Kawu
Modibbo Kawu, the DG of the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, has been put on suspension by President Buhari. This came following his corruption charges by the Independent Corrupt Practices, ICPC.
This development was confirmed by Armstrong Idachaba, NBC’s Director of Broadcast Monitoring. Further, the most senior director in the commission has been directed to take over from Modibbo Kawu.
Modibbo Kawu is currently facing a 12-count charge bordering on money laundering, abuse of office, and misleading a public officer with the intent of defrauding the government.
So, this contravenes Section 26 (1) (c) of the Corrupt Practices and other Related Offenses Act 2000 and punishable under Section 19 of the same Act.
Beisdes, Modibbo was first arraigned in May 2019 over the alleged misappropriation of N 2.5 billion for the digital switch-over (DSO) program of the government.
Coronavirus In Africa As Egypt Records The First Case
The Health Ministry in Egypt has confirmed the first case of the deadly Coronavirus. The authorities made this disclosure on Friday 14th February in a press release. They said the World Health Organization has been informed and the patient is in isolation for monitoring and treatment.
The patient’s nationality was not given. However, Egypt is the 28th country in the world to record Coronavirus and the first in Africa.
So, over 64,000 cases of the Coronavirus have been diagnosed around the world and 1,363 persons have been confirmed dead since its outbreak in Wuhan, China