By Stanley Iwuoha
The Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) says the approval of Network Operators as enrollment agents for the National Identification Number which by the Minister has increased the turnout for compliance by over 40%.
The Chairman of the Association, Engr Gbenga Adebayo, made this known during a virtual meeting of the Ministerial Task force on NIN/SIM linkage exercise.
Adebayo, who commended the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami for his leadership and support to the sector,reaffirmed that the sector had never enjoyed the level of support and direction which has resulted to unprecedented developments in the sector.
He further noted that “the progress being recorded in the sector is purely as a result of the Minister’s uncommon proactive approach to issues and his unique problem-solving skills”
Also lending credence to the assertion, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) OF Airtel, Segun Ogunsanya disclosed that the operator was able to obtain a Right of Way (RoW) in the FCT Municipality within 48 hours.
This he said, was purely uncharted territory and highly commendable.
“I am highly encouraged by the level of collaboration between the public and private sector, particularly in the Digital Economy sector as driven by Dr Pantami”.
On his part, CEO 9Mobile Alan Sinfield, noted that the “very active leadership and support of Dr Pantami, especially his approval of Network Operators as enrolment agents for the National Identification Number which has increased the turnout for compliance by over 40%”.
The virtual meeting, which was at the behest of the Minister to review the progress and challenges of the current NIN/SIM registration and linkage exercise, had in attendance industry operators and regulators.