Federal lawmakers also investigate the alleged sale of pre-registered SIM cards by some network providers

The House of Representatives has directed its Committee on Communications to investigate the SIM card registration regime and report back to the House within 30 days.

This resolution was sequel to a motion moved by Albert Sam-Tsokwa (PDP – Taraba ) and 22 others in Abuja on Tuesday.

Tsokwa, who is the Chairman of the House Committee on Rules and Business, said that on April 26, the House had resolved to set up an ad-hoc committee to investigate the SIM Card regime in the country.

He explained that the jurisdiction of the Committee on Communications, as contained in rule 138 of the standing orders of the House of Representatives, was to coordinate and monitor the activities of telecommunications.

According to him, this includes the Global Systems for Mobile Communications (GSM) and other communications matters.

Tsokwa urged the House to allow the committee that had already begun work on the SIM card regime to go ahead and report its finding to the House.

Oyetunde Ojo (CAN-Ekiti), the Chairman Committee on Communications, said that his committee had begun work on the alleged sale of pre-registered SIM cards, and urged the House to give the committee enough time to complete its investigations on the issue.

According to Ojo, some persons have been arrested in respect of the sale of pre-registered SIM cards. “In due course, we will submit the report of our findings,” he said.

Abike Dabiri-Erewa (ACN-Lagos), Emmanuel Jime (PDP-Benue), Hussain Namadi (PDP-Jigawa), in their various contributions, supported the motion and urged that the communications committee to be given a time frame to conclude their investigations.

The motion was unanimously adopted by the members.

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