Osogbo- GSM subscribers in Osogbo are rushing to beat the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) deadline of June 30 for Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) card registration.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that subscribers are visiting registration centres in the town in large numbers while registration officials are also busy attending to people in compliance with the NCC directive.
In the last four weeks, GSM service providers had been sending reminders through text messages and calls to subscribers.
A NAN correspondent who visited a number of registration centres at Fakunle, Gbaemu, and Ayetoro areas of Osogbo reports that the exercise was smooth.
Adedoja Fabayo, a worker at Etisalat centre, said that there had been an increase in the number of subscribers presenting themselves for registration.
"The fact that the service providers are also promising bonus airtime is a major attraction,’’ Adedoja said.
A subscriber, Ojuolape Odetola, said she had to visit the centre when she kept receiving text messages from her service provider.
"Although I have registered my SIM, I am here to be sure so that I don’t get disconnected,’’ Ojuolape said.
Another subscriber, Felix Dada, expressed the hope that the exercise would be worthwhile.
According to him, ‘’this registration should be done in a way that criminals can be traced through their GSM lines’’.
"The next step to take by the NCC is to regulate call tariffs of service providers as call tariffs in Nigeria are still on the high side,’’ Dada said.
Adams Badmus, a registration official at Gbaemu junction Oshogbo, said his office had been besieged by subscribers who had registered earlier but were not sure of their status.
The SIM card registration is at the instance of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), in conjunction with all the service providers.
The exercise is to end on Sunday, when all unregistered lines are expected to be barred.