The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has mentioned folks within the opposition who’re making plenty of noise about insecurity try to blackmail the administration of President Muhammadu Buhar, whereas vowing that they won’t succeed.
Pantami added that for him, banditry and kidnapping had decreased from 2019 until now, going by the steps his ministry took in raking in unregistered SIM playing cards and imposing that solely registered sims had been in circulation.
The minister mentioned it was clear that some folks within the opposition had been drumming up the insecurity to “bring down the government of the All Progressives Congress and we will bring them to book Insha Allah.”
He made the claims, on Thursday, whereas that includes on the APC stewardship programme, organised by the APC Professionals Forum.
Pantami mentioned it was the initiative of his Ministry as a regulator that ensured that the National Communications Commission issued a directive to telecommunication operators to make registration of SIM playing cards obligatory for finish customers.
He mentioned, “Security can’t be ignored. Security can’t be compromised due to financial growth. We have give you so many insurance policies so as to help safety establishments.
“When I used to be assigned to oversee the sector on 24 August 2019, unregistered, and partial registered SIMs had been getting used to perpetuate crime within the nation.
“Nobody knew the entire register of unregistered sims. Within lower than 15 days within the workplace, now we have engaged the NCC as a regulator. We have directed them to hold audit train to allow them to give you unregistered and partially registered sims. They got here with round 9.4 million which is sufficient to populate one other nation. It was the primary time, we didn’t know the entire of unregistered sims within the nation.
“And we went further to direct NCC, to ensure that by 25th September 2019, that is only one month few days in office, I spent there to ensure that by end of September 2021, no sim that is not registered will be on our network. NCC as a regulator implemented that effectively.”
He accused the opposition events of hyping the narrative on insecurity to color the APC-led administration in a foul gentle.
“President Muhammadu shall be judged by safety and different achievements however the subject of safety will not be going to be a synthetic safety state of affairs in Nigeria.
“I need to clarify this very properly. Those who’re making an attempt to take down President Muhammadu Buhari via the again door is not going to succeed – you might be hyping up for folks to know that there’s insecurity to carry down the federal government of APC and we’ll carry them to guide Insha Allah.
“And I hope Nigerians and the media will pay attention to the minister, not taking a biased position but by empirical facts from the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, because it seems that people are now paying attention to blackmail in the social media,” the minister mentioned.