His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, authorized that the Device Management System ought to be carried out inside a quarter of a year.

This was reported in the commission’s Revised National Identity Policy for SIM Card Registration. And the move has the approvals of President Muhammadu Buhari.

With the intent to shorten the fake cell phone market, debilitate cell phone burglary, upgrade public safety, ensure shopper premium, increment income age for the public authority, decrease the pace of abduction, relieve the utilization of taken telephones for wrongdoing, and work with hindering or following of taken cell phones and other shrewd gadgets, one of the way to accomplish this is through the organization of Device Management System. The execution of a Centralized Equipment Identity Register also called Device Management System will fill in as a storehouse for tracking all enrolled cell phones’ International Mobile Equipment Identity and proprietors of such gadgets. IMEIs that have been accounted for as either taken or unlawful will be shared through the DMS to every one of the administrators and specialist organizations.

Passages from the arrangement reads as follow:

“Accordingly, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has directed that the Device Management System should be implemented within three months.

“With the aim to curtail the counterfeit mobile phone market, discourage mobile phone theft, enhance national security, protect consumer interest, increase revenue generation for the government, reduce the rate of kidnapping, mitigate the use of stolen phones for crime, and facilitate blocking or tracing of stolen mobile phones and other smart devices, one of the means to achieve this is through the deployment of Device Management System.

“The implementation of a Centralised Equipment Identity Register otherwise known as Device Management System will serve as a repository for keeping records of all registered mobile phones’ International Mobile Equipment Identity and owners of such devices.

“IMEIs that have been reported as either stolen or illegal will be shared through the DMS to all the operators and service providers.”

Nigerians will submit their phone identities to government in July

The IMEI number is a cell phone’s finger impression or extraordinary character. It is a 15-digit number exceptional to each telephone.

The IMEI number aides in tracing stolen mobile phones, regardless of the SIMs in these telephones.

With this move, the NCC would have the entirety of the data of all Nigerians in its data base, including the National Identification Number (NIN) whose enrolment is progressing.

The new deadline for the NIN-SIM linkage is June 30.