Representatives of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) are confident that the N1.7 Billion price tag for its SIM registration project is money well spent.
Media reports say the NCC has paid just over N1.7 Billion to seven vendors involved in the Project.
Senior representatives within the NCC have been quick to allay misgivings about the SIM registration exercise – specifically the budget allocated – saying that payments to contractors servicing the NCC are paid in line with procurement conditions stipulated in contracts.
According to an online report posted in This Day, Juwah said that the Commission was deploying verification technology as the project was nearing verification, with more than 40% of the collected data cleansed.
The report quoted Juwah as saying, “We are taking this project very seriously and I can assure you that it will be very successful. We have been cautious in the implementation of this project, especially because of the controversies that it has generated.”
He added, “The truth is that they have finished registration and have supplied all the data in their possession but we won’t pay until data is verified that it was not duplicated because it is easy to create fake data. The time we are taken to verify should not be seen as wasted because the implication is that if we do not verify, we might be faced with a situation whereby data of a criminal and the finger print would not match.”
Government sources within the sub-committee have claimed that there is wide-spread national interest in the project in Nigeria, specifically because of the funds involved and the issue of security.