IT NEWS NIGERIA:
Apex telecoms regulator, Nigerian Communication Commission
(NCC) has revealed yesterday at Obajana, Kogi State that it will never endorse equipment
that would endanger the lives of the citizens of the country.
Director Zonal Operations at NCC, Amina Shehu stated this where NCC was hosted
by the community at a sensitization forum organised by the Commission, focused
on the imperative of protecting telecom infrastructure.
There were concerns telecoms masts pose dander to people’s
live in the host communities leading to tempering of the transmission assets by
He assured Nigerians that the Commission “will never approve the deployment of infrastructure and equipment by telecom operators if such facilities are hazardous”.
Khadiyah Abari, Principal Manager Zonal Operations
Department at NCC head office who represented Shehu, told the participants that
the advent of GSM and other emergent communication technologies and
applications has re-engineered the Nigerian economy and social well-being but
NCC is particularly interested in addressing the challenges that have come with
the successes of new communication technologies and other risks that are
undermining the ability of the Commission to consolidate on the gains recorded
by the telecom sector.
One of such is the need to address the vandalism being
visited on telecom infrastructure, facilities and equipment because the
destruction is affecting seamless and robust provision of telecommunication
services in the country. Abari told the gathering made up of community leaders
and representatives of a broad spectra of groups in the community and security
agencies that misconceptions and obfuscation of facts about telecom
infrastructure especially base stations are uncalled for.
Abari stated that the Commission’s attention has been drawn
to rising public concerns regarding likely negative health effects of
Electromagnetic Frequency (EMF) radiation emanating from telecommunication
infrastructure and that while the Commission continues to invest in and monitor
research trends in all spheres, it is inappropriate for all of us to allow the
peddling of inaccurate and unscientific information. This explains the
increasing wave of sensitization by NCC to put the facts correctly. “The
NCC as a world class organisation and flagship regulatory authority in the
Nigerian public sector will never approve deployment of infrastructure and
equipment by telecom operators if such facilities are hazardous. Even
telephones are type approved by NCC before they are allowed to be marketed to
the consumers”, Abari emphasized to the large group of enthusiastic
participants at the forum.