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As the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) prepares for
the next phase of the expansion of broadband services in Nigeria, the
Commission says citizens should see the protection of telecommunications
infrastructure as a collective responsibility.
Amina Shehu, Director Zonal Operations at the Commission
stated this in the morning at Okene, Kogi State where NCC held another edition
of Sensitization Programme focused on the protection of telecom infrastructure.
Oladisun Ekisola, a Principal Manager in the Zonal Operations Department who
represented Shehu said giving the exponential growth in telecommunications
services in Nigeria since the birth of the Global System of Mobile
communications two decades ago, and the multiplier effect it has had on all
sectors of the economy, NCC found it imperative to call on all stakeholders to
cooperate with the Commission and security agencies to give adequate protection
to telecoms facilities all over the country.
Shehu stated that while other challenges such as multiple regulation, multiple taxation, and concerns about the Right of Way (RoW) for cascading fibres are being addressed, it was necessary to tame those involved in the theft of fibre cables and vandalism of telecom facilities.
Shehu’s voice was amplified by Bako Wakil, Head of Technical
Standards and Network Integrity (TSNI) at the Commission, who was represented
by Musa Daibu, a Senior Manager in TSNI Department. Wakil noted that the
Commission enthusiastically awaits the passage of the bill on the protection of
national critical assets by the National Assembly because the bill classifies
telecom infrastructure as critical national assets. He therefore called on all
citizens, communities and traditional leaders to come into a strategic alliance
with other stakeholders to ensure adequate protection for telecommunications
facilities because of its implication for quality of telecom services as well
as for the growth and development of the country.
The programme was very interactive as participants raised
lots of questions and seized the opportunity to discuss their experiences as
subscribers to telecom services in the country.