NCC set to eliminate substandard mobile devices in Nigeria
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says it will soon eliminate the use of substandard mobile devices in the country.
It frowned at the importation and marketing of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) devices, saying approved phone list are on its website.
NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, Mr Nnamadi Nwokike said this in a statement Sunday in Abuja.
Nwokije said NCC is worried by the continuous proliferation of substandard mobile phones and devices in the country and had again advised telecom consumers to eschew patronage and usage of counterfeit handsets and other substandard mobile devices.
He said the commission made its position known at a one-day event tagged: “Sensitisation Programme on Hazardous Effect of Non-type Approved Handsets and Impact on Quality of Service and E-waste”, held at Paiko, Niger state, recently.
According to him, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Professor Umar Danbatta, while addressing participants at the event said the programme was part of the commission’s deliberate move to educate and create awareness on the hazardous health effects and negative economic implications of the patronage of fake handsets.
He said the programme was also to educate the participants on the negative effect of also using other Information and Communication Technology (ICT) devices in the country.
The programme also featured questions and answers between the consumers and the regulator.
According to Danbatta, who was represented by Director, Zonal Operations Department at NCC, Mrs Amina Shehu, the programme was designed by the commission to educate and enlighten the masses on the need to use type-approved handsets.
“And the benefits of using such equipment which includes better quality of service (QoS), network integrity and safety of the end-users.”
Danbatta frowned at the proliferation of counterfeit handsets in the country and said the menace of counterfeit and substandard handsets has assumed a global dimension.