From Femi Oyelola Kaduna
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has refuted the allegation that telecommunication mast and towers causes health hazards; saying that the World Health Organization (WHO), has affirmed that no result of any such hazard has been established against base stations.
The Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Professor Umar Garba Danbatta disclosed this at the ongoing 39th Kaduna International Trade Fair.
Prof Danbatta reaffirmed that the Commission still maintains the WHO team that conducted test on some base stations. He therefore called on individual, or community adducing such reasons to deny right of way to the telecom companies, and prevent them from expanding services.
Prof Danbatta who was represented by the Deputy Director, Corporate Strategy, Hajiya Amina Shehu, said statistics has shown positive movement in provision of services to the citizenry with internet penetration standing at about 92 million subscribers in September, 2017, while phone subscription stands at about 140 million at the same period.
Speaking on the mandate of NCC, he said that the Commission is independent telecom regulator in Nigeria, recognizes that telecommunications services are very important to the nation, and more importantly, that the consumers of telecommunications services deserve to get value for their money, and be treated as a very important stakeholders in the scheme of things as far as service delivery is concerned.
He said, “The main thrust of our participation at the fair this year is to promote a major campaign, dedicated to the welfare of the consumer, which the Commission launched last year.”