By Etuka Sunday
Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has identified vandalism as a major threat to quality service delivery in the telecoms industry, therefore, called on consumers and other stakeholders to protect the facilities.
The Director, Zonal Operations, NCC, Mrs Amina Shehu made the call at a sensitization workshop organized by the Commission on the Protection of Telecoms Infrastructure, at the weekend in Nasarawa Eggon, Nasarawa state.
The Sensitization Workshop was organized by NCC to enlighten the public and other stakeholders on the need to protect Telecom infrastructure within their communities.
It was also intended to present a platform for cooperation between stakeholders in the Telecommunications Industry to reach an understanding towards putting into proper perspective the concerns most often expressed by the public about telecoms infrastructure.
Represented by the Principal Manager, Zonal Operations, NCC, Mr Abubakar Usman, Mrs Shehu stressed the need for consumers to treat telecoms facilities as collectively-owned infrastructure that are crucial and essential for the provision of efficient and acceptable Quality of Service (QoS), and ought to be keenly protected.
She however, regretted that vandalism of telecom infrastructure has continued to be a major challenge in the telecoms industry.
She assured that the Commission has continued to collaborate with the relevant Agencies to ensure adequate security for telecoms facilities.
Mrs Shehu said, the Commission’s attention was also drawn to rising public concerns regarding alleged likely negative health effects of Electromagnetic Frequency (EMF) radiation emanating from telecommunications infrastructure.
“Those negative concerns about this subject have in some cases led to interference and or agitation against the deployment of required infrastructure to the detriment of delivering of quality telecom services in the country.
“In response to these growing concerns and commitment to public safety, the NCC through the Zonal Operations Department deems it necessary as one of its core functions to organize this sensitization workshop,” she said.
In a presentation, the Principal Manager, Technical Standard and Network Integrity, NCC, Engr. Kunle Olorundare
spoke intensively on the need to protect Telecoms Infrastructure noting that the benefits are enormous, such as: job creation, attractiveness to investors among others.
He urged the indigenes to ensure they protect Telecom Infrastructure, desist from illegal restrictions of Telecoms facilities and report any act of vandalism to the authority.
Earlier, the Chairman, Nasarawa EGGON Local Government, Hon. Idris Danlami Mohammed who was represented by Hon. Masin Godiya pledged to mobilise the District Heads and Youths of Nasarawa Eggon to ensure the protection of the facilities in their domain.