The Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Dambatta, has said telecommunication facilities are critical national assets that must be protected by Nigerians.
Prof. Dambatta made the call on Thursday at a consumer conversation programme organised by the NCC in collaboration with network providers at the Delta State School of Health Technology, Ofuoma, Ughelli.
According to the NCC Chief Executive Officer who was represented by the Port Harcourt Zonal Controller of the Commission, Mrs Venny Eze-Nwabufoh, “the introduction of GSM has made telephone services available to a lot of persons; the benefits of having GSM services are enormous, so, we should protect the facilities; telecom assets are critical national assets that must be protected.”
“No one should vandalize any of the base stations either by removing the batteries, generators or whatever because, any of such will affect the quality of services; Nigerians should take telecom facilities as theirs and protect them; report anyone who wants to vandalize or has vandalized telecom facilities to security operatives,” he stated.
He continued: “The commission considers consumers as the lifeblood of the telecom industry; the consumer conversation programme is to amplify the voice of telecom consumers in the industry; it provides consumers an additional avenue to be better educated about their rights and privileges to enable them make informed choices in dealing with network service providers.”
Prof. Dambatta spoke on different issues including how to stop unsolicited text messages through sending text message to 2442, to the importance of SIM registration where he stated that the sum of N5 million is imposed as fine on any network provider for every SIM card that is not registered.
The Provost of Delta State School of Health Technology, Dr. (Mrs) Augustina Erah, had in an address, thanked NCC for choosing the institution for its programme, asserting, “we want to work to achieve training and man power development especially in building ICT skill and we are ready to partner with the NCC to benefit from its interventionist programmes which will help update both the lecturers and students.”
“We need intervention by the provision of resources, supporting the school sporting activities and extending ICT services to our host communities,” Dr Erah said.
The director of information communication technology (ICT) in the school, Mr Onuiko Fred stated that the Consumer Conversation Program provided the opportunity for the service providers to know where they were lacking and provided good opportunity for the students and indigenes of Ofuoma to be enlightened on what they need to do with their network services while they also, gave suggestions to the NCC on what to do for improved telecom services, especially in Ofuoma and other parts of the country.