Stakeholders renew their demands for the protection of telecommunications infrastructure


Aug. 14 (THEWILL) – Advocacy for the protection of telecommunications infrastructure across the country by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has captured the attention of stakeholders from all walks of life.

Among the many calls from stakeholders, when it comes to protecting telecommunications infrastructure, is that made by the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Lekan Balogun, who urged every Nigerian citizen to take responsibility for the protection of telecommunications facilities to the mutual benefit of all.

The Traditional Ruler, who spoke through the Ayingun Olubadan of Ibadanland, Chief Ademola Odunade, at NCC’s Village Square Dialogue (VSD) at Mapo Hall, Ibadan, recently advised to the Nigerian public “to assist NCC in achieving its telecommunications protection objectives”. consumer because it should be seen as a collective responsibility.

The event, chaired by the Chairman of the NCC Board of Directors, Professor Adeolu Akande, was designed to discuss one of the most important issues affecting the operations of the telecommunications industry – the protection of the telecommunications infrastructure to guarantee a better quality of service for the benefit of businesses and consumers.

Akande, in his address to the guests of the forum which saw strong participation from traditional leaders, representatives of telecommunications operators and consumers, called on consumers and other stakeholders to unite to protect telecommunications infrastructure in their communities to ensure sustainable connectivity.

Akande said the goal of the consumer engagement was “to explore how we can all protect the telecommunications infrastructure to continue to provide us with vital services and we are pleased to bring this program to the state of ‘Oyo to really educate telecom consumers and other key stakeholders in This Concerns.’

Professor Akande noted that without telecommunications infrastructure, it will be difficult to communicate with family and friends over long distances while carrying out banking, insurance or accessing government services, education, entertainment and to other essentials of life.

“That means telecommunications infrastructure is important, and we all need to make sure that we guard and protect this critical national infrastructure,” Akande said.

He also listed such destabilizing situations in the telecommunications sector to include negative attitudes and actions of hostile communities; theft of diesel, batteries and generators from base stations; digging up and cutting fiber optic cables; seal/lock down Base Transceiver Station (BTS) sites and other disruptive activities that need to be decisively addressed.

NCC’s Consumer Affairs Office Director, Efosa Idehen, who commended Ibadan Axis consumers for their large turnout, pledged the Commission’s commitment to consumer care. Idehen said NCC has a responsibility to protect, inform and educate the one million telecommunications consumers in the country.

“Therefore, part of the activities to be carried out under this mandate is this type of program that is being held in Ibadan today. We appreciate your comments on all kinds of services that you receive in the telecommunications sector, but above all , we implore you to join in protecting the telecommunications infrastructure in your regions,” he said.

Idehen advised members of the public to report any suspected cases of threats to telecommunications infrastructure to law enforcement officers in their areas for necessary interventions. He reminded them that they can call the toll-free numbers 112 in case of emergency or 622 to report complaints about telecommunications services to the NCC.

However, the issue of telecom infrastructure is very critical, especially in the Southwest. For example, telecommunication services in the two southwestern states of Lagos and Ogun and in Rivers State are better than those in other states in the country.

Indeed, these three states had the highest concentration of telecom towers installed in Nigeria as of December 2021.

According to industry data released by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), these three states accounted for 21% of the installed telecommunications infrastructure in the country, which stood at 49,579.

Meanwhile, countries around the world now view telecommunications infrastructure as national assets. From China to India to the United States, countries impose strict penalties on individuals who destroy these assets.

Nigeria had a total of 303.64 million telephone lines connected in February 2022, according to the Nigerian Communications Commission.

About 197.77 million of those lines were in active service, according to the commission. The GSMA, the global association of telecommunications companies, said Nigeria had 97.5 million unique mobile subscribers in September 2018.

Experts have said that the role of telecommunications in the daily lives of Nigerians has increased dramatically since its launch in 2001. According to them, every sector of the economy today relies on some form of telecommunications service, making it makes an important point. Infrastructure.

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