FG expresses worry over sub-standard handsets, others

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Thursday, expressed concern over the proliferation of sub-standard handsets, and other ICT devices in the country.

It noted that the negative impact such counterfeit products have on health of users,called for greater concern, hence the urgent need to address it urgently.

As part of measures to address the situation, the NCC said it was embarking on sensitisation workshops across the country , as well as partnerships with relevant stakeholders.

Director, Zonal Operations of NCC, Amina Shehu, stated this at a sensitisation workshop in Bear Area Council of the FCT.

“As we all know, sub-standard, counterfeit or non-type approved handsets are a global menace and much more severe in the third world and developing economies. In Nigeria, as in other developing countries, this problem has been very challenging because of its large population and market size that make such markets very attractive to marketers of non-type approved handsets.

“It is in response to these concerns in the public domain, and the commitment of the NCC in improving quality of service, public safety and the general well-being of phone users that this sensitization is organized.

“This gathering is aimed at sensitizing stakeholders on some key challenging issues in telecommunications in Nigeria. The workshop is one in the series of organized, conscious self-activity of the Commission instituted to underline our belief in forging strategic partnerships with a spectrum of stakeholders. The long term objective is to create regulatory awareness on the need for type approval to consolidate the exponential gains recorded in the telecommunications industry in Nigeria”, Shehu said.

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