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Unsolicited adverts by telecom companies, Senate on the Rescue

 

The Nigerian Senate has risen in defense of Nigerians on the growing trend in unsolicited messages and adverts by telecom companies and service providers.

The senate in her deliberations Tuesday at the chambers on the motion moved by Yahaya Abdullahi,to check intrusive and unsolicited adverts from service providers.

The Senate also resolved to urge the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) to ensure that any person or entity found to have abused regulatory guidelines is sanctioned, in accordance with the extant rules and regulations.

Mr Abdullahi, in his motion declares that Nigerians have not enjoyed quality of services despite the money expended by the citizenries and the huge revenue accruing to the service providers.

Also,the legislator expressed worry at the growing incidence of dropped calls, unaccounted “disappearance” of airtime from devices, weak signals across networks and false report of unavailable call destinations.

Inaddition,Abdulahi catalogued issue of frequent unsolicited calls, product and programme promos, instances of tricking Nigerians to subscribe to riddles and jokes, indiscriminate religious contents and caller tunes that sometimes offend subscribers’ sensibilities.

“Even with the setting up of the “Do-Not-Disturb (DND)” opt-out application, as demanded by the NCC, the GSM operators have not done enough to educate the public on its availability and workings,” he said.

Senator Abdulahi bemoaned the high tariffs and an estimated 150 million subscribers in the country, the four leading operators within the industry, namely MTN, (53.4million, or 39 per cent), Airtel, (38.3 million, or 26per cent), Globacom, (38.2 million, or 26 per cent) and 9Mobile, (16.8%, or 12 per cent), the companies are yet to fully integrate themselves into the larger Nigerian economy, in ways that could provide opportunities for Nigerians to benefit from their operations.

Meanwhile the Senate has resolved to urge the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) to ensure that any person or entity found to have abused regulatory guidelines is sanctioned, in accordance with the extant rules and regulations.

Moreso,the senate mandated that the Committee on Communications to invite the four leading GSM operators, NCC, representatives of the Nigerian Consumer Protection Council, and the Association of Advertising Practitioners of Nigeria (AAPN), to address the situation.

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