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Reps to amend NCC Act to Enforce Sanctions on Unsolicited Messages

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Reps to amend NCC Act to Enforce Sanctions on Unsolicited Messages

As part of efforts to put curb the menace of unsolicited messages amongst the subscribers of telecom operators, the House of Representatives say it will amend the Nigerian Communications Commission’s (NCC) Act.

This was disclosed recently in Ibadan by the Chairman, House Committee on Telecommunications, Hon. Saheed Akinade- Fijabi, while featuring at the South-West Group of Online Publishers (SWEGOP) media chart.

According to Akinade-Fijabi, one of the major amendments on the NCC Act is the unsolicited message, which has passed through the second reading.

“There are a lot of amendments in the NCC Act but the major one is on the unsolicited messages”.

Akinade-Fijabi who is a member of All Progressives Congress (APC), said the amendment of the NCC Act will serve as a legal back up in order to sanction any erring companies”.

“I am facing the kind of what you face, I buy recharge cards just like you, it is affecting us also, but I want to assure you that we are working to stop unsolicited messages, there are a lot of amendments on the NCC Act especially on the unsolicited messages, the amendment has passed through the second reading.

“The major amendment on the NCC Act is that of the unsolicited messages, after it has been passed and the President gives his assent, it will serve as sanction to defaulter.

“You see recently NCC fined MTN, that is part of what we have been doing. When passed, and the President assents, then we can sanction the defaulter”, he said.

Before now, the NCC have been involved in numerous campaigns to ensure that Nigerian consumers get the needed support concerning unsolicited messages.

The year witnessed a massive awareness drive to make consumers take advantage of the Commission’s unique programmes such as the Do-Not-Disturb Code, 2442, which consumers can use to stop unsolicited text messages; and toll free number 622 with which consumers can reach the Commission in cases where the service providers fail to resolve their complaints.

NCC is determined to ensure total compliance and this is a measure of last resort.

“The NCC impose regulation as a measure of last resort, after we have given the MNO time to ensure compliance and we have monitored them to ensure compliance to ensure that the compliance is not selective.” Professor Umar Danbatta, NCC boss said.

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