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NCC Lists Hazards of Non-Type Approved Handsets and Devices

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The Nigerian Communications Commission has held sensitisation and knowledge-sharing programme on the correlation between mobile handsets that are not type-approved by the commission for safe use and good quality of service.

Speaking on the occasion at Paiko, near Minna in Niger State, the executive vice chairman and chief executive officer of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta said besides the negative implication on the quality of service available to the user of non-type approved and substandard handsets or other mobile devices, using uncertified sets was hazardous and posed threat to successful management of electronic wastes.

Represented by the director, zonal operations of the commission, Amina Shehu, the NCC boss noted that apart from the risk posed to humans by counterfeited and substandard mobile devices, fake handsets and other devices have implications for the quality of consumer experience and it damages the integrity of the networks, and also threatens both the security and economy of the nation.

He therefore called on the participants at the programme to be mindful of the types of phones they use in order to minimize the risks of radiation and other negative consequences associated with counterfeit and substandard mobile devices.

He told the audience that NCC was working collaboratively with Consumer Protection Council, Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON), agencies charged with the duty of protecting the environmemt as well as those in the security to address the menace of importation and sale of non- type approved handsets in the country.

The sensitization workshop came just two days the telecom regulator organized a public inquiry on draft guidelines for disaster recovery and draft regulations on e-waste held at tits headquarters where Danbatta affirmed that electronic waste constituted the fastest- growing waste stream in the world, saying because that genre of waste is non-biodegradable, it was time stakeholders took concrete implementable actions to arrest the proliferation of electronic waste in the country.

The district head of Paiko who also participated at the event which held at his palace expressed appreciation to the commission for hosting the programme at Paiko. He seized the opportunity to request for NCC’s support to the community in the area of ICT infrastructure and promised to collaborate with NCC in all its programmes.

Other participants at the event included the director social development at Paiko, Alhaji Danlami Iliyasu,who represented the chairman of Paiko Local Government Area.

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