NCC stresses importance of consultation in communication industry

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Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has explained why it consistently   consult with stakeholders on issues affecting telecommunication services deployments and developments.

NCC said such consultation is pivotal to the growth of the industry. 

The Commission disclosed this during an audience with the delegation of the Food Basket Foundation International (FBFI), led by its Chief Executive Officer, Funmi Akinyele.

The delegation was at the NCC Headquarters in Abuja on a courtesy visit. 

Mr. Reuben Muoka, the Director of Public Affairs, who represented the Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission (EVC), Prof. Umar Danbatta said the Commission is committed to strengthening its regulation of the telecommunication sector.

He said NCC is desirous of  providing solid infrastructure and general industry regulations.

Meanwhile, Funmi Akinyele who expressed her displeasure in the uncontrolled contents on social media also commended the Commission’s regulatory excellence, highlighting its effort in ensuring there are regulations, frameworks and guidelines to guard the telecoms sector and online civic space.

She further added that the visit to the Commission  was to explore areas of collaboration in its programme to protect the digital civic space by combating misinformation and disinformation while mitigating risks to the digital civic space to ensure electoral integrity before, during and after the 2023 General Elections.

Muoka, reacting to that,  stated that the Commission is not responsible for the content of the social media as there are other government agencies that are responsible for that.

He added that the commission operates an open door policy, that it collaborates with stakeholders. 

“We have tried not to be a closed organization. We give lots of premiums to consultations and collaborations, especially in the areas that will ensure that the consumers and stakeholders understand what is going on and to make input that enriches the quality of regulations, as well as being able to access information they may require to safeguard themselves and the society.

“Commission has engaged in several aspects of protection of the users of the Internet, such as initiatives towards Child Online Protection, COP, deployment of the Computer Security Incident Response Team, NCC-CSIRT, set up to monitor cyber-attacks in the Nigerian cyberspace, in addition to the activities of the Commission’s department of New Media and Information Security set up to address issued of cybersecurity,” he added

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