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NCC, National Assembly move against misuse of social media

 

The Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has revealed that plans are underway to collaborate with the National Assembly to enact a law that will regulate the social media platforms.

The NCC Controller in charge of Kano zone, Mr. Tanimu Bawa made this known this in Daura during the commission’s Consumer Conversation Programme held, Thursday.

Bawa who pointed out that the misuse of the social media needed to be checked and regulated, said that the platforms must be censored to ensure peace and stability in the polity.

He averred that said the programme was aimed at listening to the complaints, suggestions and recommendations from the consumers on how to improve services. Stressing that delivery of qualitative services was a major objective of the commission.

 

[penci_blockquote style=”style-2″ align=”none” author=””]Bawa who pointed out that the misuse of the social media needed to be checked and regulated, said that the platforms must be censored to ensure peace and stability in the polity.[/penci_blockquote]

“The commission has within 18 years regulated and registered 162 million mobile phone users nationwide.

“We have raised our broad band penetration to 22 per cent for data coverage from the previous 13 per cent,” he said.

The controller, however, warned dealers against the sale of unregistered telephones lines, and cautioned those operating illegal registration centres to desist from such practices.

Some of the participants at the event complained of poor network connectivity in Daura and its environs. One of them, Malam Ado Mohammed, identified lack of wide coverage of data services as a problem.

 

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An official of one of the communication firms, Malam Idris Usman, however, disclosed that most of the poor services recorded were due to network congestion and assured that the service providers would analyse the problems and addressed them squarely.

He appealed to the people to consider telephone masts erected in their farms or communities as harmless.

“I want to call the attention of Nigerians to the fact that telephone masts are not dangerous to health, as earlier canvassed by those who were not experts on how the technology works.

“We have been enlightening people on this issue that our masts are not harmful,” he said.

Highlights of the events were consumers’ interactive sessions with service providers, including MTN, Globacom, Airtel and IHS.

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