CJN provides telecom investors with security and justice


By Olaifa’s blessing, Abuja

Nigeria’s Chief Justice (CJN) Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad yesterday assured stakeholders and investors in the telecommunications sector of the security of their multi-billion dollar investments in the country.

Muhammad said telecommunications stakeholders, investors and consumers have nothing to fear as the judiciary will ensure swift and transparent justice on telecommunications matters.

However, the executive vice chairman of the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), Professor Umar Danbatta, said the judiciary should be prepared for an imminent increase in disputes over the ownership of online content and material.

“It is anticipated that with the increase in the amount of content online, as well as the economic value attached to it, there will be conflicts over the ownership of content and materials online.

“It is necessary that Your Lordships be well prepared for the imminent increase in litigation in this area,” Danbatta said.

They made the remarks while addressing delegates at the opening ceremony of the National Workshop for Judges on Legal Issues in Telecommunications organized by the NCC and the National Judicial Institute (NJI) at the Transcorp Hotel, Abuja.

Muhammad noted that the telecommunications industry has grown over the years with more service providers making the industry competitive and prone to abuse.

CJN, which was represented by Justice John Nya Okoro of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, said the telecommunications sector has seen a significant increase in the number of service providers, making the sector more competitive and prone to abuse, some of the risk to consumers has given rise to a number of litigation and challenges that invariably end up in the courts for decision.

According to him, the growing need for consumer protection in this sector is becoming increasingly complex for the courts and the regulator in today’s converging context, which includes issues related to electronic transactions such as electronic commerce, electronic payment and e-banking, so many major challenges for the sector.

“Anyway, this workshop is essentially an opportunity for participants to recall the current challenges facing the telecoms sector.

“I have no doubt that this forum will provide more judicial officers with the legal and technical skills required to settle disputes in this particular area of ​​law and, in doing so, will keep them abreast of world best practices.

“I must commend the Nigerian Communications Commission for living up to its commitment to protect consumers from unfair practices by service providers.

“The judiciary, for its part, will not rest on its oars, because we will continue to interpret the relevant laws in accordance with the existing provisions of the law.

“Let me assure you that Nigerian justice is committed to the development of the telecommunications sector and will spare no effort to ensure transparent and expeditious justice. With this in mind, investors and industry stakeholders will be assured that their assets and investments are secure, ”said Muhammad.

In his remarks, Danbatta said that the information and communications technology (ICT) sector grew by around 6.3% in the first quarter of 2021, indicating that economic diversification in Nigeria can be achieved the most. quickly possible.

He said: “The increased dependence on telecommunications, as well as the growth recorded in the sector, have introduced certain legal connotation issues which will be examined by various experts during this workshop. One of them is the ownership of online content and material.

“It is anticipated that with the increase in the amount of content online, as well as the economic value attached to it, there will be conflicts over the ownership of content and materials online.

“It is necessary that Your Lordships be well prepared for the imminent increase in litigation in this area.

“In addition, with the increase in the number of transactions and businesses taking place in the online space, it is also appropriate that your Lordships be exposed to the peculiarities of conflict resolution in this age of digital presence and identity. online.

“The aim of this forum is to further strengthen the capacity of our eminent judges with practical ideas on these emerging issues in the field of telecommunications.

“This year’s theme ‘Arbitration in a Fast-Paced World of Technology and Digital Presence’ is not only appropriate, but it actually captures the areas where our traditional lifestyles are most challenged.

“I hope this workshop will shed light on these challenges and suggest ways to respond to the dynamics of changing times. “


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