The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has denounced the high level of vandalism of telecommunications infrastructure in so many communities across the country.
The commission also stated that it is imperative that the public regard telecommunications facilities as collectively owned infrastructure that is essential for the provision of efficient and acceptable telecommunications services that must be carefully protected.
The commission’s director of zonal operations, Amina Shehu, said so yesterday during a day-long sensitization program on ‘Protection of telecommunications infrastructure’, in Dikko/Sabbon Wuse, Utah. State of Niger.
Shehu, who was represented by the deputy director of the commission, Mr. Abubakar Usman, said, “Telecommunications are an integral part of our daily lives with the provision of services ranging from telephony, entertainment, information and learning across a wide range of media platforms. .
“These achievements would not have been possible without the active collaboration of all relevant stakeholders and the enabling and healthy environment provided by the government in the sector. However, while we aim to sustain this growth and the industry continues to evolve, we face various challenges that have hampered the development of the industry with regards to infrastructure deployment.
“Vandalism of telecommunications infrastructure continued to be a major challenge in the telecommunications industry. However, the commission continued to work with relevant agencies to ensure adequate security of telecommunications facilities.”
He pointed out that over the past 15 years, the commission has seen a huge and significant contribution to Nigeria’s GDP.
In his remarks, the traditional ruler of Sabbon Wuse, Alhaji Adamu Bako, assured NCC of his support to protect the telecommunications infrastructure around the community.