The Nigerian Communications Commission has expressed concern over the frequent destruction and theft of telecommunications equipment in many communities across the country.
The telecommunications regulatory agency said people should take ownership of the infrastructure and protect it from thieves and vandals.
Chairman of the NCC Board of Commissioners, Prof. Adeolu Akande, in a speech at a stakeholder forum organized by the commission in Ibadan on Friday, instructed the townspeople and Nigerians in general to always report suspicious movements around telecommunications facilities to security agencies.
Akande said that many aspects of the economy rely on telecommunications, adding that disrupting telecommunications services by any means would have a negative effect on almost all other sectors.
The Chairman of the NCC Board of Commissioners said, “We are here in Ibadan to discuss one of the most important issues that concern us, which is how to protect the telecommunications infrastructure. Telecommunications infrastructure is important and we need to ensure that we view it as critical national infrastructure.
“We need the cooperation of members of the public and consumers to protect the infrastructure; we are doing this across the country to seek support from Nigerians and telecom service providers.
The director of the NCC’s Office of Consumer Affairs, Efosa Idehen, urged residents to support telecommunications companies by ensuring that their equipment is always protected from theft and destruction.
“Let us all work together to ensure that the infrastructure is protected for better and quality service delivery,” he said.
The Olubadan of Ibadaland, Oba Lekan Balogun, stressed the importance of the protection of telecommunications equipment by the population.
The monarch, who was represented by Chief Ademola Odunade, urged people to allow telecom companies to install their masts in their areas, saying, “No demon will bother you if they install it in your area.”