As part of efforts to drum more support for the security of telecommunications infrastructure in the country, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and law enforcement agencies assembled in the city of Port Harcourt, Rivers State for brainstorming, reports ITRealms.
Correspondent reports that the consciousness of the centrality of telecommunications and the revolutionary benefits the nation has derived from the exponential growth in the telecommunication sector, was the bottom-line for the session.
ITRealms also gathered that they were concerned about the attendant challenges, particularly the antics of criminals who through vandalism of telecom infrastructure, theft, and use of pre-registered SIM cards, are causing disruptions in telecom operations and undermining efforts at consolidating sectoral gains.
This, NCC said, was why the Commission is currently holding sensitization workshops for law enforcement agencies in all geopolitical zones of the country.
According to the Director, Public Affairs at NCC, Mr. Tony Ojobo, this workshops have been designed as a strategic partnership and collaboration between NCC and the nation's security sector, to embolden enforcement processes; the laws and regulatory frameworks; challenges of prosecution; and how ICT enables effective policing.
He also noted that similar workshops have been held in Lagos and Kano as anchors for the South West and North West zones respectively.
ITRealms further gathered this workshop under review targets the law enforcement agencies in the South South zone.
The Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, represented by Mr. Efosa Idehen, Head Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement, commended participants for good attendance and robust participation.
He also requested all law enforcement agencies to amplify the voice of the Commission, particularly in its determination to make 2017 Year Of The Telecom Consumer, a programme unveiled just a week ago to sensitize the public and heighten awareness about consumer issues across the industry.
“The increasingly strategic role of telecommunications and ICT in the economy, the fact that the commanding heights of the economy and all other sectors ride on telecoms services provided by operators regulated by NCC demand that the challenges confronting telecom operations be tackled speedily,” he said.
Idehen explained the current collaborative initiative of the Commission with the security sector to ensure that law enforcement agencies are conscious of their roles under the Nigerian Communications Act 2003, and other extant laws, regulations, guidelines and directions guiding telecommunication operation in Nigeria, up to and including arrests and prosecution of those who contravene the telecom laws in Nigeria.
This, he said, would help to ensure that the Quality of Service and the Quality of Consumer Experience are improved upon qualitatively with concrete benefits to the consumer, the telecom industry and the country at large.
ITRealms reports that participants at the workshop included personnel from the Office of the National Security Adviser; the Nigeria Police Force; Nigerian Customs Service; the Department of State Services; and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps.