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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Bizman tasks FG on substandard CDMA phones

A concerned Nigerian and international businessman, Mr. Christopher Chukwurah, has raised alarm over substandard phones being flooded in the markets by Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) operators. He also warned that the Federal Government should take drastic action so as to save the lives of its citizenry.

The businessman, who trades on mobile phones told newsmen recently in Lagos that those phones do not have anti-radiation devices and can cause brain cancer to their users in the long run.

“When you use these phones to make call for about two to three minutes it would start getting very hot, showing that the phone doesn’t have anti-radiation. And that carries radiation directly into someone’s ear, which can in future cause a lot of brain complications, resulting in brain cancer in the country.

“They sell these phones as cheap as N1,500 in the name of bonanza, while competing among themselves. I have dismantled the phones and found out that they don’t contain a lot of ICs mobile phones are supposed to have.

“Federal Government should act quickly by stopping these companies from bringing these phones into the country for the safety of lives of its citizenry, since the Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) is not doing its job,” he said.

Chukwurah further urged the government to lift the ban on some contraband, especially vehicles, adding that such ban encourages high level corruption among Custom officials.

“I cannot understand why government should place a ban on importation of vehicles that are above eight years whereas vehicles that are as old as 30 years are still being used in the country.

“You can only put such embargo when you are producing your own, but here in Nigeria, we are not producing. So, what alternative has government provided?,” he wondered.

He advised Customs officials to shun feeding fat from contraband goods and extorting huge amount of money from importers while the government and its citizens lose.

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