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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Consumer protection roundtable gets new date

This year’s stakeholders forum tagged ‘Protecting the Consumer’ slated to hold in Lagos, yesterday has gotten a new date of April 30, 2009.

Managers of the forum, IT & Telecom Digest confirmed this development to ITRealms Online, they attributed it to the Senate Communications committee forum which coincided with the initial date. The forum, initiated by IT & Telecom Digest magazine in 2006 in close collaboration with Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), is a roundtable for stakeholders in affirmation of the regulator’s disposition to protecting telecommunications consumer.

While apologizing for the inconveniences the change in the date may have caused for stakeholders, the organizers promised that event would bring together under one roof, operators, equipment manufacturers, government officials, consumers and other interested parties, essentially to find ways to better protect the consumer in the emerging convergence in the industry.

The fourth in the series, the organizers also said that Stakeholders’ Forum, is now scheduled to take place on April 30, at the Golden Gate Restaurant in Ikoyi, Lagos, with theme: “Protecting the Consumer in an era of ICT Convergence.”

“It is expected to attract the key industry players, companies and individuals in the support industry like power, software, equipment suppliers, as well as the academia and consumer advocacy groups, among others,” Mr. Mkpe Abang who endorsed a press statement to that effect.Abang, who is the editor of IT & Telecom Digest magazine, noted that the forum is coming at a time when the industry is under pressure from the global economic meltdown, as this year edition is to proffer solutions to problems in the ICT sector.

“The outcome will be used keenly by the Consumer Affairs Bureau (CAB) of the NCC as a medium of reaching out to operators and the various businesses that have developed around the increasingly successful ICT industry in Nigeria,” he said.

Stressing that with a view to getting them all serve the consumers best in an atmosphere free of rancour in the emerging global village being further brought about by convergence in the ICT industry.

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