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Call masking: No lifting of ban, remain offense insists Maida – ITREALMS

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has insisted that call masking remained a crime punishable in the nation’s telecommunications space, reports ITREALMS.
Call masking: No lifting of ban, remain offense insists Maida – ITREALMS
The Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, Dr. Aminu Maida disclosed this to ITREALMS on Thursday at a media parley which coincided with his 100 days in office held in Lagos.

Call masking is a telephone feature that displays a designated phone number on outbound calls; Callers could only see the caller ID that you set and not your actual phone number or extension.

Responding to ITREALMS question, EVC Maida said that as far as he knows, call masking ban has not been lifted.

This, he maintained, remained a crime and criminal offenses have some deterrent actions.

Also speaking, the Executive Commissioner, Technical Services, Engr. Ubale Ahmed Maska reiterated the EVC position, declaring that “it remained a criminal offense to operate call masking in the country.”

He also revealed that some measures are being put in place to ensure such perpetrators are tracked and punished.

In addition, he disclosed that NCC has recently completed installation of some equipment to aid the Commission in tracking masked calls and eventually break the perpetrators to book.

The latest installations, he said, would avail NCC more surveillance, emphasising that punishment will be meted to offenders.

Further, the EVC reeled out his strategic plans to be anchored on four pillars including, collaboration, data-centric, compliance and digitalisation of processes.

As said by Maida, the importance of collaboration cannot be over-emphasised given the fact that telecommunications binds every other sectors of the economy.

NCC under his watch, he said would ensure data-centric engagement so as to ensure that data drives and used to project the work of the commission, as such that industry data collection is paramount in its service delivery, while focus on critical stakeholders, namely the consumers, licensees and the government.

Maida, who was also accompanied by the Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management, Mr. Adeleke Morounfolu Adewolu, some directors, deputy directors, heads of units as well as, Director, Public Affairs, Mr. Reuben Muoka, anticipated all the licensees of NCC to comply with the rules of the game towards making the sector the defacto engine-room of the modern economies.

Pointing out that network reliability will be encouraged to empower consumers to have a better connectivity and move away from multiple SIM usage.

Efforts, he said, would be geared towards making data more affordable, thereby advancing the general security to improve end-user experience.

He warned that there will be consequences for using SIM for frauds in the country and NCC will tighten any loose end to make sure this is achieved.

Whereas, he said that NCC will leverage digitalisation to work processes more friendly to the eco-system including subscribers and investors.

Remmy Nweke/DoP


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