The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC has sensitised Okene residents in Kogi State on the need to protect telecom Infrastructure by regarding them as collectively owned.
In a workshop on the Protection of Telecom Infrastructure the Head of Zonal Operations, Mrs Amina Shehu, who was represented by Mr. Ekisola Oladisun, Principal Manager, said the sensitisation was aimed at enlightening the public and other stakeholders on the need to protect telecom infrastructure within their communities.
This workshop is also intended to present a platform for cooperation between stakeholders in the Telecommunications Industry to reach an understanding towards putting into proper perspective the concerns most often expressed by the public about telecoms infrastructure, he said.
Oladisun said the Programme was also aimed at creating awareness about the importance of telecommunication infrastructure.
It is instructive to note that the advent of GSM has re-engineered our economy and social well-being. However, there are some challenges pervading the seamless provision of telecommunication services in the country arising from some misconceptions and misguided facts about key telecom infrastructure such as Base Stations (BTS), etc. More so, these facilities have been targets of vandalism, theft and hostility from some host communities, he stated.
Mr Oladisun said Nigeria has recorded tremendous growth in her Gross Domestic Product (GDP) since the introduction of GSM 15 years ago. He, however, said that Regrettably, vandalism of telecom infrastructure has continued to be a major challenge in the telecom industry; notwithstanding, the Commission has continued to collaborate with the relevant Agencies and to ensure adequate security for telecoms facilities. Also engage stakeholders on the need to protect telecommunications infrastructure.
Mr Oladisun noted other setbacks to include: multiple tax levies from States, Local Government Areas, Communities and individuals; theft of fibre cables, Right of Way (RoW) issues and others.
It is important to note that the spate of vandalism of Telecoms Infrastructure across the country has resulted in slowing the pace of growth of services, he said.
It is therefore imperative for the public to regard telecom facilities as collectively owned infrastructure, that are crucial and essential for the provision of efficient and acceptable Quality of Service (QoS) and ought to be keenly protected, he explained.
The Senior Manager, Technical Standards and Network Integrity ,NCC Mr. Musa Daibu, in a paper presentation said the Nigerian Government recently sponsored a bill before the National Assembly which when passed into law will ensure that Telecoms Infrastructure in the country are classified as Critical National Asset.
Mr Daibu urged all stakeholders, Traditional Rulers and individuals to collectively protect telecoms infrastructure in the communities.
The Sole administrator of Okene Local government Mr. Abdulrazaq Yusuf who was represented by Mr. Suleiman Diato applauded the NCC for enlightening the residents and promised that all hands will be on deck for the protection of infrastructures in the communities.
The workshop presented a platform for interaction between stakeholders in the Telecommunications Industry to reach an understanding towards putting into proper perspective the concerns most often expressed by the public about telecom infrastructure.
Source: Voice of Nigeria