COVID-19: NCC canvasses for right of passage for telecom companies

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AS national lockdown looms over the spread of Coronavirus in the country, the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has called for free movement of telecom service providers. The NCC supports the right of passage, RoP, for all telecommunications companies for easy movement in the event of a total lockdown or restriction of movement.

In a statement signed by Henry Nkemadu, director, Public Affairs, NCC, the commission also supported RoP for suppliers that are involved in supplies of fuels, foods and other support services to telecom operators. The statement noted that the ROP would allow for free movement in the event of partial or total lockdown as a result of the coronavirus.

According to the commission, it is in touch with law enforcement agencies to constantly protect telecom infrastructure nationwide. The NCC will come out from time to time with enlightenment information on the dangers of the virus so that consumers can be guided accordingly.

“As the COVID-19, better known as coronavirus, continues to ravage the global community, the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, as the telecommunications industry regulator, has put in place measures to support initiatives by other stakeholders to curtail this scourge.

“The commission, in conjunction with industry players and all other government agencies, has agreed to reduce the frequency of physical meetings all through the period of the coronavirus outbreak and considered alternative electronic meeting platforms, in order to reduce person-to-person contact that may arise from travels or meetings.

“Departments within the commission that interface with customers have developed e-platforms where all licensing requests, consumer complaints and base transceiver station (BTS) investigation requests could be channeled or provide designated e-mail addresses to be used for such requests throughout the pandemic period,” it said.

The commission has also approved resource sharing by operators throughout the period of coronavirus. These include fibre optics cables and other resources in the event of cable cuts and other unforeseen developments during the period of coronavirus outbreak.

It has directed Mobile Network Operators, MNO, to ensure that their Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, programmes are in tandem with government initiatives to curtail the COVID-19 pandemic in order to provide safety and support aid materials that will protect the public against coronavirus. “All social and official visits to the Commission have been cancelled immediately and visitors advised to use relevant online platforms and or telephone services in accessing the Commission’s services.

“For those who may be affected, the commission implores them to take advantage of the Emergency Communications Centres, ECC, by dialing the toll-free number 112,” NCC said.

– Mar. 27, 2020 @ 14:39 GMT |

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