An Official of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC said that telecom equipment brought into the country were tested to ensure that they were hazards-free.
The Director of Consumer Affairs of NCC, Mrs. Maryam Bayi, said on Tuesday in Abuja that any telecom equipment brought into the country had been screened to meet international standards.
According to a news agency of Nigeria, NAN report, Bayi said the equipment were brought to be used for best practices and not to cause health damages or threats to the society.
The report further said Bayi told the news agency that the commission has embarked on sensitisation programme across the country to dismiss rumours that telecom masts and towers are the major cause of cancer.
“It has become imperative to correct the misinformation being propagated that masts and towers have negative effects on human health.
“The research conducted by the World Health Organisation, WHO and other technical research institutes have not shown any risk to human life as a result of radiation emanating from telecom equipment.
“All the equipment brought into the country are tested to ensure they meet international industry standards before they can be used in the country,’’ she said.
She said that poor network service in some cases might be based on the network service providers, adding that consumers had the right to switch to other networks in case the one they used was not satisfying them.
“We advise people to switch to other networks based on the issue of poor connectivity and other dissatisfaction from the service providers.
“ Mobile Number Portability is a service that enables consumers to move to other networks without losing their original numbers and we encourage consumers to change to another network if they are dissatisfied,’’ Bayi said.
The Director said the commission was planning more programmes that could strengthen the growth of the sector and ensure that consumers got value for their money.

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