Commission, NCC, has expressed
worry that the telecom service
providers in Nigeria are suffering
untold hardship in the country as
a result of imposition of taxes and
Executive Vice Chairman, NCC,
Prof Umaru Garba Danbatta, who
made this known in an address
at the NCC special day at the ongoing
27th Enugu International
Trade Fair, also lamented that
apart from the taxes and levies,
the service providers are further
burdened with regulations that
restrict right of way to deploy or
expand services.
“The result is that even when
the service providers are willing
to make services available, we
as members of government at
various levels and communities,
put bottlenecks on their way,”
Danbatta laments.
Danbatta who was represented
at the occasion by the Director of
Publicity, Mr. Tony Ojobo, said
that 95 per cent of lines available in
the country are mobile lines saying
that for the service providers
to make services available to
consumers, they have to build
base stations, masts, towers, which
are part of the challenges they face.
He lamented that while the
service providers are grappling
with the challenges, governments
at all levels are not helping matters
by imposing one tax or levies.
To ameloriate the challenges
faced by service providers,
the NCC boss said that the
Commission has continued to
engage Enugu and other states
in the South East to appeal to
them to ease the process of
deployment of infrastructure by
discouraging multiple taxations
and regulations.
Coupled with the challenges
enumerated, by the NCC boss,
Danbatta pointed out that
vandalising of telecom infrastructure
is very high in the South East Zone of
the country, which also contributes
to the challenges faced by service
Fielding questions from
participants at the Fair, Danbatta
explained that MTN was fined
about N2 billion because of failure
to register some SIM cards or for
not registering them properly.
He also explained that it was
not a punitive measure aimed
at punishing MTN but to make
sure that crime and criminals like
kidnappers and armed robbers are
checked through SIM registration.
The Director, Consumer Affairs,
Dr. Femi Atoyebi, while explaining
the advantage of number porting
said a consumer should study the
advantages a service provider has
over the other before like the tariff
before porting

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