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Telecom Masts Not Hazardous to Health, Says NCC

By Nicholas Justus

 

CONTRARY to insinuations that telecom masts and towers constitute health hazards, the regulatory body, Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has debunked such claims, saying no health hazards of any kind is associated with them.

NCC also disclosed that there are about 140 million phone subscribers in the country as at September 2017, saying the number certainly would have increased by now.

The Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Professor Umar Garba disclosed this at the  NCC special Day at the 39th Kaduna International Trade Fair organized by the Kaduna Chambers of Commerce Mines and Agriculture (KADCCIMA) stressing that the country’s communication indices had shown positive signs of improvement.

He also disclosed that within the period under review, there are also 92 million internet subscribers.

The executive chairman who was represented by a Deputy Director, Hajiya Amina Shehu, said that the country’s social media space has continued to thrive, adding that ‘’our citizens are enjoying access to modern ways of interactions in the cyberspace.

The commission also pleaded with customers to be patient with the issue of quality service, such as poor reception, wrong billings and deductions as well as automatic data roll, saying, “we have put the service provider’s on special notice. We will call them to account in due course.

“Where the service provider continues to fail to improve services to the detriment of the consumers, the commission will apply appropriate regulatory actions and sanctions against such service provider.

The NCC boss,  “the telecommunication masts and towers do not cause any health hazards as people think. There are some individuals who still believe that telecom masts and towers constitute health hazards to humans.

“The commission still maintain that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has affirmed that no result of any such hazard has been established against base stations”.

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