ADEKUNLE ADESUJI, Abuja
Senate has mandated its Committee on Communications to summon mobile network operators in the country over unsolicited advert.
Also, Nigerian Communications Commissions (NCC), the Nigerian Consumer Protection Council and the Association of Advertising Practitioners of Nigeria (AAPN) are expected to appear before the Senate Panel on the matter.
The Senate invitations to Mobile network operators was as a result of motion sponsored by Senator Yahaya A. Abdullahi (Kebbi North), who alleged that mobile network services in the country are deteriorating.
The Senator cited incidences of dropped calls, unaccounted “disappearance” of airtime, weak signals and false report of unavailable call destinations as evidence of poor quality service from the companies.
He also expressed concerns over “the issue of frequent unsolicited calls, product and programme promos, as well as instances of tricking Nigerians to subscribe to riddles and jokes, indiscriminate religious contents and caller tunes that sometimes offend subscribers’ sensibilities.”
Abdullahi added: “Even with the setting up of the “Do-Not-Disturb, (DND) opt-out application, as demanded by the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, the GSM operators have not done enough to educate the public on its availability and workings.”
The upper chamber, in its other resolutions, called on the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to sanction any person or entity that abuses regulatory guidelines.An estimated 150 million Nigerians are subscribed to one or more of the four leading operators within the industry.
The breakdown of subscribers is as follows: MTN, (53.4 million, or 39 per cent), Airtel (38.3 million, or 26 per cent), Globacom (38.2 million, or 26 per cent) and 9Mobile (16.8 million, or 12 per cent).
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