By Emmanuel Elebeke
Rising from its decade review of the Nigerian telecoms sector, the National Association of Telecommunications Subscribers ofÂ Nigeria (NATCOMS), has commended Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC), Engr. Ernest Ndukwe for his pioneering role in the sustenance of the use of GSM phones in country, particularly in the area of the establishment of the NCC Telecomms Consumer Parliament in August 2003.
NATCOMS President, Deolu Ogungbanjo who disclosed this said thatÂ Ndukwe fought for Nigerian consumers by blazing the trail through the establishment of the first sectoralÂ industry general complaints.
On the printing of recharge and scratch cards in Nigeria in the wake of the GSM experience in 2001, Ogungbanjo recalled that recharge cards were imported from other countries into Nigeria, a scenario that kept the economy of the exporting countries running to the detriment of Nigeriaâ€™s work force and economy, but expressed gratitude to the telecommunications stakeholders who he said demanded the production in Nigeria.
“NATCOMS appreciates NCC for rising to the occasion and licensed the producers of recharge and scratch cards in Nigeria, as well as ensuring their bio-degradability,â€™ he stated. AnotherÂ NCC milestone, according to Ogunbanjo boss was the granting of licences to provide site leasing and sharing services, where operators builds and operate telecommunications sites and make them available to various operators under a sharing model, saying that the exercise had saved the operators and providers huge sums in capital expenditure and allows them to focus on quality issues concerns and network coverage.
Apart from this, Ogungbanjo further explained that the co-location introduced by NCC also helped in reducing environment pollution, as suchÂ infrastructure sharing will reduced the number of generators emitting carbon into the environment.
â€˜This service is seen by all stakeholders in the industry as an excellent way to relieve Telecommunications Operators, Internet service Providers, ICT Operators and Pay TV Operators of the pains in site management,â€™ he explained.
The NATCOMS boss also criticized some telecom companieswho renege on their promotionÂ promises to subscribers on their network, describing it as unbecoming of a responsible company.