By Anayo Okoli
UMUAHIA — THE Chairman of the Board of Nigerian Communication Commission, NCC, Engr. Peter Igho, has ascribed poor quality service by GSM providers to multiple taxation, right of way and vandalism of facilities.
He also disclosed that Nigeria currently had an estimated 129 million active telephone subscribers
Igho, who spoke while on a courtesy visit to Governor Theodore Orji in Umuahia, Abia State, disclosed that the telecommunication industry was contributing 8.5 per cent to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product,GDP, with a tele-density of 92 per cent.
According to him, telecommunications have transformed the way of doing things in Nigeria and “NCC is making effort to improve the quality of service to Nigerians.”
Igho said the commission was currently pushing for a law to classify telecommunications facilities as critical infrastructure.
He said also that over 50 million of the nation’s population had access to the Internet.
He lamented that until issues of multiple taxation, right of way and vandalisation of its facilities were addressed, improved service might remain a mrage.
In his remark, Governor Orji commended the Commission for doing a good job in regulating the activities of service providers in the country.
Orji, who described communication as an essential service, said his administration was addressing some of the problems confronting the operations of the NCC, including the issue of multiple taxation and right of way.