By Vincent Ujumadu
Awka—THE Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has said that contrary to speculations in some quarters, there are no health hazards from mobile telephones and masts located close to residential buildings in the country.
The commission, which gave the assurance in Awka during consumer conversation forum organised for a cross section of mobile telephone users in Anambra State, said it was ever ready to protect consumers from unwholesome practices by mobile network operators.
The Enugu Zonal Controller of NCC, Mrs. Emilia Nwokoro, said studies carried out in the past two decades to assess whether mobile phones posed any health risk showed that no adverse effects had been established.
She said: “A number of studies have investigated the effects of radiofrequency fields on brain electrical activity, cognitive function, sleep, heart rate and blood pressure in volunteers. To date, research does not suggest any consistent evidence of adverse health effects from exposure to radiofrequency fields at levels below those that cause tissue heating.
“Further research has not been able to provide support for a causal relationship between exposure to electromagnetic fields and self symptoms.
“In line with the position of International Communications Union, ITU, supported by International Council on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, ICNIRP, and World Health Organisation, WHO, NCC has maintained that there is no conclusive evidence to show correlation between the electromagnetic fields from telecommunications masts and health risk to individuals around these infrastructures. “
She urged the consumers to lodge their complaints about the unwholesome activities of some telephone operators, assuring that such complaints were usually given accelerated treatments.
Anambra State Head of Service, Mr. Harry Udu, who was represented at the forum, commended NCC for protecting the rights of the mobile telephone users, regretting that some of the telephone operators shortchanged their customers and forced them to enter into contracts not solicited for.