By Prince Osuagwu
Office of National Security Adviser, ONSA, has teamed with Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, and other government agencies, to find a lasting solution to the issue of fake and cloned mobile phones entering the Nigerian market.

The agencies as a measure of control, set up committees to combat the fraudulent situation.

The joint committees set up are Project Steering Committee, PSC, comprising Infrastructure Concession and Regulatory Commission, ICRC; Federal Ministry of Communications and NCC; and Project Delivery Team, PDT, which draws representation from the Federal Ministry of Communications,  ICRC,  Federal Ministry of Finance and NCC.

At the inauguration in Abuja,  Executive Vice Chairman, EVC of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, said the move was in line with the mandate of the commission, as enshrined in the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA), 2003, to type-approve all devices used in the telecommunications industry and to ensure that all devices used in the telecommunications industry are in line with agreed standards and specifications.

According to him, the principal objective of the proposed DMS project is to “establish a secure and comprehensive single-window solution that will enable the commission to implement a proven solution in Nigerian environment that is sustainable and demonstrate value for money in addition helping to address the various concerns that have been raised with the NCC from the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, in our regular interactions on security matters as it concerns the telecommunications industry.”



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