Nigerians have been complaining about the fake phone for some time now. Thankfully, the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA) NCC (Nigeria Communication Commission) and other government agencies are rising to the occasion.
The agencies are trying to find the lasting solution to the issue of cloned and fake handsets flooding the Nigeria market. A measure is now in place and the agencies have also set up committees to ensure the fraudulent situation becomes a thing of the past.
The committees set up include Project Steering Committee (PSC), comprising Infrastructure Concession and Regulatory Commission (ICRC), Project Delivery Team (PDT) and Federal Ministry of Communication and NCC.
The executive Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta at the inauguration in Abuja , said the move was in line with the commission’s mandate, which was enacted in the Nigerian Communication Atc,2003, to type-approve all devices being used in the telecommunication industry and to ensure all devices in the telecommunication industry are in line with the standard and specification.
Prof. Umar Danbatta says, “The principal objective of the proposed DMS project is to establish a secure and comprehensive single-window solution that will allow the commission to implement a proven solution in Nigeria environment.”
He also stated that the commission is working to make sure Nigerians get value for their money in addition to addressing many concerns that the citizens have raised with the NCC from the ONSA.
There have been complaints about network carriers in Nigeria and fake phones that are being imported to the country. Maybe the commission will be able to do something about the issue this time around. We wait to see what the committees and agencies will do to stop the influx of fake phones in Nigeria.
Maybe the commission also needs work on the network providers that are providing poor services, yet making the citizens pay for such service. It all remains to be seen how they will solve these problems but Nigerians will be hoping to enjoy great mobile services and original phones soon.