Beware of Non-Type Approved Handsets & Devices, NCC Warns Consumers

L-R: District Head Paiko, Mansur Baba Mustapha; Amina Shehu, Director Zonal Operations NCC, District Head of Gwam, Alh. Hassan Kwatu and Director Social Development Paiko LGA, Danlami Iliyasu representing the Chairman Paiko LGA, Sanu Balarabe

The Nigerian Communications Commission has flagged-off a sensitization campaign warning consumers of the danger of patronising Non-Type Approved Handsets and Devices. The campaign was a workshop on the sensitization and knowledge-sharing programme on the correlation between mobile handsets that are not type-approved by the Commission for safe use and good quality of service.

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The Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta in his opening remark at the event held at Paiko, near Minna in Niger State, stated that besides the negative implication on the quality of service available to the user of non-type approved and substandard handsets or other mobile devices, using uncertified sets is hazardous and poses threat to successful management of electronic wastes.

Amina Shehu, Director Zonal Operations, who represented the NCC Chief Executive noted that apart from the risk posed to humans by counterfeited and substandard mobile devices, fake handsets and other devices have implications for the Quality of Consumer Experience and it damages the integrity of the Networks, and also threatens both the security and economy of the nation.

Shehu called on the participants at the programme to be mindful of the types of phones they use in order to minimize the risks of radiation and other negative consequences associated with counterfeit and substandard mobile devices saying that the NCC was working collaboratively with Consumer Protection Council, Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON), agencies charged with the duty of protecting the environment as well as those in the security to address the menace of importation and sale of non- type approved handsets in the country.

The sensitization workshop was held two days after the Commission organized a Public Inquiry on Draft Guidelines for Disaster Recovery and Draft Regulations on E- Waste where Danbatta affirmed that electronic waste constitutes the fastest- growing waste stream in the world and because that genre of waste is non- biodegradable, it was time stakeholders took concrete implementable actions to arrest the proliferation of electronic waste in Nigeria.

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