NCC Reassures On Telecom Masts, Towers’ Safety

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Nigeria Communication Commission

The Nigeria Communication Commission’s  Zonal Director, Enugu, Mrs Emilia Nwokolo has relaxed the tension over the speculated health hazards that may arise as a result of erecting tele-communication masts near residential areas.
She spoke with newsmen in Enugu recently at the 1st Consumer Forum held for stakeholders and subscribers in that zone.
The Tide learnt that both masts and towers belonging to telecommunication providers have no health effect as speculated in some quarters.
The NCC boss, said no research whatever had proved that Radio Frequency Exposure could enhance the possibility of contracting any disease.
Nwokolo, maintained that masts were not hazardous, saying that such fear was no scientific backup.
She told participants at the event to pay less attention to such speculation and think more on how to move the industry forward.
The Tide also gathered that the possibility of contracting cancer and other related diseases has denied some landlords the chance of having the telecommunication masts in their premises.
Another issue raised at the event, was that 20 percent increment in recharge cards, which she described as exploitative to subscribers.
She hinted that no telecom provider in the country has increased the price rate of its recharge cards, saying such was the design of the retailers.
According to her, the commission was determined to promote consumers welfare no matter how tight it could be.
Participants, expressed joy over the agency’s concern on subscribers interest and promised to contribute their quota towards the development of the industry.