The (NCC) has said telecommunications masts do not cause cancer or pose any health hazard.
This was disclosed by the Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, who spoke at Ebonyi Hotels Afikpo, Afikpo North local government area of Ebonyi State during the 29th edition of Consumer Town Hall Meeting (CTM),.
Danbatta urged the public to ignore such unfounded rumours as not only false but deceitful.
The Executive Vice Chairman who was represented by the Deputy Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau of the Commission, Ismail Adedigba, explained that the electro-magnetic emissions from masts were insignificant to cause any health hazard even as he stated that the World Health Organisation (WHO) had since dismissed such unfounded reports.
He appealed to all Nigerians to be vigilant and report vandals of telecom facilities, saying such vandalism could cause poor services.
“It (electro-magnetic emissions) cannot be close to what our electric bulbs at home are emitting, so it does not cause cancer. We should not be preventing telecom service providers from erecting masts because that is the only way we can get service and improve quality of service,” he noted.
According to him, the essence of the Town Hall was to enable a tripartite meeting between regulators, operators and consumers to resolve pressing consumer’s issues as it relates to provision of telecom services.
The NCC boss advised the consumers not to buy unregistered SIM because saying it is criminal adding “consumer should also know that if disturbed by getting unsolicited messages they should text STOP to 2442 and if they want option they should text HELP to 2442 and select various options. But when such messages or calls continues to come, they should call 622, another toll free line to lodge their complain with the NCC to get their issues resolved”.
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