Umar Garba Danbatta. Source: The Guardian Nigeria.

The Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) on Thursday asked telecom consumers to safeguard telecom installations in order to enhance quality and efficient service delivery.

NCC’s Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Umar Danbatta, gave the charge during a Consumer Conversation Forum.

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Represented by Helen Obi, NCC Head of Zonal Operations, Danbatta said vandalisation of telecom installations and equipment remained one of the major challenges confronting the industry.

He said that both the telecom service providers and consumers were duty bound, as critical stakeholders, to genuinely contribute their quota toward ensuring the desired stability and improvement in the sector.

The NCC boss said the misconception about telecom antennas being hazardous to human as a result of radiation emission was far from the truth.

According to him, a lot of breakthroughs has been achieved in regulating the radiation level of telecom antennas so as not to be harmful to human.

“A development that has been duly certified by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

“These antennas are installed far atop telecom masts at a level that the amount of radiation being emitted has been largely reduced for human habitation.

“We are therefore using this opportunity to appeal to Nigerians to inculcate the habit of safeguarding telecom installations rather than being subjected to unnecessary vandalisation,” he said.

Danbatta said the Consumer Conversation was designed in line with NCC’s 8-point agenda of educating, protecting and empowering consumers toward ensuring growth and development in the sector.