Monday 25th September, 2017
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Telecom masts are not harmful - NCC

Telecom masts are not harmful - NCC

The Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has de­bunked the claims that tel­ecom masts have serious implica­tions for human health, especially for those in their neighbourhood.

NCC said that till date there has not been any proof of risk asso­ciated with the masts by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The Commission’s Deputy Di­rector, Consumer Affairs Bureau, Alhaji Ismail Adedigba, made the clarification on Thursday at the 87th Edition of the Consum­er Outreach Programme in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Adedigba said that at present telecom masts do not constitute any danger to health and called on Ni­gerians to allow the installation of telecom masts in their areas.

He said: “As at today, there is no health implication from tele­com masts according to the World Health Organisation. So, there is no health research and well-known health implications of masts as at today. You should not prevent the service providers from deploying masts. The more masts we hav, the better quality service we enjoy.”

The NCC official disclosed that “environmental protection guide­lines are considered before mount­ing a mask in an area. The mask is mounted 10-20 metres away from houses.”

In his address, the Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau, Alhaji Abdullahi Maikano, said that the essence of the sensitisation pro­gramme is to bring together con­sumers, telecom providers and the NCC to discuss ways to ena­ble the consumers have value for their money through effective ser­vice delivery.

Maikano, who was represent­ed by the Deputy Director, Con­sumer Affairs Bureau, said that the theme of the programme is: “Infor­mation and Education as a catalyst for Consumer Protection”, point­ing out that the topic was carefully chosen to reflect one of the cardi­nal objectives of the NCC of ensur­ing the protection of telecom con­sumers from exploitation.