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.