Nigerian telecoms regulator warns against sale, use of non-type approved devices.

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has warned traders and other stakeholders about the negative consequences of selling and purchasing phones and telecommunications gadgets that are not type approved by the Commission.

The NCC’s warning came during a recent market conversation event at the GSM Village in Abuja. Dr. Emilia Nwokoro, Deputy Director Consumer Affairs Bureau, who spoke on behalf of the Executive Vice-Chairman of the NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, said that non-type approved telecom devices are considered to be supplied to the Nigerian market from grey sources and are known to degrade the quality of services in the network.

Nwokoro said that there is a need to sensitise traders at the market about the implications of trading in substandard products, as they may face the risk of arrest and prosecution when found selling non-type approved devices.

She informed them that the procedure for approval of telecom devices has been established by the Commission, and all type approved devices have been published on the NCC website for public and user reference. Therefore, traders should take advantage of this information to identify type approved against none type approved phone devices.

The Chairman of the GSM Village Market, Abuja, Macdonald Ajuogu, said that the market union has a task force that monitors the types and standards of devices sold there, and that the association has also put measures in place to deal with any member that goes against their rules.

Mr. Ajuogu thanked the NCC for devoting time to come and sensitise the traders not to sell or purchase non-type approved devices and promised that the traders would strive to abide by the prescriptions of the commission by cross checking with the NCC’s list of certified and type approved devices to avoid being sanctioned.

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