The Nigerian Communications Commission has allayed the fears of telephone users particularly those who live around telephone masts that the masts neither precipitate cancer nor are injurious to health.
The commission explained that a World Health Organization (WHO) report, lends credence to the fact that Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) or Radiations emitted by telecommunication masts does not cause cancer or injurious to human health.
The Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) disclosed this at Calabar Municipality, Cross River state during the 103th edition of its Consumer Outreach Programme (COP).
Ojo Ayanbanji the NCC’s Head of Consumer Protection, Advocacy and Consumer Affairs, said it’s apt to let consumers know this so as to not to detest communication facilities within their various localities.
“Today, there has been some negative public perception and conceptions about telecom consumers on electromagnetic fields (EMF) or radiation from the telecom equipment/facilities sited within their vicinity. This has generated public health concerns.
“Study conducted by WHO to determine whether or not electromagnetic radiations (EMR) emitted by telecommunication masks are injurious to human health and the environment has concluded that: ‘considering the very low exposure level and research result collected today, there is no convincing scientific evidence that the weak radio frequency signals from base stations and wireless networks cause adverse health effects”.
Ojo said the commission remains a responsible organisation and conducts its activities in line with international best practices as set by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).
Speaking earlier, the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta said the essence of the Consumer Outreach Programme was to bring together telecoms consumers in the state capital or major cities across the country to interface with service providers and regulators.
Ismail Adedigba, Deputy Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau who stood in for the executive vice chairman said the theme of the interface: Mitigating Effects on Cyber Crimes: The Roles of Telecom Consumers’ was apt because of the increase rate in cybercrimes across the country.
He said the Commission in realizing this, has initiated a process to establish an Internet Industry Code of Practice for Internet Service providers in the country.
“The Internet Code is a regulatory intervention that will not only help to secure the country’s cyber space against imminent threats from cyber attackers but also address such issues as online child protection, privacy and data protection, objectionable content, among others.
“While the regulatory intervention and other initiatives are ongoing to sanitize our internet space, telecoms consumers, majority of whom now use internet-enabled and other smart devices, must play their roles,” Danbatta noted.
He promised that the commission will do everything to educate internet users by rolling out various enlightenment education strategies as well as ensuring that its internet industry code of practice was being strictly observed to reduce internet fraud.
Presenting a paper on how to Mitigate Cybercrime and Roles of the Consumer, Ayoola Oke, said consumers are the victims of cybercrimes in the society today and many suffered loss and injuries due to these activities.
Oke said the consumer has to play important roles in the protection against cybercrimes by seeking information online and also have device protection against cybercrimes.