By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Professor Umar Garba on Thursday disclosed that the commission is determined to put a stop to the increasing wave of cybercrime menace in the country.
Professor Danbatta said this in Ibadan while speaking through the NCC Deputy Director of Consumer Affairs Bureau, Mr. Ismail Adedigba,
at the 102 edition of Consumer Outreach Program with the theme, “Militating effects of cybercrimes: Roles of Telecom Consumers”, held at Mapo Hall in Ibadan,
Specifically, Professor Danbatta hinted that efforts are on going by the Commission towards sanitizing the Internet space in Nigeria, hence the need for the telecom consumers across the country to play their expected roles in sanitizing the internet space.
The NCC Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, maintained that NCC in its bid to put a stop to the menace of cybercrimes in the country has initiated a program to educate consumers on the dangers inherent in cybercrimes.
“Let me emphasized at this juncture that while the regulatory intervention and other initiatives are on going to sanitize our internet space, telecoms consumers majority of whom now use internet enabled and other small divices must play their role. Thus, the need for you all to take this meeting seriously as we educate you on what your roles should be in minimizing the effects of cybercrimes,” he said.
Stressing that NCC put in place the nationwide stakeholders forum to bring both the consumers and the telecoms operators together and resolve various issues militating against the sector, Professor Danbatta lamented that many consumers have lost millions of naira and other property to some unscrupulous elements who had used the opportunity of the internet and telephones to defraud them.
He pointed out that the Commission resolved into organising stakeholders forum as part of its efforts to reduce the incidents of cybercrimes among telecoms subscribers, saying, “this program is aimed to bring consumers and service providers together to see face to face and interact and solve telecom issues.”
“This program has been out together based on the need to address cybercrimes and other issues of concern in the industry.The theme of this event, “Militating effects of cybercrimes: Roles of Telecom Consumers” was carefully chosen in line with our mandate to protect the consumers on issues such as cybercrimes and various issues. The program was designed to look at the dangers of cybercrimes.”
Professor Danbatta added that “the NCC has initiated a program to educate the consumers and to save the cyberspace against the menace of cyber threats. ,”
“We believe in the conveniency of the telecoms consumers. That is why we have the 622. It is free, the NCC will pay for it. The toll line is free. You can call NCC 24/7 except public holidays and weekends. You can call the NCC and report whatever complain you have”.
NCC Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau, Mrs Felicia Onwuegbuchulam while speaking through, the NCC Head of Government and Legislation, Alhaji Bashir Idris in her opening remarks declared that consumers have over the years being the beneficiaries of the stakeholders fora the commission had organised over the years.
“It is our belief that one of the ways to protect the interest of the consumers that we put up this program. Many people have lost money and others materials to this menace of cybercrimes. As part of our efforts, this is part of what we are doing to curb the menace so that those unscrupulous elements does not use the opportunity to defraud “
Present at the Consumer outreach included the Otun Olubadan of Ibadan land, High Chief Lekan Balogun, Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism in Oyo state, Mr. Toye Arulogun, telecoms operators, market women and hundreds of consumerends