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Danbatta warns telecoms service providers over poor services

By Saxone Akhaine (Kaduna) and Oludare Richards (Abuja)
08 April 2019   |   3:31 am
The Executive Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, has said that any telecommunications service provider who fails to improve its services to the detriment of the consuming public will be sanctioned. Danbatta made the pledge during the special day of the commission at the 40th Trade Fair in Kaduna. He said…

[FILE PHOTO] NCC Boss, Umar Garba Danbatta

The Executive Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, has said that any telecommunications service provider who fails to improve its services to the detriment of the consuming public will be sanctioned.

Danbatta made the pledge during the special day of the commission at the 40th Trade Fair in Kaduna.

He said that by providing quality services to the customers, this would have a multiplier effect on the socio-economic growth and development of the nation.

Danbatta, who stated that one of the challenges facing the commission is the issue of unsolicited text messages, said another challenge that is of concern to the commission is the rising documented cases of cybercrime and e-fraud, using telecommunications platforms.

He, therefore, reiterated NCC’s commitment towards ensuring that the commission meets the standard required of the communication sector.

Meanwhile, the Cyber Security Experts Association of Nigeria (CSEAN) has attributed lack of policy direction and leadership by the government to increase in cybercrimes in Nigeria.

It said the nation had become both source and target of cybercrime activities.

The CSEAN President, Remi Afon, said these yesterday in an announcement on the yearly cyber security conference in Nigeria tagged: “Cyber Secure Nigeria 2019” coming up tomorrow, Tuesday, April 9, 2019 in Abuja. This year’s conference theme is “Implementing Cyber-security and Data Privacy Practices in Nigeria.”

The association said while cybercriminals are collaborating, sharing information and providing 24/7 support services in the dark web on various cybercrime activities, among others, the government and private sectors in Nigeria are working in silos.

President of the association, Remi Afon, said cyber-security reports from different sources had attested to alarming levels of increased cyber threats and compromises.

“With rapid technological advances, cloud adoption, block-chain mplementation, artificial intelligence and data science, it’s no surprise that the potential for cyber-attacks and data breaches remains a top concern in today’s digital landscape. To adequately tackle cybercrime in Nigeria, the government must partner and engage with industry and cyber-security organisations,” he said.

The CSEAN President said these yesterday in an announcement on the yearly cyber security conference in Nigeria tagged: “Cyber Secure Nigeria 2019” coming up tomorrow, Tuesday, April 9, 2019 in Abuja. This year’s conference theme is “Implementing Cyber-security and Data Privacy Practices in Nigeria.”