NCC es­tab­lishes in­dus­try code to reg­u­late In­ter­net ac­cess

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THE NIGE­RIAN COMMUNICA TIONS COM­MIS SIOn (NCC) says it has con­cluded plans to es­tab­lish in­dus­try code of prac­tice to reg­u­late In­ter­net ac­cess and ser­vices in the coun­try.

Umar Dan­batta, pro­fes­sor and ex­ec­u­tive vice chair­man of NCC made this known at a Stake­hold­ers’ Con­sul­ta­tion Fo­rum on the Es­tab­lish­ment of In­ter­net In­dus­try Code of Prac­tice on Fri­day in Abuja.

Dan­batta, who was rep­re­sented by Ye­tunde Akin­loye, the di­rec­tor le­gal reg­u­la­tory ser­vices at the NCC, said that the code would clearly de­fine the rights and obli­ga­tions of In­ter­net ac­cess ser­vice providers.

He said that the code would also put mea­sures in place to safe­guard and pro­tect mi­nors, vul­ner­a­ble au­di­ences and con­sumers as a whole.

“This en­vi­sioned as a coreg­u­la­tory ef­fort be­tween the com­mis­sion and in­dus­try stake­hold­ers, hence the need for ex­ten­sive pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion and in the fi­nal doc­u­ment, ‘’ he said.

Dan­batta said that the es­tab­lish­ment of the code was con­ceived to en­sure safety, se­cu­rity and to har­ness the ben­e­fits of the in­ter­net for good gover­nance and bet­ter user ex­pe­ri­ence.

He said that Sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa had lost be­tween seven and 20 per cent of its GDP to cy­ber crimes as stated by in­ter­net so­ci­ety, adding that it was very vi­tal to in­ten­sify ef­forts to se­cure the coun­try against im­mi­nent threats.

He said that NCC also con­sid­ered other fac­tors in­clud­ing but not lim­ited to on­line child pro­tec­tion, pri­vacy and data pro­tec­tion, ob­jec­tion­able con­tent and traf­fic man­age­ment prac­tices.

“The global per­spec­tive is that the in­ter­net be open and un­reg­u­lated cre­ativ­ity and in­ter­net ac­cess. Propo­si­tions are for ei­ther self-reg­u­la­tion or govern­ment reg­u­la­tion in re­pres­sive economies.

“How­ever, both have their ad­van­tages and dis­ad­van­tages. Thus, the drive for a co-reg­u­la­tory prac­tice as it re­lates to the in­ter­net in Nige­ria.

“Con­se­quently, the NCC in ac­cor­dance with its man­date to reg­u­late the com­mu­ni­ca­tions sec­tor in Nige­ria as ex­pressed in the Nige­rian com­mu­ni­ca­tion Act 2003 sets out to es­tab­lish In­ter­net Code of Prac­tice.’’

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