NCC shuts down 7 mobile phone im­porters

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Yusha’u A. Ibrahim, Kano

The Nige­rian Communications Com­mis­sion (NCC) has sealed off com­pa­nies of seven ma­jor im­porters of phones and their ac­ces­sories.

They were al­leged to have en­gaged in the im­por­ta­tion of un­ap­proved prod­ucts.

The As­sis­tant

Di­rec­tor, En­force­ment, at the com­mis­sion, Al­haji Sal­isu Abdu, stated this yes­ter­day in Kano when he led a team to the state for their quar­terly ex­er­cise.

Abdu said a num­ber of un­ap­proved GSM hand­sets and ac­ces­sories have been con­fis­cated from im­porters across the coun­try since com­mence­ment of the en­force­ment ex­er­cise by the com­mis­sion.

He said in Kano, the com­mis­sion has is­sued a free en­force­ment no­tice to some ma­jor im­porters to either com­ply with the pro­vi­sions of Sec­tions 131 and 132 of the NCC Act, or have their com­pa­nies sealed and their prod­ucts con­fis­cated by the com­mis­sion.

“To­day (yes­ter­day) we have vis­ited the af­fected com­pa­nies and found that they have com­plied with our di­rec­tives. They have with­drawn their prod­ucts from the mar­ket. So, we are ex­pect­ing those com­pa­nies to come for­ward with mod­els of their GSM hand­sets and ac­ces­sories to NCC for test,” he said.

The as­sis­tant di­rec­tor warned that any ma­jor im­porter that is found want­ing will face the wrath of the law.

He also called on GSM deal­ers in the state to sup­port the com­mis­sion, lament­ing that deal­ers are al­low­ing im­porters to get un­ap­proved prod­ucts into Nige­rian mar­kets.

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