Why Nige­ri­ans ex­pe­ri­ence poor GSM ser­vices, by NCC

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

The Nige­rian Communications Com­mis­sion (NCC) has at­trib­uted er­ratic ser­vices ex­pe­ri­enced by Global Ser­vices Mobile (GSM) sub­scribers to in­ad­e­quate num­ber of masts in the coun­try.

Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Chair­man of the com­mis­sion, Pro­fes­sor Umar Dan­batta, stated this in Kano yes­ter­day at a work­shop on elec­tro­mag­netic fields (EMF) ex­po­sure or­ga­nized by the NCC.

Pro­fes­sor Dan­batta said Nige­ria has only 38,000 Base Trans­ceiver Sta­tions (BTS) spread across the coun­try, as against the to­tal es­ti­mated na­tional re­quire­ment of about 80,000 BTS.

“We need more masts across the coun­try to im­prove ser­vices. Mem­bers of the pub­lic should there­fore al­low ser­vice providers to erect more masts so that the GSM ser­vices can im­prove,” he said.

The vice chair­man said con­trary to spec­u­la­tions, GSM masts are not harm­ful to pub­lic health, adding that not all ra­di­a­tions are dan­ger­ous. He main­tained that the com­mis­sion was also con­cerned about safety.

“NCC or­ga­nized the work­shop in or­der to en­lighten the pub­lic about the ra­di­a­tion be­ing gen­er­ated from GSM masts. Ex­perts in the field of ra­di­a­tion will brain­storm dur­ing the work­shop and come up with use­ful in­for­ma­tion that will help the pub­lic un­der­stand how the masts work,” he said.

Also speak­ing, the state gover­nor, Dr. Ab­dul­lahi Umar Gan­duje, said the work­shop is timely, not­ing that Nige­ri­ans ex­pect more laud­able ini­tia­tives from the NCC.

Rep­re­sented by his deputy, Pro­fes­sor Hafiz Abubakar, Gan­duje said Nige­ri­ans need to know more about ra­di­a­tion from GSM masts.

He urged the NCC to en­sure that mem­bers of the pub­lic are well in­formed on its ac­tiv­i­ties.

Photo Sani Maikatanga

Kano State Deputy Gover­nor, Prof. Hafizu Abubakar (mid­dle) with se­nior staff of Nige­rian Communications Com­mis­sion, at a work­shop on aware­ness and sen­si­ti­za­tion on elec­tro­mag­netic field ex­po­sure in the north-east and north-west re­gions, in Kano yes­ter­day.

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