FG warns tel­cos against call mask­ing

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Zakariyya Adaramola

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has called on tele­com com­pa­nies to stop call mask­ing and in­ves­ti­gate how it orig­i­nates.

The Min­is­ter of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Ade­bayo Shittu gave the charge in his of­fice dur­ing a meet­ing with Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Op­er­a­tors over an in­creased rate of dropped calls and other un­whole­some prac­tices, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the min­istry yes­ter­day.

The meet­ing was prompted by cor­re­spon­dence the min­is­ter re­ceived from Of­fice of the Sec­re­tary to the Gov­ern­ment Fed­eral (OSGF) and the Clerk to the Na­tional As­sem­bly on Se­nate res­o­lu­tions on the is­sues of in­creased rate of dropped calls and other un­whole­some prac­tices such as call mask­ing by telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion net­work providers in Nige­ria.

Shittu en­joined NCC to in­ves­ti­gate and in­voke ap­pro­pri­ate pro­vi­sions of the law and other ex­tant agree­ments to pro­tect con­sumers and to re­fund them.

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