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NCC vows to rid Nigeria of fake cell phones

25 February 2014, 16:19

Abuja - The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) said in Abuja on Tuesday that it would take necessary measures to protect the nation from being a dumping ground for fake cell phones.

The NCC's Director of Communication, Reuben Muoka, disclosed this in Abuja.

Muoka said the commission was conscious of the health implications of fake cell phones on the populace.

He, therefore, said the commission would ensure that only certified phones and phone accessories found their way into the nation’s markets.

 He said NCC was partnering with the Nigerian Customs Services (NCS) and the Phone and Allied Dealers Association of Nigeria (PADAN) to that effect.

“Checks have revealed that major dealers in the Nigeria ICT market also engaged in the sale of unapproved phones.

"We have warned phone dealers to secure an approval for any type of communication equipment before importing them to the country,’’ he said.

Muoka noted that the commission would penalise any dealer who sells or installs any communication facilities without obtaining approval from the NCC.

He said approval meant to ensure that all communication equipment complies with international standards before it could be used in the country.

-    NAN

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