By Simdi Gloria:-
Prof. Umar Danbatta, The Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has called for protection of children from objectionable materials and threats from the Internet.
The charge was given at the on-going 2020 Lagos International Trade Fair, to mark the `NCC Special Day’ by Danbatta.
The fair which is in its 34th edition is being promoted by the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), and is holding both physically at the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos, and virtually.
The EVC, represented by Director, Public Affairs, Mr Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, noted, “To this effect, the commission has been educating parents/guardian about their role regarding child online protection.
“The sensitisation programme is targeted at parents/guardians with the aim to equipping them with the right knowledge required to limit the exposure of their children/wards to the negative aspect of internet use.
The cyber awareness programme has become necessary, given the rising spate of criminal activities being perpetuated online,’’ Danbatta said.
“NCC’s special day at the trade fair aims at educating and informing consumers on the use of communication services and their rights as telecoms consumers,’’ he said.
Issues of telemarketing was identified as one of the challenges faced by telecoms consumers, also known as unsolicited text messages.
This is any message, voice or SMS made through a telecommunication network, which is transmitted for the purpose of informing or soliciting or promoting commercial transaction in relation to goods, investment or services not opted for by a subscriber.
“To protect subscribers from unwholesome practice, NCC has evolved a solution called Do-Not-Disturb (DND), diverting all mobile network operators to dedicate short code 2442 to stop such messages.
NCC as your regulator has devised ways to enable you lodge your complaints when you are dissatisfied with the service provided by your operator,’’ the EVC said.
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