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The Nigerian Communications Commission on Wednesday organised a sensitisation programme for the residents of Ogun state over the protection of telecoms infrastructure so as to ensure digitization and seamless connectivity of all other socio-economic platforms.
The sensitisation programme tagged “village square dialogue” which was held at Centenary Hall, Ake in Abeokuta had participants consisting of market women, youths, traditional rulers, among others drawn from different parts of the state.
PLATFORM TIMES reports that the village square dialogue is a one of the consumer initiatives the commission had planned to use in sensitizing people of the grassroots on the use of telecommunication in their daily lives.
Speaking on the importance of the dialogue, the Executive Commissioner of NCC, Adeleke Adewolu explained that the programme was to discuss how to ensure the protection of telecoms infrastructure and preserve the capacity of these infrastructure to continue to provide life-supporting services to the people.
Adewolu stressed that telecoms infrastructure are critical to modern existence, and Nigerians must be ready to tackle anything that affects their seamless operation.
The NCC commissioner noted that issues like hostile communities, theft of diesel, batteries and power generators, digging up fiber lines, sealing/locking-up of Base Transceiver Station (BTS) sites, among other illegal activities must be tackled by all Nigerians.
He added, “I therefore urge you all to please see telecoms infrastructure as your own, and to protect them as communal property. Anybody that tampers with telecoms infrastructure is tampering with your future and the future of your children – they should be resisted and reported.
“As we all know, telecoms services have long been recognized as the easiest and cheapest means of meeting critical socio-economic needs such as education, financial inclusion, economic empowerment and deepening social interactions. The infrastructure through which these services are provided are called the “infrastructure of infrastructures” because they enable the digitization and seamless connectivity of all other socio-economic platforms.
“Without telecoms infrastructure, we cannot communicate with friends and family over long distances at the touch of a button, and we cannot conduct banking, insurance, government services, education, entertainment, etc. with ease.
“This means that telecoms infrastructure are critical to modern existence, and we must all do what we can to ensure that we tackle anything that affects their seamless operation.”
In his remarks, the NCC Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau, Efosa Idehen emphasized that everybody in the state has a role to play in the telecommunication industry.
He explained,”everybody have a role to play in the telecommunication industry because when things are happening to the telecom infrastructure, there is nothing you can do. At least you can report to the security services.
“Everyone must see telecom infrastructure as critical to the development of the nation.”