The official of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has warned Nigerians to desist from using second hand and substandard mobile phones, because such devices pose greater risk to the users.
The Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Umaru Garba Danbatta gave the advise at the occasion marking NCC’s special day in the ongoing 37th Kaduna International Trade Fair.
Prof. Danbatta who was represented by one of his directors, Hajia Maryam Bayi, debunked insinuation that telecom facilities like masts and towers pose health hazards to residents around such facilities, saying cell phones, pose greater health risks than masts.
Highlighting the numerous roles of NCC towards ensuring that telecom subscribers get the best from service providers, the telecoms regulatory agency said, consumers must also play their roles to receive quality service.
According to him, “the use of substandard and counterfeit devices, have been identified as one of the reasons for poor quality of service.
“Today, there are different types of handset in the Nigeria market. Some of these devices have been used and dropped in other parts of the world. Some are devices that did not meet international benchmarks for safety and other requirements,” he said.