The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), on Thursday explained what the commission was doing to curb the menace of cybercrimes among the millions of telecoms subscribers across the country.
Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Professor Umar Danbatta, while speaking at a stakeholder meeting held in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, said that the commission in its bid to put a stop to the menace of cybercrimes, had initiated a program to educate consumers on the dangers inherent in cybercrimes.
At the event were the Otun Olubadan of Ibadan land, High Chief Lekan Balogun, Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism in Oyo state, Mr. Toye Arulogun, telecoms operators, market women and hundreds of consumers.
Dambatta, who spoke through the Deputy Director of Consumer Affairs Bureau, Mr. Ismail Adedigba, added that the commission has designed the nationwide stakeholders’ forum in order to bring both the consumers and the telecoms operators together and resolve various issues militating against the sector.
He added that many consumers have lost millions of naira and other property to some unscrupulous elements who had used the opportunity of the internet and telephones to defraud them.
The NCC Vice Chairman while speaking at the 102 edition of Consumer Outreach Program under the theme, “Militating effects of cybercrimes: Roles of Telecom Consumers”, held at Mapo Hall in Ibadan, posited that the menace of cybercrimes has caused a lot of damages to many consumers who have lost either money of other materials.
He maintained that the commission decided to organise stakeholders’ forum in its bid to reduce the incidents of cybercrimes among telecoms subscribers.
He said, “This program is aimed to bring consumers and service providers together to see face to face and interact and solve telecom issues. This program has been out together based on the need to address cybercrimes and other issues of concern in the industry.
“The theme of this event, “Militating effects of cybercrimes: Roles of Telecom Consumers” was carefully chosen in line with our mandate to protect the consumers on issues such as cybercrimes and various issues. The program was designed to look at the dangers of cybercrimes.
“The NCC has initiated a program to educate the consumers and to save the cyberspace against the menace of cyber threats.
“We believe in the conveniency of the telecoms consumers. That is why we have the 622. It is free; the NCC will pay for it. The toll line is free. You can call NCC 24/7 except public holidays and weekends. You can call the NCC and report whatever complain you have.”