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End of road for fake phones as NCC spoils for action?

The Nigerian communications Commission is no longer prepared to sit on the fence to watch phone makers, customs or dealers grapple with the menace of fake phones in Nigeria.
It has teamed up with the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS and Phone and Allied Dealers Association of Nigeria, PADAN, in organizing a forum meant to hold in Lagos as part of the measures to protect the nation from being a dumping ground for fake cell phones.
The commission said it realized the health implications of fake cell phones on the populace and therefore would ensure that only certified phones and phone accessories found their way into the nation’s markets.
According to the commission’s Head, media and public Relations, Mr Reuben Muoka,“checks have revealed that major dealers in the Nigeria ICT market are also engaged in the sale of unapproved phones. But the NCC condemns this in complete terms because of its health implication and effects in the quality of services delivery.
“Worried by the ugly trend, the regulatory authority in partnership with NCS and PADAN has organised a forum in Lagos to sensitise end users on the dangers of buying fake 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 stated that the commission would penalize 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.

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