BY VICTOR BUORO, ABUJA – Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has called on the Senate Committee on Telecommunications to enact a law designating telecom infrastructure as a critical national infrastructure.
Chairman of NCC, Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye, who made the call, noted that a proposed bill to that effect has been in the National Assembly for the past two years.
Durojaiye, who stated these while at a sensitisation workshop on the implications of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement on the communications industry in Lagos, stressed that vandalism of telecom infrastructure should be seen as a criminal offence.
He said; “We want the law to be stringent on those over-ambitious citizens who believe in shortcut to wealth. We lay very expensive cables and people go and dig them up. We need to make the destruction of telecom infrastructure a criminal offence.”
The NCC Chairman urged operators in the industry to be ready to explore the opportunities in serving over 1.2 billion people across the continent.
In his own remarks, the acting Director General of the Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations, Mr Liman Liman, said telecommunications infrastructure would require significant amount of investments both by domestic and foreign investors in order to be globally competitive.