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Drop calls:Fashola charges telecom providers on service delivery

The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) came under criticism by the Senate and Minister of Works for openly protecting telecoms companies over increasing cases of dropped calls.

This came following the public hearing on a motion titled: “Increasing rate of drop calls and other unwholesome practices by telecom network operators in the country.

The public hearing was organised by the Senate Committee on Communications in Abuja on Wednesday.

The NCC had accused the Federal Ministry of Works of contracting projects to contractors who cut cables of telecom companies, resulting into the drop calls.

The NCC Director of Technical Standards and Network Integrity, Mr Bako Wakil said telecoms service providers had become victims of multiple taxation by states and Federal Government.

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He also cited cases of vandalism of telecoms installations by criminals due to insecurity.

However, the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, slammed the NCC, saying that government over the past 20 years had divested in state assets.

The minister, expressed displeasure over the submissions made by the NCC, urged the senate to invite more technical people to help them understand what was actually happening with regards to the drop calls.

According to him, it is a question of service delivery to Nigerians.

Sen. Bamidele Opeyemi (APC-Ekiti) also berated the NCC for being on the side of telecoms operators.

He said the matter affected almost every Nigerian and no telecoms company accounted for the costs incurred by costumers from drop calls.

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