The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has promised to get rid of all counterfeit products.
The Commission Director, Bako Wakil, who was represented by his assistant, Anthony Ikemefuna, at the Second Type Approval Sensitisation workshop in Lagos, said, fake products have brought about serious challenges in the country.
According to him, they have seen several cases where counterfeits are being fished out and no matter where the fake products are, they won’t stop until all are eliminated.
“We are doing everything possible to identify unlicensed manufacturers and making sure they don’t penetrate the market without approval from us and those who go ahead without our approval will be penalised.
“Counterfeiting is economic sabotage and highly harmful to the public. It is our aim to protect telecom networks, have an effective spectrum and ensure quality services. Type approved products or equipment goes a long way in the standardisation of services and giving more satisfaction,” Anthony said.
Backing Anthony, Chukwuma Nwaiwu, Head, Wireless Network Unit on Type Approval of the NCC, said, “To ensure effective spectrum and quality services, every telecommunication business must ensure it is type approved by NCC licensees, equipment manufacturers and the business entity seeking to commercialise any telecom equipment. We also urge every stakeholder and licenced companies not to hesitate to report the activities of illegal or unlicensed manufacturers or vendors in order for them to be penalised.”