The House of Representatives is set to amend the Nigerian Communications Commission’s (NCC), act to put a stop to the menace of unsolicited messages among the subscribers of the telecommunication companies operating in the country.
Chairman, House Committee on Telecommunications, Saheed Akinade- Fijabi who disclosed this in Ibadan said the NCC amendment Act has passed through the second reading saying that “there are a lot of amendments in the NCC Act but the major one is on the unsolicited messages”.
The lawmaker said the amendment of the Act “will serve as a legal back up in order to sanction any erring telecommunication companies”.
According to him: “Am facing the kind of what you facing , I buy recharge cards just like you, it is affecting us also, but I want to assure you that we are working to stop unsolicited messages, there are a lot of amendments on the NCC Act especially on the unsolicited messages, the amendment has passed through the second reading”.
Featuring at the South-West Group of Online Publishers (SWEGOP), media chart on Wednesday in Ibadan, the Oyo State capita,he pointed out that the major amendment on NCC Act is that of the unsolicited messages, after it has been passed and the President gives his assent, it will serve as sanction to defaulter”.
“You see recently NCC fined MTN, that is part of what we have been doing. When passed, and the President assents, then we can sanction the defaulter.
Speaking on the role he played during the emergence of Yakubu Dogara as the Speaker of the house in 2015, Akinade-Fijabi said there is nothing with what he did in order to protect the mace being break or taken away by angry members on that day.
He said he stills believes that Leader of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila is still his leader contrary to insinuations that he betrayed the party by supporting Dogara instead of Femi Gbajabiamila.
Akinade-Fijabi said the house has empowered the Ethics Committee to forestall such ugly incidents that happened during the period of Patricia Etteh, Dimeji Bankole and recently in 2015 which lead to the emergence of Dogara where members embarked on free-for all battle.