Dr. Eugene Juwah, the Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says the Nigerian telecoms industry which now counts over 130 million active lines has grown “dramatically.”
According to the telecoms watchdog, the subscriber base in the Nigerian telecoms industry has risen dramatically from just 400 connected lines to over 130 million active subscribers by middle of this year indicating that the country “has come a long way, since the revolution began.”
Juwah said this at the 9th Abuja International Trade Fair 2014 on NCC Day at the fair.
Juwah, represented by Tony Ojobo, Director Public Affairs at NCC, also informed participants that the telecoms umpire will continue to pursue policies and programmes that foster growth in the telecoms market.
Also speaking at the event, Maryam Bayi, Director Consumer Affairs, NCC, also used the event to educate the public on the outreach programmes that the Commission currently undertakes to reach out to subscribers on their rights and responsibilities as consumers.
The outreach programs namely the Consumer Outreach Programme (COP) and the Telecom Consumer Parliament (TCP) are part of efforts of the Commission to protect, inform and educate consumers in Nigeria.
As part of the event, NCC provided free airtime across the four major networks to given participants with the ‘fastest fingers.’
The Commission also conducted a raffle draw and the winners of the draw each walked away with brand new Samsung smartphones.
The winners expressed their gratitude to the Commission for the grand gesture and prayed for greater success for the Commission in her activities.