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Again, NCC insists that telecom masts, towers constitute no health hazards

Just like it has been educating Nigerians over the years, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has reiterated that there has been no scientific proof showing that there is health issue surrounding telecom masts and towers mounted anywhere in the country.

The Executive Vice-Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, said this in a statement issued at the ongoing 2017 Enugu International Trade Fair on Monday. The trade fair, which started since March 31, will end on April 10.

According to Danbatta, such belief and claim were mere imagination and myth, adding, “it has no scientific base”.

“There are some individuals who still believe that telecom masts and towers constitute health hazards to humans.

“The commission still maintains that the World Health Organisation has affirmed that no result of any such hazard has been established against base stations.

“Therefore, any individual or community adducing such reasons to deny right of way to the telecom companies, and prevent them from expanding services are invariably contributing to the poor quality of service in the network,’’ he said.

The NCC boss noted that NCC had been on top of its game as the telecom regulator had not done badly, recalling that “Recently, the Bureau of Public Service Reforms awarded a Platinum Score to the commission for exemplary performance as an agency of government”.

“This award is an encouragement to us and we will not rest on our oars in continuing to deliver on our mandate, especially as it concerns the consumer,’’ he said.

Business Hilights gathered that the Enugu International Trade Fair, which is being supported by the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment, is organised to showcase Nigeria’s non-oil products.

Exhibition, which is the 28th in the series, is also providing opportunity for local and foreign businesses to explore and access commercially viable markets in the South-East.

The theme of the fair, organised by Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture is “Promoting Nigeria’s Industrial Sector and SMEs for Inclusive and Robust Economy”.

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