Nigerian Communications Commission Takes Action To Root Out Fake Mobile Devices

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has joined forces with the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), together with other government agencies, to fight fraud and cybercrime which officials believe is being accomplished through fake and sub-standard mobile devices.

A Project Steering Committee made up of the NCC, the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), the Project Delivery Team (PDT) and the Federal Ministry of Communications are working together to implement a Mobile Device Management System (DMS) to tackle the problem.

Nigeria’s Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu called for the public and the communications industry to support the local production of mobile devices as a way to help resolve the fraud epidemic.

Shittu said that Nigeria's leading mobile phone market, the Computer Village in Lagos, generates a daily turnover of approximately $5.4 million. He said that if 10% of the devices being sold are fake, it means the country's formal mobile phone market is losing around $540 000.00 daily.

Shittu Added that fake mobile phones are economic sabotage for Nigeria and that the issue had to be addressed urgently.

The Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) declared that more than 20 mobile phone brands that are sold in Nigeria have never received approval from the NCC.

The Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta said that the main aim of the DMS project is to come up with a secure and comprehensive solution that will allow the Commission to introduce a proven solution that is sustainable.

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