The barrage of unsolicited text messages from telecommunications outfits in the country has prompted the House of Representatives to direct the Nigerian Communications Commission to put a stop to certain “unfair practices” by the telco service providers in the country.
The legislators cited the increasing cases of “caller tunes” and unsolicited text messages to subscribers by service providers as one of such practices that the NCC must stop immediately.
In a resolution in Abuja, lawmakers observed that the caller tunes and promotional text messages were not only unsolicited but also carried charges which are deducted from the airtime of subscribers in most cases without their knowledge.
House Majority Leader, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, described such acts carried out by service providers as “harassment and invasion of privacy.”
He reminded the House that besides the powers conferred on NCC by the enabling Act, there were laws that guaranteed the privacy of Nigerians.
Gbajabiamila cited Section 37 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), noting that when the privacy of individuals was invaded, they could seek the protection of the law.
Members passed the resolution in a unanimous voice vote at the session, which was presided over by the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara.