The House of Representatives Probe Telco Services in the Country

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Yesterday, the House of Representatives launched an inquiry into Nigeria’s telecommunications service delivery.

During the House Ad hoc Committee’s first public hearing on the subject, the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, expressed concern about some areas of the country lacking access to mobile telecommunication services.

Gbajabiamila said that those living in rural areas should be given the same rights to telecommunications as people in urban areas, urging the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to ensure that telcos provide high-quality and effective services.

So, the House Committee is investigating why the NCC failed to promote the widespread use of mobile telecommunication services.

The Committee is also investigating the total accruals and outlays to the Universal Service Provision Fund, a fund to facilitate the achievement of national policy goals, since its inception.

Chairman of the Committee, Bamidele Salam, said, “This [telco] industry is very critical to national development, security and poverty alleviation as seen in most economies of the world.”