The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), said Nigeria is in need of Internet Code of Corporate Governance to secure the country’s cyber space against imminent threats from cyber attackers and addressing issues such as online protection, privacy and data protection.

The telecommunications regulatory authority, who stated this at the 105th edition of Consumer Outreach Programme in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, also disclosed that it will soon make public an Internet code of corporate governance.

According to Ismail Adedigba, Head Information and Reference at NCC’s Consumer Affairs Bureau (CAB), the Internet code has become necessary to manage the attendant challenges and upsurge of criminality in Internet usage occasioned by the liberalisation of the Nigerian telecommunications landscape two decades ago.

Meanwhile, the Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau of the Commission, Felicia Onwuegbuchulam, has praised the telecom consumers for the gains recorded in the telecom sector and their loyalty in the face of challenges which Commission is determined to address in collaboration with its numerous stakeholders.

She said NCC sees the consumer as central stakeholder in the telecom industry, noting that the outreach is designed by the NCC to heighten information dissemination and education of the consumer to enhance consumer protection against Antics of the market forces.

At the programme, NCC provided a complaints desk, which the participants ceased with various operators on ground to respond to their complaints. The enthusiastic participants from all social strata were educated about NCC’s contribution to the Computer Emergency Security Response and other initiatives introduced by the Commission mitigate unpleasant incidents in the cyberspace. The NCC also took suggestions from the participants about the need to sustain the outreach programme and ensure that SIM registration centres are accessible to those who live in rural areas.


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