OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has called on the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the National Environmental Standard and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) to embark on a massive public enlightenment campaign on the use of gadgets to prevent radiation-related diseases.
The call followed recommendations of an ad hoc committee charged to investigate the health implications of raising telecommunications masts (Base Transceiver Stations) close to residential buildings.
The ad hoc committee, chaired by, Iboro Ekanem (PDP, Akwa Ibom) made 13 recommendations and said that the committee reached these conclusions after holding a two-day public hearing, where it invited professional bodies such as the Nigerian Society of Engineers, the Nigerian Medical Association and more.
The House, after adopting the recommendations, urged the NCC to carry out regular research locally, in collaboration with the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Nigerian Medical Association, Universities and other research institutes. This will be done to determine the radiation risks emanating from Base Transceiver Stations to ascertain the safety levels and other factors affecting residents’ health and other environmental health hazards.
The NCC was also urged to conduct regular public enlightenment initiatives, to inform, educate and empower Nigerian consumers on the best practices and uses of telecommunication gadgets. They were also charged with ensuring the safety and operational efficiency of all telecommunications equipment and gadgets deployed in the country, in accordance with international best practices.
NESREA was also asked to ensure strict environmental safety standards by all service providers and sanction telecoms operators for failing to comply with the environmental and regulatory requirements on the conduct of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).
The Chairman of the committee of the whole, Lasun Yusuf, commended the ad hoc committee for doing a good job on the report.