The Nigerian Communications Fee (NCC) has concluded preparations to host an occasion to mark the 2023 World Client Rights Day (WCRD) in Abuja with highlight on its regulatory initiatives on clear vitality utilization within the telecoms sector.
In what has change into a convention within the Fee since 2017, when it declared 2017 as Yr of the Telecom Shoppers when it honoured telecom shoppers by connecting with the worldwide theme for the commemoration to rejoice the Day with landmark actions, the Fee has continued to advertise client safety and enlightenment.
The theme of the 2023 version of the Day is “Empowering Shoppers by way of Clear Vitality Transitions.”
In accordance with NCC’s Government Commissioner, Stakeholder Administration, Barrister Adeleke Adewolu, the theme gives alternative for NCC to share with beloved telecom shoppers and different stakeholders, in addition to the general public, the insurance policies it has instituted, and different actions taken to encourage operators within the sector to transition to environmentally pleasant and renewable vitality sources of their operations.
Adewolu, who represented the Government Vice Chairman and Chief Government Officer, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, on the inauguration of the committee to organisation the occasion, mentioned the Fee is dedicated to decreasing the influence that telecommunications operation has on local weather change and the setting whereas noting that the peculiarities of Nigeria’s electrical energy provide have resulted within the telecommunications sector being a contributor to carbon emissions.
Danbatta, who’s a Fellow of the Renewable Different Vitality Society (FRAES), acknowledged that research have proven that renewables and vitality effectivity, boosted by substantial electrification, can present over 90 per cent of the mandatory reductions in energy-related carbon emissions. He mentioned rising using electrical energy sourced from renewables presents the perfect alternative to speed up world’s vitality transformation.
“The theme could be very apt this 12 months, as we all know the implication of the local weather change catastrophe going through the world. So, as a Fee, we’re dedicated to decreasing the influence of local weather change. The telecoms sector contributes to international emissions, notably if you notice that there are over 54,000 base transmitter stations powered, in some instances 24 hours seven days per week, by turbines. You possibly can simply think about the emissions from these,” Danbatta mentioned.
He defined that the Fee was already introducing a coverage to encourage moral vitality supply, as a part of the Fee’s dedication to safeguarding the setting for shoppers and different customers of telecom providers, a transfer that can also be in tandem with the method of actualising among the key gadgets of the Sustainable Improvement Objectives (SDGs).
The EVC additional acknowledged that, lately, the Fee has launched a regulatory framework on infrastructure sharing and collocation among the many licensees which, he mentioned, has inspired operators to totally maximise their already-deployed infrastructure.
“By sharing infrastructure, some operators don’t want to thoroughly construct a telecoms website in an space the place one other operator had deployed one. With the problem of insufficient public electrical energy provide in Nigeria, telecom corporations depend on diesel-powered turbines to maintain their telecom websites reside round the clock. However a regulatory framework akin to infrastructure sharing and collocation helps on this regard,” the EVC mentioned.
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