…‘send STOP to 2442, to stop unsolicited SMS’
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has again warned the telecommunications operating companies in Nigeria of dire sanctions if the nagging issue of unsolicited short messages and calls to subscribers persist.
The NCC Executive Vice Chairman, Professor Umar Garuba Danbatta, who gave the warning in Abuja at the 79th edition of Telecom Consumer Parliament (TCP), told the telcos to respect the rights of their subscribers who do not want telemarketing or get sanctioned.
“As a telecom industry regulator, the issue of consumer protection is very paramount to us. We therefore warn the operators again to respect the right of any subscriber who doesn’t want telemarketing by not sending it to him/her. And I urge all consumers who do not want unsolicited telemarketing to send STOP to 2442 to avoid unsolicited telemarketing through messages and calls”, the NCC boss said.
He reiterated that appropriate sanctions would be applied on any operator that flouts the Do-Not-Disturb (2442) code.
The NCC, he said, would step up awareness campaign to educate Nigerians on the 2442 code to prevent unsolicited calls and SMS.