By Alex Okoro

OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives moved a step further towards putting a stop to the prevalence of unsolicited text message received in mobile phones.

A Bill for an Act to reduce the ugly trend scaled second reading and was referred to the House committee on Telecommunications.

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Sponsor of the Bill, Aliyu Madaki (APC, Kano) at Thursday’s plenary session said the proposed law intends to provide a legal framework to address the incidence of unsolicited ring tones and text messages, among others.

He said the law would also strengthen the operational base of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

According to the lawmaker, the bill empowers any aggrieved party to file a civil claim before a High Court and demand penalties, noting that no legislation currently exists to address the incidence.

According to him, “this is exploitative and not in tune with the services rendered by any service provider globally and Nigeria can not afford to be left out”.

Contributors who spoke in favour of the bill stressed the need for the amendment of the NCC Act.

Chukwuemeka Ujam (PDP, Enugu) said “consumers should request for a particular service from network providers not the other way.”

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