By Sarauniya G Usman,Abuja
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), declined a news story published in a national daily which wrongly interpreted an update report on National Numbering Plan, posted by the Commission on its official website.
According to the report published by the media outfit with the headline: “NCC allocates 383 million new telephone numbers to operators,” purported that the Commission allocated 383 million new telephone lines to telecoms service providers in the first quarter of 2021 alone.
In a statement made available by the Commission, it states that, ” the update report was posted on the Commission’s website on Friday 19th, February, 2021, under the heading: National Numbering Plan (2021 Q1), was the Total Number of Telephone Numbers allocated to all the telecommunications services providers since the inception of digital mobile services in the country in 2001.
Based on the update report,the story was wrongly interpreted by the media outfit and there’s no means any indication of new allocation or new activation of telephone numbers in Q1 2021.
“Rather, the report on the Commission’s website titled: ‘National Numbering Plan (2021 Q1)’ is a routine periodic report issued as part of the Commission’s regulatory mandate to publish and update all telephone numbers allocated to service providers for the benefit of stakeholders”.
The statement states that the purpose of the National Numbering Plan in the telecommunications sector is to set up a uniform numbering scheme and the associated dialing procedures to be used in the networks to allow the subscribers and operators to set up calls.
It therefore draw the attention and advise the general public and all stakeholders to disregard the report in the national daily and be guided accordingly.
The commission also appreciate the intention of all media stakeholders in terms of timely reportage of NCC and its regulatory activities and however, encourage media outfits to always fact-check their stories with the Commission for accurate reporting.
Commission runs an Open-House system,we therefore encouraged all media outlets and stakeholders to always feel free to contact the Commission for necessary clarification on NCC’s regulatory activities and reports published on it’s website before going to press.
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