APC fundraising: NCC set to sanction VAS providers for defying regulations

By Post Nigeria January 28, 2015 16:19

APC fundraising: NCC set to sanction VAS providers for defying regulations

The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has announced that it would not hesitate to impose appropriate sanctions on the Value Added Service, VAS, providers who provided the short codes platform to the All Progressives Congress, APC, for not seeking approval from the commission before rolling out the controversial promo.

The Director Public Affairs in the commission, Mr. Tony Ojobo stated this on Tuesday during an interactive session with journalists in Abuja.

The director pointed out that the use of short code to raise funds without the express approval of the Commission contravened its guidelines.

He re-echoed that the VAS Company did not receive a seven day notification as mandated by law before rolling out the short codes platform for the APC to embark on its Presidential fundraising.

Ojobo reiterated that the action taken so far against the APC was backed by Section 3 of the NCC’s guidelines on adverts and promos

The section states; The commission shall receive written notification from the Licensees for all advertisements for goods and services within a minimum of 7 days of the proposed or planned publication of an advertisement, in order to ensure such advertisements meet the minimum standards and requirements.

Ojobo said; “On Monday, that of APC came out and the letter sent to operators affects all the political parties, no particular political party was targeted,

“We recognize that promos to some degree can affect quality of service that is one of the reasons notifying the commission is necessary. The operators have to assure the commission that such promos and advertisement will not affect the quality of service,

“However, the commission did not get a notification from the Value Added provider that this is what it intends to do or from the networks, we saw it just like other Nigerians and for us as a regulatory body, we had to intervene. The guidelines were provided to ensure the integrity of the networks and also protect the interest of the teeming subscribers.”