The House of Representatives on Thursday began an amendment to the Nigerian Communications Commission Act to regulate unsolicited telecommunications services, including adult contents.
The proposed law seeks a safer online communication and specifically prohibits unsolicited pornographic contents by telecommunications service providers.
The bill, which passed second reading, “requires Internet service providers and telecommunications operators to exclude adult content” from their services.
The consolidated bill also seeks to prohibit the sale of pre-registered SIM cards in the country.
The bill was jointly sponsored by the Chairman, House Committee on Ethics/Privileges, Mr. Nicholas Ossai, and Mr. Peter Akpatason.
The title of the consolidated bill read, ‘A Bill for an Act to Amend the Nigerian Communications Act, Cap. N97, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to Provide for Regulation of Unsolicited Telephone Communications from all Communication Industries in Nigeria and to Make Provision for the Promotion of online Safety that will Require Internet Service Providers and Mobile Phone Operators to Provide a Service that excludes Adult Content; and a Bill for an Act to Prohibit the Sales of Pre-Registered and Falsely or Illegally Registered SIM Cards; and for Other Matters Related Thereto’.
Leading the debate on the bill, Akpatason recalled how Nigerians were being “harassed” by all manner of unsolicited messages by service providers.
He said subscribers had a right to their sanity and should be saved the pain of constantly receiving services they did not subscribe to.
Akpatason, who is a member of the All Progressives Congress from Edo State, also reminded members that there were security implications in allowing unregistered SIM cards to flood the market.
The bill passed second reading without opposition at the session, which was presided over by the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara. Punch.ng.com