A team of Officials from the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM) Secretariat in Freetown has paid a visit to Kenema to assure members of the Commission’s readiness to develop the country’s telecommunications industry.
Speaking to the press in Kenema city the Public Affairs manager at NATCOM Abdul Kuyateh disclosed that NATCOM was established by an Act of Parliament to regulate the activities of mobile service providers operating in the country.
He said the Commission since its establishment has succeeded in rebranding the telecommunication industry of the country through regular meetings with all telecom service providers in the country in a bid to address the communication needs of consumers.
Abdul Kuyateh also said NATCOM in its efforts towards improving the telecommunications industry has made available 112 as a free call line which consumers can use to access the State security apparatus and health service providers when the need arises.
Kuyateh disclosed that mobile service providers have made an increment in the price of top up cards before acknowledging the commission about the said increment which according to him is an offence contrary to the commission’s Act of 2008.
The NATCOM public affairs manager reaffirmed his commission’s relentless efforts in seeking the welfare of consumers and called on all to report to the commission any suspected price increase and other malpractices in the interest of national development.
The Director of Consumers Industry and Public Affairs Cho Ansu said the Commission has the mandate to regularize the activities of mobile service providers in the country for the betterment of the consumers as enshrined in the 2008 NATCOM Act.
He also stated that they are touring the regions to educate consumers on recent developments and the Commission’s stance on the latest price hike of top up cards adding that the price of top up cards remains the same at the moment.
By Saffa Moriba