The Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) at the celebration of its 21st anniversary presented its Code of Ethics for professional and business conduct. The Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) also inaugurated a 49-man ‘Nigeria Telecoms Industry Advisory Council’ (NTIDC).
Speaking at the Council’s inauguration during the Association’s 21st Anniversary held in Lagos, Aminu Waziri Tambowal, Sokoto State Governor, described the initiative as historic and will invoke more public-private partnership in the industry.
According to the Sokoto State Governor, ATCON at 21 has lived up to the expectations of the founding fathers through deliberate imputes to policy formulations and advocacies.
ATCON President, Mr. Lanre Ajayi said that the Council's formation was a way of mobilising the stakeholders and to generate new ideas. “ATCON National Executive Council (NEC) approved the formation of the Telecoms Industry Advisory Council, which is a platform that brings people with deep experience,’’ Ajayi said.
He said that the council was a combination of retired people with the current actors in the industry that would brainstorm on contemporary issues with the aim of guiding the industry by issuing advisory notes through the association’s NEC.
According to Ajayi, the council is made up of all past Ministers of Communication (or equivalent ministries) and past Executive Vice Chairmen of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). “The council is also made up of past presidents of ATCON and 15 distinguished major actors in the Nigerian telecommunications industry,’’ he said.
Members of the council include, Chief Olu Akinfosile, Mr Joseph Tarka, Mr S.O Williams, Dr Ober Aribia, Chief Eteng Obuli, Dr U.I Okon, Mr Isaac Shaahu, Mr Audu Ogbeh, Alhaji Akanbi Onyangi, Chief Emmanuel Adiele, Lt.-Col. Ahmed Abdullahi, Col. Tanko Ayuba, Col. David Mark, Olawale Ige and Chief Dapo Sarumi.
The others are Chief Oluwole Adeosun, Maj.-Gen. Tajudeen Olanrewaju, Air Vice Marshal Umenwaliri, Alhaji Mohammed Arzika, Alhaji Haruna Elewi, Dr Haliru Bello, Chief Cornelius Adebayo, Obafemi Anibaba, Mr Frank Nweke Jr, Mr John Odeh, Alhaji Ibrahim Nakano, among others.
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Expatiating on the need for the Code of Ethics, Lanre Ajayi said that the Code of Ethics was approved by members of the association as the standards by which they were expected to be governed in the practice of their profession and in conducting their business. He described the code derived from the ATCON constitution as self regulatory to guide the conduct of members, set parameters for ethical standards and inculcate discipline in members.
The code of ethics was to ensure that member companies conducted their businesses with a high degree of professionalism and in a fair and ethical manner.
The code would protect consumers from quackery as members would be bound by certain rules of professional and ethical conduct.
The code will ensure that complaints of unethical and unprofessional behaviour and practices by member companies are investigated and defaulting companies appropriately sanctioned.
The code of ethics would ensure that any identified infraction by a member company was remedied to the satisfaction of the customer or complainant.