9 million Nigerian subscribers have activated the DND code so far

by | Mar 8, 2018

In the recently concluded 2018 World Mobile Congress in Barcelona, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman of NCC (Nigerian Communications Commission), revealed that 9 million subscribers have enabled the Do-Not-Disturb (DND) code to halt receiving unsolicited messages from Nigerian telcos.

This new figure more than doubles the reported 4 million subscribers that activated the facility last year.

The DND policy was initiated by the NCC to crack down on unsolicited messages that Nigerian telcos incessantly flood subscribers’ phones with.

Numerous complaints have been raised by Nigerian subscribers over receiving unsolicited messages from their mobile operators. Some subscribers have taken the ‘legal combat route’, filing cases against telcos on the grounds of rights abuse by disclosing their vital information such as phone numbers to third parties.

In 2016, a subscriber, Emmanuel sued Airtel Nigeria over this matter. The case cost Airtel a ₦5 million fine. A similar case occurred in 2017, where the Court of Appeal upheld the ruling of the Federal High Court in Abuja and awarded Godfrey Eneye, a lawyer, the sum of ₦3 million in damages.

To further solidify this move, NCC provided a toll-free line ‘622’ in addition to the DND code ‘2442’. Considering more than 100% increase in the number of people who have activated DND as at Q1 of 2017, there is lower tolerance for these messages from telcos.

Grace Akinosun
Grace Akinosun

Girl … with a pen. Content Creator.


Are you in tech and you are looking at getting a foreign remote job or you want to move abroad? Fill this form and you will get the BEST resources to help you get that high paying remote job as well as japa easily! WAGMI!

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Recent News

TABS is tomorrow! 💃 💃

TABS is tomorrow! 💃 💃

On #TechpointDigest, we discuss Victory Farms’ $5m investment, Netflix for kids and people with disabilities, and TikTok’s plan to credit creators.

TikTok on a “Branded Mission”

TikTok on a “Branded Mission”

On #TechpointDigest, we discuss Autochek’s new acquisition, TikTok’s Branded Mission, Bamba’s $3.2 million seed, and Jumia’s report for Q1 2022.

[PODCAST] Tax evasion in Nigeria to get harder

[PODCAST] Tax evasion in Nigeria to get harder

Using data mining and machine learning, Nigeria’s Federal Inland Revenue Service plans to make it harder to evade taxes. Listen to today’s episode of #TechpointAfricaPodcast to learn how it plans to do that.

Subscribe to Techpoint Digest!

A daily 5-minute roundup of happenings in African and global tech, sent directly to your email inbox, between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m (WAT) every week day!

Please check your email to confirm your subscription.

Subscribe to Blockchain Explorer

Analysis oninnovation, regulations, and trends inthe blockchain sector, as it concerns Africa

Please check your email to confirm your subscription.

Subscribe to The Experts

A bi-weekly where tech career specialists take us on their journey from newbie to expert, and how they became successful in the industry.

Please check your email to confirm your subscription.

Subscribe to Founder's Table

A monthly series, where we catch up with founders in the startup ecosystem, learn about their failures, successes and a few tricks of the trade

Please check your email to confirm your subscription.

Copy link
Powered by Social Snap