The 2019 Workshop For Judges On Legal Issues In Telecommunications, organized by the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, was held at the Best Western Hotel in Enugu, on Thursday, June 19, 2019, to enrich the repository of knowledge of the distinguished Judges, with the relevant information, on emerging issues in the telecom sector of the economy.
Prof.Garba Umar Danbatta, EVC/CEO, Nigeria Communications Commission, NCC, has alluded to issues, resulting from the quantum of data generated by individuals, from telecommunications channels today, as one of the reasons for organizing the annual workshop for Judges.
“It is for this reason that, the workshop seeks to explore issues of privacy, National security, admissibility of digital evidence and cross border transfer of data”, stated Prof. Garba Umar Danbatta, in his welcome address, read on his behalf, by Sunday Dare, Executive Commissioner, Stakeholders Management, NCC, who represented him at the workshop.
Yetunde Akinloye, Director of Legal and Regulatory Services, NCC, presented the first paper on, ”Overview of the Nigerian Communications Act, (NCA), 2003”, where she stated that the law did not provide for everything, like most laws.
The second presentation at the workshop was made by Dr. A.S. Peters of the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, who noted that radiation would affect human health and radiation from microwave oven and electric tension wires, are more than may emanate, from telecom base stations. The fundamental question, he retorted, “is the threshold, above which the effects become enabling, or, a threat to human health’ he stated.
The third presentation on, “Harmonisation of Taxation/Regulation of Telecommunications Infrastructure” was made by Prof. Abiola Sanni of the University of Lagos, who stated that beyond multiple taxation, the major problem bedeviling the telecom sector that should be looked into, is the abuse of regulatory powers by various relevant agencies for revenue purpose.
The Acting Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, who was represented by Justice Mary Odili, Supreme Court Judge, commended the NCC for organizing the workshop.
He hoped that the outcome of the discussions at the workshop will enable the NCC too, to meet up with its commitment to an improved environment for telecommunications services.
Also, in attendance at the workshop, were distinguished personalities, such as, Yetunde Akinloye, Director Legal and Regulatory Services NCC; Justice Roseline Bozimo, Administrator of National Judicial Institute; Ejembi Eko of the Supreme Court; Dr. A.S. Peters of the College of Medicine, University of Lagos; Dr. Edwin Edeh of the World Health Organisation, (WHO) and Prof. Abiola Sanni of the University of Lagos.
L-R: Yetunde Akinloye, Director Legal and Regulatory Services NCC; Justice Roseline Bozimo, Administrator of National Judicial Institute; Ejembi Eko of the Supreme Court; Justice Mary Odili of the Supreme Court, representing Ag. Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed; Sunday Dare, Executive Commissioner Stakeholder Management representing EVC NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta.