The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) said it is ready to shut down over 50 illegal vehicle-tracking firms in the country.
The Commission’s Zonal Controller, Keneth Uzoekwe who made this known in Lagos, said the agency had started a raid to enforce existing laws on companies that operate illegal Automated Vehicle Tracking Services (AVTS) in the country.
Uzoekwe explained that 20 of such firms had been tracked while two already had been shut down in the raid that began on Tuesday.
The closed firms, according to him are located at Shasha, Akowonjo and Ogba areas of Lagos.
According to him, the illegal operators are disrupting the network by using the resources that were not allocated to them
He said the commission couldn’t quantify the amount of misdeeds that the illegal operators have caused the economy, adding that their operations are also affecting the telecommunications sector’s contribution to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
“This kind of illegal practice affects the quality of service deliveries by the operators.
“When some companies operate illegally without contributing their quota, in terms of payment of taxes and other dues to the authorities, the sector’s contribution to the nation’s GDP would be threatened,” he said.