The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC has invoked a section of the Nigerian Communications Act, 2003, (Section 1 (h) ) which charges it to “ensure that the needs of the disabled and elderly persons are taken into consideration in the provision of communications services” .
Riding on the back of this section and others in support, the commission has said that it will cause a conscious effort to improving accessibility of persons living with disabilities to Information and Communication Technology (ICT) through supply of products with special features and services.
The commission made the commitment last week, at a one day conference on ‘Making Telecoms Services Accessible to Persons With Disability’, put together by Lagos Civil Society Disability Policy Partnership, LCSDPP and NCC at the Sheraton Hotels Ikeja, Lagos.
Addressing the audience, Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Dr. Eugene Juwah who was represented by the Head of Public Relations, Mr Reuben Muoka said the agency had taken certain initiatives in line with its consumer centric approach to address some of the challenges of the people living with disabilities in the country.
Juwah also admitted that these special group of persons constituted 25 per cent of the total Nigerian population and therefore required special attention by the industry.