The regulatory Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has banned telecoms operators from running promotions and lotteries, saying they are clogging the operators’ networks and leading to poor service.
NCC spokesman Tony Ojobo said in a statement that the commission had been inundated with complaints from consumers and others against the various promotions offered by telecommunications operators.
“Consistent with its processes, the commission has carefully evaluated the complaints received especially against the backdrop of sustaining the integrity of the networks, the general interest of the consumers, the socio-economic impact of these promotions on operators and other relevant stakeholders.
“The commission therefore has banned all promotions by telecommunications network operators as well as lotteries being carried out on such networks. This ban covers all proposed and approved promotions and lotteries on which the commission has given approval
further to the memorandum of understanding (MOU) entered into with the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC),” he said.
He said the ban would continue until otherwise stated by the Commission.
The operators affected are Globacom, MTN, Intercellular, Visafone, Etisalat, Airtel and Multilinks.
Consumers in Nigeria have recently experienced worsening service from the operators