Nigeria - No Political Party Has Approval For SMS Campaigns – NCC

Telecoms

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says it has not given approval to any political party to run Short Messages (SMS) campaigns.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja, the Commission’s Director of Public Affairs, Mr Tony Ojobo, said that the service providers violated NCC rules by failing to get approval from it before running SMS campaigns for the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola, had on Monday threatened to sue the NCC to challenge the shutdown of some of its fund raising platforms.

The APC launched some of its platforms for raising funds, but the SMS platform with a short code meant to encourage small donors, was shut down last week.

Mr Ojobo said that the NCC remains non partisan and has in the past given approval for the running of SMS campaigns across party lines.

He added that the NCC has continued to receive several complaints from customers over unsolicited messages and is working to track and sanction all those still broadcasting unsolicited text messages.

The press conference was in response to claims by the APC that NCC shut-down its fund raising platforms.

Source: Channels TV 27 January 2015