NIGERIAN COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
CONSUMER AFFAIRS BUREAU (CAB)
SERVICOM CHARTER

 

INTRODUCTION

The Consumer Affairs Bureau (CAB) is structured into three units namely:

  1. Consumer Information and Education (CIE) Unit
  2. Consumer Policy Development & Monitoring (CPDM) Unit
  3. Consumer Protection & Advocacy (CPA) Unit

 

LOCATION

2nd & 3rd Floor,
Nigerian Communications Commission Annex Building,
Plot 1253 Cadastral Zone C06,
Mbora District,
Abuja, FCT.

HEAD OF DEPARTMENT
Mr. Efosa Idehen
Tel: 09-4618181 or 09-4617000, Ext: 8181
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DEPARTMENT PURPOSE STATEMENT

To Empower and Protect the Interest of Telecom Consumers.

 

MISSION STATEMENT

To ensure the protection of the rights, privileges and interests of telecommunications consumers, including the physically challenged groups through adequate information dissemination programmes as well as effective policies and strategies that promote telecoms service delivery.

 

VISION STATEMENT

A world class telecoms industry with well informed, empowered and satisfied consumers.

 

THE PIE MANDATE

"To Protect, Inform and Educate (PIE) Telecom Consumers"

 

MOTTO

‘Take advantage of us so that no one takes advantage of you’.

 

KEY STAKEHOLDERS

 

SERVICE PROVISION

 

SERVICE DELIVERY

The Bureau is dedicated to discharging the above services to all its stakeholders by developing innovative strategies, delivered professionally with integrity to achieve excellence, hence our motto is: ‘Take advantage of us so that no one takes advantage of you’.

 

MONITORING OF CUSTOMER SATISFACTION AND PROVISION OF MATERIALS

On a regular basis, the Bureau carries out Nationwide Consumer Satisfaction Survey to measure the consumer quality of experience, evaluates consumer feedbacks and develop policies to improve consumer satisfaction index.

In addition, CAB develops information for the production of IEC materials in print and digital formats, roll–up banners and related contents which are disseminated across public media and through the Bureau-managed Consumer Web Portal and dedicated Twitter account (@consumerncc). The Bureau particularly engages the online community through its online platform, the Consumer Web Portal (www.ncc.gov.ng/consumers) and the twitter handle (www.twitter.com/consumerncc).

 

CONSUMER COMPLAINTS MANAGEMENT PROCESS

Through the Consumer Affairs Bureau, the Commission offers Second Level Support (SLS) to aggrieved consumers and encourages consumers to get in touch with the Service Providers’ Contact Centers first, after which non-satisfied consumers can utilize the NCC toll free line 622 to escalate complaints. Consumers may also use Complaint form located on the Consumer Web Portal: consumer.ncc.gov.ng to lodge complaints.

Indeed, the Bureau also acts on letters addressed directly to the Commission by consumers seeking redress for poor services.

Consumer Affairs Bureau Department SERVICOM Nodal Officer, whose details are given below;

Lisu Mshelia,
3rd Floor,
Nigerian Communications Commission
Communication and Digital Economy Complex
Plot 1253 Cadastral Zone C06
Mbora District
Abuja, FCT
Tel: 09-4618195; 09-4617000
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STAKEHOLDERS OBLIGATIONS

To enable the Consumer Affairs Bureau (CAB) to function optimally, stakeholders are required to comply with existing regulations and guidelines that have been emplaced for consumer complaint governance. Accordingly, the following stakeholders are expected to act as follows:

  1. SERVICE PROVIDERS:
    • Develop and comply with an approved Individual Consumer Codes and guidelines culled from the Consumer Code of Practice 2007
    • Comply with Guidelines on Adverts and promotions
    • Comply with all other legal regulatory guidelines and provisions with respect to Consumers, for example, the compliance with Complaints Categories and Service Level Agreements (SLAs) on complaint resolutions.
  2. CONSUMERS:
    • Must avail themselves of opportunities instituted to be informed. In particular, through the use of the Bureau’s periodic publications such as Telecom Consumer Handbook, IEC materials such as Consumer Information and Education Bookmarks, Events Backdrop and Roll-up banners, Consumer Web Portal, Twitter handle (@consumerncc), media-based programmes such as Telecom Town Halls on Radio, Telecom and the Citizen (A Twitter Live Chat), Telecom Television Dialogue, and outreach programmes such as Telecom Consumer Parliament, Consumer Conversations, Events leverage such as Trade fairs, Conference and Exhibitions.
    • Know their rights and Obligations to the Service Providers
    • Seek redress by following laid down processes and procedures.

 

LIMITATIONS

The major limitation is the non-adherence of the Service Providers to the Commission’s directives and regulations, as well as the increasing propensity of consumer to lodge complaints with the Commission directly, and some directly to high authorities through social media platforms rather than report to their service providers first. LODGING COMPLAINTS WITH THE SERVICE PROVIDER IS THE FIRST LEVEL OF COMPLAINT GOVERNANCE PROCESS. When the complaint is not satisfactorily resolved, the consumer may then escalate the issue to the Commission.

 

CHARTER REVIEW

This charter will be reviewed periodically in line with Government policies, Commission’s Strategic Management Plans, dynamism of consumer behavior and emergent trends in information communication technologies.

 

CONCLUSION

There is a paradigm shift from mere service provision to consumer satisfaction which is key to building a sustainable telecommunication industry. The Consumer Affairs Bureau is poised to creating a service delivery model in line with the vision of the Commission and the Federal Government’s vision for a digital economic system.