The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said it will address the issue of radioactive emissions from base stations at its next forum planned to hold between June 27 and 28 in Lagos.
Plans to hold the first West African conference on EMF exposure and Health, according to NCC, was sequel to the current misinformation and propaganda about the relationship between mobile communications and health.
The conference with the theme: ‘Harmonising EMF Policy, Exposure Limits, and Risk Communication in West Africa,’ will address all the issues related to concerns over the possibility of the combined radiofrequency waves produced by a wide range of information communications technology (ICT) equipment posing health hazard to the consumers.
The event is being hosted by Nigeria’s telecom regulator in collaboration with the Mobile Manufacturers Forum (MMF), and the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP).
Speakers at the forum have been drawn from international organisations that are responsible for health and environment as well as those responsible for health activities in Nigeria, including the World Health Organisation (WHO), MMF, ICNIRP, National Environmental Standards and Regulatory Enforcement Agency (NESREA), Nigerian Medical Association, among other experts and stakeholders from the telecommunications industry across the West African region.
Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Dr. Eugene Juwah, who spoke about the conference, said given the number of phone users across the sub-region, and concerns over telephone infrastructure like base stations and other equipment, there was need to investigate, evaluate, monitor and report if there are potential public health issues or not so that the citizens will be well informed.
"At the end of the conference, we should be able to arrive at a position that is well informed and re-assuring to the public. That is why the Commission is gathering experts and authorities from various fields, including the World Health Organisation," Juwah said.
The conference is designed to be a yearly programme for the sub-region, and will be attended by delegates and regulators from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).