Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, on Wednesday, reassured players in the telecommunications industry of fairness and transparency in adjudication.
The acting CJN gave the assurance while delivering a keynote address at the Nigerian Communications Commission 2019 Annual Workshop for Judges on legal issues in telecommunications held at Best Western Hotel, Enugu.
Represented by Justice Mary Odili of the Supreme Court, Justice Muhammad commended NCC for its regulatory efforts in balancing the interests of consumers, service providers and other stakeholders in the industry.
The unprecedented surge in technological innovations had brought about a new behavioural pattern, which according to him, had led to continuous reliance on computers and computer based applications.
“This has inadvertently birthed grave concerns like electronic banking fraud and other issues arising from e-transactions.
“Hopefully, the outcome of the discussions at this forum will enable the commission meet up with its commitment to an improved environment for telecommunication services,” he said.
The acting CJN, however, appreciated the sustenance of NCC’s collaboration with the bench, adding that it had been instrumental in bringing to bear the topical and emerging areas in the telecommunications sector.
He pledged that the judiciary would continue to ensure speedy dispensation of justice in line with the rule of law.
Earlier in a welcome address, Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, said dependence on telecommunications as the platform for driving digital and financial inclusion had resulted in the collection of a large amount of personal data for Nigerians.
“It is for this reason that the workshop seeks to explore issues of privacy, national security, admissibility of digital evidence and cross border transfer of data,” Danbatta explained.
Danbatta who was represented by the Executive Commissioner, Stakeholders Management of the NCC, Sunday Dare, said the workshop would also delve into bank fraud perpetrated via telecommunication infrastructure platform.
He said that despite the gains of telecommunications, some concerns of the general populace regarding the health risk associated with the siting of telecommunication infrastructure in residential areas was factored in the workshop in order to effectively discuss the effects of electromagnetic fields radiation on human health.
He said the forum was intended to enrich the repository of knowledge of distinguished judges with the relevant information on the emerging issues in telecommunication.
On her part, the Administrator of the National Judicial Institute, Justice R.P.I Bozimo, explained that the workshop was aimed at achieving the mandate of continuing judicial education for judicial officers as provided in Sec. 3(2) of the NJI Act, CAP N55 LFN, 2004.