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Senate threatens to sanction erring GSM operators

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By Bukola Olasanmi

The Senate on Thursday threatened to blacklist any mobile telecommunication firm in the country accused of unwholesome practices despite the huge profits they are making.

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, gave the threat in his remarks after the consideration of a motion by Senator Abdulfatai Buhari and 34 others.

Lawan said, “I have listened to the frustrations expressed by some of our colleagues that we can only bark, but we can’t bite.

“We are going to bark and bite this time around. We will definitely do the right thing, even if it requires blacklisting an operator, we will go for that.

“With this, I think it will be an effort in the right direction by the Senate to protect Nigerians, that is why we are here.”

Buhari in his lead debate had lamented the high rate of dropped calls situation and poor voice quality despite the fact that subscribers are heavily charged.

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