The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has issued out the code to block unwanted text messages to telecom subscribers.
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NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, Mr. Tony Ojobo in a statement on Monday said the commission was being inundated with complaints by telecom subscribers of continuing text harassment by operators despite its warning to telecommunication service providers to activate their Do-Not-Disturb facility which gives subscribers the freedom to choose the messages they receive.
According to the statement: “The Direction issued to industry operators to activate the 2442 Do Not Disturb Short Code took effect from July 1, 2016. In fact, a Full DND which is SMS ‘STOP” to 2442 does not allow the subscriber to receive any unsolicited messages from the operators at all.”
The statement reads further:“ The various other options: SMS 1 for receiving SMS relating to Banking/Insurance/ Financial Products to 2442, SMS 2 for receiving SMS relating to Real estate to 2442, SMS 3. for receiving SMS relating to Education to 2442, SMS 4 for receiving SMS relating to Health to 2442, SMS 5 for receiving SMS relating to Consumer Goods and Automobiles, to 2442, SMS 6 for receiving SMS relating to Communication/ Broadcasting/ Entertainment/ IT, to 2442 SMS 7 for receiving SMS relating to Tourism and Leisure to 2442, SMS 8 for receiving SMS relating to Sports to 2442, SMS 9 for receiving SMS relating to Religion to 2442.”