So, Nigeria’s lower chamber of parliament, the House of Representatives, are scrambling for some piece of action in the telecommunications sectors.

But they seem to be overzealous about it and the telcos are beginning to feel burdened. 

The telcos have accused the lawmakers of extending multiple invitations to them through several house committees, saying that the invitation requests are mere duplicates.

The telcos, under the umbrella of the Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria, ALTON said this in a letter conveyed to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.

The ALTON Chairman, Gbenga Adebayo, and Executive Secretary, Kazeem Ladepo, signed the letter titled, ‘Request for Intervention: Overlapping Supervisory Activity of House Committees’.

The letter read in part, “The key cause of concern for us in this regard is the fact that oftentimes, the subject matter and requests of these committees tend to replicate the same purview/scope, with the attendant duplication of multiple requests for the same information.

“In some instances, the same documentation is required by different ad-hoc committees investigating different aspects of the industry, thus leading to confusion in assembling the documentation.

“In addition, our members are also faced with the challenge of honouring concurrent public hearings and meeting requests from these various committees,” the letter said.