NCC AND GSM PROVIDERS TO REBUILD BOKOHARAM DESTROYED TELECOM FACILITES

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[Borno]–The Director General of National Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, has said that commission is working with Global System for Mobile (GSM) communication providers to rebuild Boko Haram destroyed telecom facilities in the North-East sub-region of the country.

The telecom masts and base stations signals, which are worth billions of naira, were destroyed during the Boko Haram insurgency between 2009 and 2015 in Borno, Adamwa and Yobe states.

Prof. Danbatta disclosed this during the presentation of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment to Borno State Police Command in Maiduguri, the state capital over the weekend.

He said that with the return of peace, there is the need to rebuild all the destroyed telecom facilities in restoring GSM communications in Northeast, adding that the destruction of these telecom facilities has seriously affected communications in most of the major towns of the zone, including the state capitals of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.

Prof. Danbatta, who was represented by NCC Director of Legal and Regulatory Services, Hajiya Hafsat Lawan, said the commission is working with the GSM providers on ways to get the destroyed facilities rebuilt and restore effective communications to Borno State and parts of the North-East sub-region affected by the vandalisation.

Speaking on the donation of the ICT equipment to Borno State Police Command, Lawan said that the donated ICT equipment and facilities was to assist the police tackle cybercrime, which has tinted the nation’s image in international community, adding that the commission was ready to give further donation in this regard.

While receiving the facilities, the Borno State Police Commissioner, Damien Chukwu promised that the facilities would be put to proper use in fighting crimes.

He also, assured the commission that the police would provide needed escorts, whenever the work on the destroyed telecommunications facilities commences.




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