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President Muhammadu Buhari, has approved and also directed that necessary physical protective measures be put in placed to safeguard telecommunications infrastructure deployed across the country.
The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr Is a Pantami declared this through the Ministry’s SpokespersonMrs Uwa Suleiman made available to TnTv Network that, The Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), Defence Headquarters (DHQ), Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Department of State Security Services (DSS) and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), have been notified of the President’s directive.
The implementation of the National Broadband Plan (NBP) and the implementation of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy, both unveiled by President Buhari, have repositioned the ICT sector. This is evident by the recent ‘Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product Report’ released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) which showed that the ICT sector contributed an unprecedented 14.07% to the total real GDP in the first quarter of 2020.
Dr Pantami further stated that the Ministry is also working towards the reinforcement of these directives through appropriate regulatory instruments. While commending the security institutions, for the commitment they have demonstrated in securing these infrastructure.
The Minister also expressed gratitude for the timely approval of President Muhammadu Buhari, hopeful that the challenge of vandalism Critical National Infrastructure will be addressed. Which he says will also go a long way in supporting the implementation of the National Broadband Plan (2020-2025).
It will interest you to know that as part of the policy of the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Dr Pantami, has championed efforts to identify telecommunications infrastructure as Critical National Infrastructure, with a view to protecting them from vandalization and theft, amongst other things.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, has also led to a massive migration to digital platforms and has increased the level of importance of Critical National Infrastructure to the sustenance of our economy and the security of the nation.
In view of this, the Federal Government strongly urges the Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) to ensure that they further reduce the price of data and calls for citizens. This is to reciprocate this gesture, and to submit a comprehensive list of their facility locations all over the country.