The federal government announced yesterday that it has approved the motion to shut down telecommunications activities in the state of Zamfara at the request of the security authorities.
The Minister of Communications and the Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, announced the revelation, speaking to journalists after the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari in the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Pantami said, contrary to some suggestion, that the guideline did not come from his ministry monitoring the sector. He said the decision was made at the behest of security agencies, who argued they would restrict bandits from operating in the area.
Citing the security implications, he declined to say whether the closure would extend to Katsina, Kaduna and other neighboring states where banditry is rampant.
However, he stated that the government was willing to sacrifice economic gains in telecommunications in order to gain security benefits achieve. He appealed to Nigerians to show understanding and support the efforts of the security authorities. He noted that information from the security loop showed that the action was producing results.
The minister further announced that the FEC had adopted the National Guideline on Fifth Generation Networks for Nigeria’s Digital Economy (also known as National Policy.) and they approved on 5G).
Pantami said with the approval that the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) was instructed to immediately develop a regulatory tool to ensure its safety.
He said the policy will discuss the benefits of 5G in Nigeria and in any part of the world. These include lower latency, greater capacity, and a higher data rate. “These are the three big advantages of 5G. And in simple language, we can say that it will open up a lot of economic, academic, educational, and even healthcare opportunities. It will also support our security institutions, especially in areas where they need high quality service. ”
FEC also approved contracts for the Transmission Company of Nigeria worth N. 427 million
Minister of Energy, Abubakar Aliyu, announced that N64, 236,625, would pay to purchase 40 sets of 330kV isolators.
Also TCN approved is N362,796,000 for the purchase of 132 kv chrome time switches, 16 sets of 33 kv ABB circuit breakers and 25 sets of 33 kv compound units, lightning rods.
It also approved N500 million as a consultancy fee for the design of a second start and end Runway for Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.