The Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari has ordered all security agencies to ensure the protection of telecom infrastructures across the country.
The minister of communications and digital economy, Isa Ibrahim Pantami, disclosed that the president’s order was directed to the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) the Department of State Security (DSS) the police and the Civil Defence Corps.
Pantami in a statement through his media aide, Uwa Suleiman, noted that all security agencies in the country are to ensure that telecom infrastructures are protected from vandalism in the interest of the economy, The Nation reported.
He said the president’s order was given at the request of the minister of communications and the digital economy. The minister said the telecommunications infrastructure is crucial to critical National Infrastructure and should be protected from vandalization and theft.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has cleared the air over the viral rumours that Nigeria’s telecoms industry will switch to Fifth-Generation (5G) network on Tuesday, May 12. The NCC through a statement by its spokesman Henry Nkemmadu, on Monday, May 11, said rumours are false. In the statement, the commission stated that there is no deployment of 5G in Nigeria at the moment.
Dgovscoops notes that the NCC had in 2019 approved a trial test for 5G for a period of three months. The trial has been concluded and installation decommissioned.
NCC’s executive vice-chairman, Umar Danbata, in the statement, said the trial, among others, was to study and observe any health or security challenges the 5G network might present.
In another report, the National Orientation Agency, FCT directorate, has called for the provision of specialised learning aids for children living with disabilities in Nigeria.
The NOA-FCT in collaboration with Business and Professional Women (BPW) Nigeria, noted that children living with disabilities in Nigeria have special needs and require learning aids to help them join in the online classes most schools are running this period. The agency quoted a visually impaired assistant chief education officer in the federal ministry of education, Ms Oluchi Okpara, who spoke on the need to make provisions for this category of Nigerians.
Still on technology, Africa is set to start enjoying better and faster and internet as social media giant Facebook Inc and some of the world’s largest telecom carriers including China Mobile Ltd. are collaborating to build a giant sub-sea cable. Bloomberg reported that the cable will help bring more reliable and faster internet across the African continent.
Dgovscoops gathers that the project which is tagged 2Africa will cost about $1 billion. The undersea long cable which will cover 37,000-kilometre will connect Europe to the Middle East and 16 African countries. 2Africa is expected to come into operation by 2024 and will deliver more than the combined capacity of all sub-sea cables serving Africa.