Minister of communication and digital economy, Isa Pantami said the fifth-generation (5G) cellular networks will be deployed in January 2022 and will aid surveillance against vandalism of public assets.
However, reports have it that the organization of the event, was by the Ministry of Information and Culture, in attendance were,
Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno and his Deputy, Mr Usman Kadafur and other stakeholders.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed led the other ministers who
were panelists at the town hall meeting.
Speaking during a town hall meeting in Maiduguri, Borno state, on Thursday September 23, the Minister was
represented by Ubale Maska, NCC commissioner for technical services, said the deployment became necessary
as there are over 50,000 telecommunications sites across the country and about 16,000 outages recorded by
mobile network operators (MTN, Glo, Airtel, 9mobile) between January 2021 and July 2021.
Furthermore, Pantami blamed the outages on fibre cuts, access denial and theft, leading to service disruption in the affected areas.
The Minister who also condemns situations where destruction of telecoms installations in terrorist attacks which had
not been replaced as a result of the intense security issues and tensions in north-east states, urged
the national assembly to speed up the passage of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Bill for onward submission
to Muhammadu Buhari for assent.
By Taiyelolu A