By Bukar Bolori
The Commandant General (CG) of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Dr Ahmed Audi has vowed to stamp vandalisation of telecommunications infrastructure across the nation.
This decision was taken following the recent attacks by miscreants and vandals on telecommunication facilities across some Northern parts of the country which created huge loss of resources and revenues to both government and private investors in the sector.
Representing the CG during a courtesy visit to the Chief Executive Officer, NATCOM Development and Investment Limited, Dr. Babatunde Omotoba at their head office in Maitama, Abuja, ACG Irabor Beatrice, who in charge of Telecommunications and Power Department, NSCDC National Headquarters, stated that the Corps is poised to tackle the menace of vandalism affecting the telecommunications infrastructure in the country.
She assured the NATCOM boss that as the lead agency in the protection of Critical Infrastructure and National Assets, the Corps will leave no stone unturned in protecting the Telecom sector and reduce attacks on its infrastructures to the bearest minimum if not eradicated completely.
She said: “The CG has directed me assure you that the war against vandalism of our Telecommunication infrastructure is total and unrelenting, this will surely extend to every parts of the country.
“It is no longer going to be business as usual for the enemies of this sector, we are stepping up our operations and strategies with renewed vigor to solve this menace, I assure you.”
Irabor reiterated that Nigeria Telecom Market has witnessed strong growth in recent years due to increasing urban population with rising adoption of the mobile phones that supports 3G, 4G and 5G services across the country, hence the Corps will not relent in protecting the industry against saboteurs who are against the economic prosperity of the Nation.
“As a major stakeholder, the Corps’ efforts would be geared towards reducing issues of threats and attacks to the Infrastructural facilities of the Nation.
“We are going to proactively and deliberately secure telecom facilities and bring perpetrators to justice in order to make life better for our people”, she assured.
In his response, Dr. Babatunde Omotoba praised the efforts of the officers and men of the NSCDC in protecting Telecommunications facilities across Nigeria.
He said: “I want to use this opportunity to thank the leadership of the Corps, especially the Commandant General for the good job the Corps’ personnel are doing in the protection of our Telecom Assets and Infrastructure across the states.
“Their selfless service and display of integrity and lack of compromise cannot be overlooked, we are really grateful.”
“We will continue to cooperate with the Corps with a view to sustaining the existing relationship because we have seen the good work your people are doing”, he said.