The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has recently approved the immediate restoration of telecommunications services for communities in Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria.
This is coming two months following the shut down of the service in the North-Western state.
In a statement from the NCC to the Kaduna State Government indicates that approval had been granted.
“Approval is hereby granted for you to restore telecom services in the following LGAs of Kaduna State with immediate effect. Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Igabi, Chukun, Kajuru, Kachia, Kagarko.
Please you are required to confirm to the Commission the implementation of this directive as soon as is completed. Thank you. Letter will follow as usual,”
Owing to recent attacks along the Kaduna-Abuja Road despite the ban, the state government had earlier lifted the two-month old ban on mobile phone services.
Samuel Aruwan, the Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs for Kaduna state had made this announcement on Friday, November 26, 2021.
Nevertheless, the Commissioner had insisted that the state will continue to enforce initial measures employed to curb the ravaging banditry activities.
The Kaduna state government had earlier directed telecommunications companies to suspend their services.
According to Aruwan, the sale of petrol in jerrycans and the usage of motorcycles for transport services had been banned in Kaduna state.
The statement reads, “I am here to inform you of, and to formally announce the implementation of certain measures to assist the security agencies in parts of the state.
You will recall that Governor Nasir El-Rufai announced in a media chat yesterday (28th September 2021) that the state government has formally requested the Federal Government to enforce the shutdown of telecom services in parts of the state identified by security agencies as requiring such measures.
“The relevant federal agencies have today informed the Kaduna State Government that the processes for telecoms shutdown in parts of the state have commenced.
As part of the steps to address the current security situation in Kaduna State and neighbouring states in the North-West and North-Central regions, KDSG has held several meetings with security agencies to adopt critical measures towards crushing bandits in their identified hideouts.”
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