President Buhari has given an immediate order to the office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), the Defense Headquarters (DHQ), including other security agencies, to make sure telecom infrastructure across Nigeria are Protected.
This follows the request made by Isa Ibrahim Pantami, who is the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy.
The Department of State Security (DSS), the Civil Defence and Police are also to join the fight against vandalism.
A statement made by Minister of Communication’s media aid, Uwa Suleman, called on telecom companies to reciprocate the gesture, by reducing the price of data.
We are noted that the COVID-19 outbreak has “led to a massive migration to digital platforms,” which has subsequently led to an increase in “the level of importance of Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) to the sustenance of our economy and the security of the nation.”
Part of the statement reads: “The Honourable Minister is delighted to inform stakeholders in the telecommunications industry that, His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has approved and also directed that necessary physical protective measures be emplaced to safeguard telecommunications infrastructure deployed across the country.
“The Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), Defence Headquarters (DHQ), Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Department of State Security Services (DSS) and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), have been notified of Mr. President’s directive.”