The office of the National Security Adviser, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) and other security agencies have been called on by President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that telecom infrastructures across Nigeria are protected.
President Buhari made this called after the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ibrahim Pantami, forwarded a request to the president.
The Department of State Security (DSS), the Police and the Civil Defence Corps is also to join in the fight against vandalism.
Pantami in a statement released through his spokesman, Uwa Suleiman, charged telecom companies to reciprocate the gesture, by reducing the price of data.
Uwa 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”.
“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.”