By Michael Olugbode
The National Communications Commission (NCC) is working with telecommunications firms to rebuild facilities worth billions of naira lost to Boko Haram insurgency in the North-east.
One of the major facilities attacked by the insurgents in a siege that lasted about five years in parts of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States were telecommunications facilities leading to the loss of signal in many areas.
But with the insurgency winding up, there is need to rebuild the destroyed facilities and restore mobile telephony to the affected towns.
Speaking in Maiduguri, the Director General of NCC, Prof. Umar Dambatta, said the commission was in talks with the telecoms firms on ways to get the destroyed facilities rebuilt and bring back effective telephony.
Dambatta, who was represented by the Director, Legal and Regulatory Service of the Commission, Hajiya Hafsat Lawan, at the donation of ICT equipment to the Borno State Command of the Nigerian Police on Thursday said: “We are working on making GSM work effectively in Borno State and parts of the North-east destroyed by Boko Haram.”
Lawan said the commission was equally ready to make some sacrifices needed to take the full pains off the telecoms companies.
She said the representatives of the commission were in Maiduguri to collaborate with the police in ending cybercrime which has added to the dent of the nation’s image in the eyes of the world.
The donation is to assist the police to tackle cybercrime, the NCC boss said, adding that the commission was ready to give further donation in this regard.
Receiving the donation, the Borno State Police Commissioner, Damien Chukwu, said they would be put to use in fighting crimes.
He promised the commission that the police would provide the needed escort whenever the work on the destroyed telecommunications facilities commences.