Security: Buhari approves N653.9b for spectrum monitoring in southeast

Security: Buhari approves N653.9b for spectrum monitoring in southeast

- The ministry of communications and digital economy has discovered massive illegality in frequencies used in Nigeria, especially in the southeast

- In fact, the minister, Isa Pantami, on Wednesday, October 7, disclosed that there were about 106 illegal frequencies used of the 320 approved in the country

- For this reason, the Federal Executive Council has approved the sum of N653,886,584 for the procurement of hybrid spectrum monitoring system

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The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday, October 7, approved the sum of N653,886,584 to procure hybrid spectrum monitoring system to track down illegal frequencies in the southeast region of Nigeria.

The move by the FEC was influenced by the need to ensure national security in not only the geopolitical zone but throughout the nation, This Day reports.

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This decision came after the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy discovered illegal spectrum frequencies in the zone which has the potential to compromise national safety and security.

The minister, Isa Pantami, explained in his briefing to the FEC that of the 320 frequencies in the five zones of the country, not less than 106 are illegal.

Security: Buhari approves N653.9b for spectrum monitoring in Southeast

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Pantami revealed:

“The Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy sought the approval of the council for deploying hybrid spectrum monitoring system, most importantly to focus on the south-eastern zone of the country.
“From January to August 2020, within the period of eight months, we discovered 320 frequencies being used all over the country and of this 320,106 were illegal. This is very worrisome because the usage of this illegal spectrum or frequencies will compromise our security and safety in the country.”

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He went on to note that this drive is in line with President Muhammadu Buhari's initiative to strengthen the nation's security system by monitoring the usage of frequencies so as to spot illegality.

Pantami added that for the legal frequencies, the monitoring would ensure that they renew their licenses yearly, while necessary actions will be taken against the illegal ones promptly.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that service chiefs began a total rejig of the security structure in order to bring a lasting solution to the aggravating insecurity situation in the country.

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