President Muhammadu Buhari has notified the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) and other security agencies to ensure the protection of telecom infrastructure across the country.
The approval of the protection followed the request of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ibrahim Pantami.
The Department of State Services (DSS), the police and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) are also to ensure that telecom facilities get tight security from vandals in the interest of the economy.
A statement by the minister’s media aide, Uwa Suleiman, urged telecom companies to reciprocate the gesture by reducing the price of data.
The statement noted that the Nigerian telecommunications industry depends on infrastructure that play a critical role in the smooth delivery of telecoms services.
“These are part of Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) because of the important role they play in ensuring security and in the delivery of other essential services,” said Uwa.