The Kaduna State Government on Friday called on service providers to immediately restore telecommunications services across the state. The order is coming following the earlier shutdown of the telecommunications services in some local government areas as part of measures to contain the onslaught of bandits in the state.
The state government had imposed a three months ban on telecommunication services in some local government areas of the state following the advice of security agencies to enable them to go after the bandits. Addressing newsmen at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Secretariat, Kaduna on Friday, Samuel Aruwan, Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, said: “I am here to inform you that the Kaduna State Government has contacted the relevant federal agencies to effect the immediate restoration of telecommunication services, which were suspended in some local government areas.”
The Commissioner added: “Security agencies had requested the shutdown in October, among other measures, to assist ongoing operations against armed bandits and other criminals”, adding that the security agencies have now notified the government that telecoms services can be restored. Aruwan said the telecoms shutdown had helped the security agencies to achieve some results, which the security forces will reel out soon, saying that a prolonged shutdown was out of the question, due to its impact on the legitimate activities of citizens and businesses.
He also advised that the restoration of full services in the affected areas may unfold over a few days, as the service providers mo-bilise to power and boost their transmission systems accordingly. The Commissioner added that the State government regrets the inconveniences residents of the affected LGAs may have encountered as a result of the shutdown. The State government wishes to commend the sacrifices made by residents while this temporary MEAsure lasted. “Notwithstanding, the government wishes to reiterate that the other measures announced as part of the security containment orders remain in force. “These include the prohibition of motorcycles all over the state, the ban on weekly markets, transportation of cattle, and the prohibition of sale of fuel in jerry cans in speci