The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the sum of #654 yesterday for the deployment of hybrid spectrum monitoring system to target the illegal frequencies in the South East.
This is coming into being after the agitation from the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to create an independent nation.
This was made known by Dr. Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy while briefing the State House Correspondents at the FEC meeting presided over by the President, Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.
Dr. Isa disclosed that investigation had revealed that the use of illegal frequencies in the nation is becoming very rampant which is a threat to national security.
According to Dr. Isa, “The Federal Executive Council chaired by our boss, President Muhammadu Buhari has been briefed about an investigation carried out by the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy and also sought for the approval of deploying hybrid spectrum monitoring system most importantly to focus on the South Eastern Zone.”
“Firstly, we have carried out an investigation of the use of illegal frequencies in the country which has become very rampant. From January to August 2030, within the period of eight months or thereabout, 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 coubtry. It is because of the agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari in promoting security that we came up with this initiative of monitoring the usage of frequencies and to discover the legal and the illegal ones.”
“For the illegal ones, we will ensure that they get renewal (or their licenses) annually and for the illegal ones, necessary actions are being taken according to the gravity of the offence.”
Dr. Isa continued, saying they have discovered that the monitoring has not covered some zones in the country which includes the South East zone. It is for this reason that the council has approved the sum of #653,886,584 to procure and deploy hybrid spectrum monitoring system that can cover the whole southern part of the country, most especially the South East.