FG approves N654m to monitor radio frequencies in S-East

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The Federal Executive Council, FEC, has approved N654 million for the deployment of hybrid spectrum monitoring system against illegal frequencies in the Southeast states.

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The development is antithetical to the agitation of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, for secession of eastern part of the country and to curtail the spread of the group’s message through illegal radio stations.

Announcing the approval of the monitoring system by FEC to State House correspondents, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, said following investigation, it was discovered that there is widespread of illegal frequencies, particularly in Southeast states saying the situation posed danger to the nation’s security.

“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. It is because of the agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari to promote security that we came up with this initiative of monitoring the usage of frequencies and uncovered the legal and the illegal ones.

“For the legal ones to ensure they renew their licenses annually and for the illegal ones, necessary actions are being taken according to the gravity of the offence.

“We discovered that our monitoring did not cover south east. It covered five zones – North East, North West, North Central, South West and South South. However, South East has not been covered.

“It is because of this that we presented our memo, seeking for the council’s approval of N653,886,584 to procure and deploy hybrid spectrum monitoring system that will cover the southern part of the country, most importantly the south east,” Pantami said.

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