Funds sought to revive telcoms in northeast Nigeria

February 16, 2017 5:33 am0 commentsViews: 8

telecommsMAIDUGURI, (CAJ News) – ABOUT US$5 million (N1,573 billion) is required to set up telecommunications infrastructure and coordinate humanitarian projects in the terror-prone northeast Nigeria.
The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) is at the forefront of the fundraising campaign.
Its requirements for the Borno and Yobe States is US$ 4,9 million of which US$ 1,2 million has been received.
The two states are among three, alongside Adamawa, worst affected by the crisis.
“ETS is actively engaging with local partners to seek further funding opportunities,” said a spokesperson.
Among other projects ETS aims to revive include the upgrade of existing United Nations security communications system to support safety and security of humanitarians, including upgrade of UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) Communications Centre (COMCEN) in Maiduguri.
Other objectives include the provision of security telecommunications services in some common operational areas in Maiduguri and Damaturu, the Borno and Yobe capitals respectively.
ETS said connectivity and security telecommunications services would be deployed at identified common operational hubs across Borno and Yobe for shared humanitarian use, in line with the wider humanitarian response plan.
Security telecommunications and connectivity equipment have been prepositioned in Gwoza to deploy vital communications services at this camp before end of February.
Telecommunication services are almost null in northeast Nigeria following destruction by the Boko Haram.
CAJ News

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