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FEC okays N1.8bn for telecom equipments to detect, block fraudsters

…distributes 6,000 e-pact mobile devices to higher institutions

The Federal Executive Council (FEC), has approved the sum of N1.8 billion for the procurement of some telecommunications equipments for the detection and blockage of criminals using the facility to defraud people. This was disclosed by the Minister of Communications, Prof. Isa Ali Pantami, yesterday while briefing journalists, after a weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC), chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa. According to him, the equipments would also help in addressing the challenge of insecurity in the country.

Pantami said the deployment of the system would help to monitor, detect and block SIM and fight what he called voice traffic termination fraught. He said: “I am here to present two memos approved by the Federal Executive Council. And these two memos are to be implemented by the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC.

“The first memo that has been approved by the Federal Executive Council is for the deployment of regulatory systems in the telecommunications industry, which is to be implemented by NCC. “These regulatory systems have two components. Component number one is the deployment of a regulatory system to monitor, detect and block SIM box traffic. This is the first one and it is going to be implemented at the cost of N804,122,897.50 by NCC. “This deployment of system to monitor, detect and block SIM is to fight what we call voice traffic termination fraught. What the two systems will do is to support our country in two major ways in addition to many others.”

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