New N650m Spectrum Monitoring System For The South East Raises Questions As Some Call It A Spy Centre Meant To Eavesdrop On The Igbo
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the procurement and deployment of a hybrid spectrum monitoring system to detect illegal frequencies in the southeast at the cost of N653, 886,584.
Dr Isa Ali Pantami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, made this known while addressing members of the press at the end of the weekly virtual FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Villa, in Abuja.
The Minister said the monitoring hub was necessary because investigations had revealed the use of illegal frequencies in the country had become very rampant, adding out of the 320 frequencies discovered, 106 were illegal and that the operators will soon be identified and prosecuted.
“We discovered that our monitoring did not cover south east part of the country. 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 council’s approval of N653,886,584 to procure and deploy a hybrid spectrum monitoring system that will cover the southern part of the country, most importantly the south east.
“So the council approved for the deployment and this project will go a long way in promoting safety and security and secondly, identify the usage of illegal spectrum and thirdly, enhance revenue for the federal government and fourthly, in the long run it will create many jobs for the citizens."
However, in related matters some locals in the South East and other Igbo in the Diaspora are questioning the real motive behind placing what they called a modern Spy Centre in the region saying it was just another tool to be used by the FG in its effort to marginalise the Igbo.
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