Border Closure: Telecomm Operators Warn of Impending Network Failure


Due to the restrictions of trucks supplying diesel to telecomm transceiver base stations close to border areas which have since been closed, the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), have warned that some regions in the country will start experiencing communication disruption soon.

The union, through its Chairman, Gbenga Adebayo, made this known on Saturday, November 9, 2019, in a letter sent to the Executive Vice Chairman, Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Umar Danbatta.

They said the directive of the Nigeria Customs Service on the movement of petroleum product around the border area was affecting telecomm activities, stating further that the directive has security implications.

“Following the directives by the Nigeria Customs Service in a circular dated Wednesday, November 6, 2019, directing all customs zonal coordinators not to allow petroleum product to be delivered to any filling stations within 20 kilometres radius of any border area in Nigeria.

“The directive is already having huge negative impact on our members’ operations and this may be significant if the necessary agencies of government do not urgently intervene in the situation,” the letter read in part.

Continuing, it noted that the Customs Service had already stopped the trucks of its members in Kebbi, Kano and Calabar from supplying diesel to the telecommunications sites within the border areas.

The association therefore called for an immediate intervention of the NCC and the Federal Government as major hub sites might be affected.

You may recall that the Federal Government had in October, disclosed that the country’s land borders which it closed on August 21, 2019 would remain closed until January 31, 2020.


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