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FG approves N1.8bn for the purchase of equipment to detect and block fraudsters



On Wednesday, December 8, the Federal Executive Council (FEC), approved the sum of N1.8bn for the procurement of telecommunication equipment..

The minister of communication and digital economy, Isa Pantami, made this disclosure to the State House correspondents at the end of the virtual Council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The Punch reports that the facilities would be used to detect and block fraudsters using different SIM cards.

Also, the approval of the new regulatory system is expected to support the country to address the challenges of insecurity, among others, Vanguard also reported.

The two new systems
Pantami explained that the deployment of the system would help to monitor, detect and block SIM cards, thereby fighting what he called “voice traffic termination fraught.”

He said:

“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 the NCC.

“This deployment of the system to monitor, detect and block SIM is to fight what we called voice traffic termination fraught. What the two systems will do is to support our country in two major ways in addition to many others.”

President’s approval
He added that the president had directed the systems to be deployed.

The second memo
Pantami said the second memo was another special intervention of the Buhari regime.

“As part of the intervention of the current administration, the Nigerian Communications Commission has been directed to partake in policy implementation of what has been entitled as ADAPTI. ADAPTI means Advanced Digital Awareness Programme for Tertiary Institutions at the federal and state level.”

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