Association wants law to protect telecoms equipment against vandalism




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– The Association Telecommunications Subscribers (NATCOMS) on Sunday called for a law that would vandalism telecommunications equipment a capital offence.

The President NATCOMS, Chief Deolu Ogunbanjo, told the News Agency (NAN) that such a law had become view of incessant vandalism of telecoms equipment.

He said that such legislation would protect telecommunications installations and promote effective service delivery.

Ogunbanjo said that vandalism of   telecommunications equipment was frustrating efforts of operators providing quality services.

Ogunbanjo regretted that the vandalism disrupted services and adversely affected economic activities of who depended on telecoms for livelihood.

According to him, the disruption of services by vandals only disconnect subscribers but also paralyse and activities.

“Damage to telecoms facilities throw many out of jobs as less recharge cards be sold, cafes be out of business, while security and emergencies be affected,” Ogunbanjo said.

The NATCOMS president said that the Federal Government should leave protection of telecoms facilities to the operators alone.

“Vandalism of critical infrastructure has ripple effects on the economy, including job losses and reduced tax income,” he said.

Ogunbanjo called on the government to beef up security around telecoms installations nationwide to prevent `agents of economic sabotage’ from destroying them. (NAN)