FG votes N654m for S’East spectrum monitoring

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THE federal government, yesterday, approved N653,886,584 for purchase and deployment of spectrum monitoring system for the South-East Geopolitical Zone.

  The approval was made at the weekly  meeting of Federal Executive Council (FEC), which was its 18th virtual meeting, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

  Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, disclosed this to State House Correspondents at the end of the meeting.

  According to the minister, investigation carried out in five geopolitical zones of the country revealed that out of 320 frequencies discovered, 106 are illegal. Therefore, he said, those responsible for illegal frequencies would be prosecuted.

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  “The Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy sought approval of council for deployment of hybrid spectrum monitoring system, most importantly to focus on South-East. We presented our memo, seeking council’s approval of N653, 886,584 to procure and deploy hybrid spectrum monitoring system that will cover the southern part of the country, most importantly South East Zone. From January to August 2020, we discovered 320 frequencies being used all over the country and of this number, 106 were illegal. This is very worrisome because the usage of this illegal spectrum or frequencies will compromise national security and safety,” the minister said.

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  Similarly, FEC approved contracts for rehabilitation and reconstruction of Port Harcourt-Maiduguri eastern narrow gauge railway, to be fitted with new branch lines and trans-shipment facilities.

  Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, made this known while briefing State House Correspondents on the outcome of the meeting.

  According to him, FEC approved the construction of a new deep seaport in Bonny, under Private-Public- Partnership (PPP) programme and the construction of a railway Industrial park in Port Harcourt.

  “The Federal Executive Council today, approved the award of contract for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the Port Harcourt to Maiduguri Eastern Narrow Gauge Railway, with new branch lines and trans-shipment facilities. It also approved the construction of a deep seaport in Bonny under PPP and construction of a railway industrial park in Port Harcourt. The railway line will be at the cost of $3,020,279,549. The industrial park, which is under PPP, at no cost to federal government, will cost $241,154,389.31. The Bonny deep seaport will cost $461,924,369, at no cost to the federal government,” Amechi said.

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