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Federal Government of Nigeria: Restore mobile phone communications in Borno State

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Communication is the livewire of human existence & development and in Borno State, that livewire has been severed by the Federal Government when they cut off all mobile communications. Without communication with the outside world, the people of Borno State have a markedly reduced quality of life and commerce and development in the state have come to a standstill. We realise that shutting off the mobile phones was a necessary step at the peak of the Boko Haram insurgency. However, it has been over six months since this strategy was implemented and its continuation also bears some negative unintended consequences.

 

The shutting down of mobile communications network has also caused the avoidable loss of lives, as many people have to travel to Damaturu, an hour away to call their friends and family. In September, about 200 people were killed by the Boko Haram terrorist group on the Maiduguri-Damaturu Highway. Most of them had travelled to go and make phone calls.

 

There has also been a loss of business opportunities directly and indirectly. Those involved in the sales of airtime, mobile phones and other phone-related items have had to close shop over the past six months.

 

Constant worry as people are unable to reach their families, parents do not know the wellbeing of their kids in schools. Inability to take necessary action in times of emergency such as going to the hospital for much-needed life saving treatment.

 

Despite the shutdown, violence has continued, albeit at a reduced rate, as the insurgents have devised means to circumvent the lack of mobile telephone communication.

 

We need mobile communication to be restored so that residents of Borno State can have a semblance of a normal life. It's hard enough living in a place that is not peaceful but to cap it all, cutting mobile communication removes the very means which help can be summoned when there is trouble and which people can use to check on their loved ones is unbearable.

 

Dear Federal Government, please restore mobile phone communications in Borno State



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