The Zamfara State Government has directed the restoration of telecommunication services only around the Gusau metropolis, the state capital.
In a statement by the Special Adviser by the Public Enlightenment, Media and Communications, Zailani Bappa, the directive takes effect today October 1.
Bappa explained that the restoration of the network in the state capital became imperative following the success recorded in the fight against banditry.
He added that the decision was aimed at easing the hardship faced by both the private and public sectors in the state.
“The government found it necessary to ease the tight measure after the recorded success desired of it, which has no doubt destabilised the syndicate of criminals terrorising the state, leading to the successes recorded against them by the security operatives”, the government said.
According to him, Governor Matawalle has promised that his administration will continue to monitor closely the unfolding developments in a bid to announce further decisions on measures to be taken.
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) had on September 4 directed telecommunications providers to shut down services in Zamfara State.
The shutdown, according to the commission became necessary due to the lingering insecurity in the state.
“The pervading security situation in Zamfara has necessitated an immediate shutdown of all telecommunications services in the state from today, September 3, 2021.
“This is to enable relevant security agencies to carry out the required activities towards addressing the security challenge in the state”, a statement from the NCC had said.