Maiduguri - The Nigerian Army has
inaugurated internet protocol desktop telephones at the 8 Task Force Division
in Northern Borno to enable troops communicate with their families with ease.
Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, the Deputy Director, Army Public
Relations Department, stated this on Friday in Maiduguri.
Nwachukwu said in a statement that the facility was
inaugurated by Brig.-Gen. Abu Nani, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the
Division in Monguno.
“The Nigerian Army has inaugurated the first set of internet
protocol desktop telephone in some locations of the 8 Task Force Division in
“The essence is to alleviate the sufferings of troops who
spend two to three hours travelling to Maiduguri to communicate with their
families on phone.
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“The telephone system, which comprises of a very small
Aperture Terminal (VSAT) and a Grand Stream handset, were installed at the
headquarters of the taskforce in Monguno, in 7 Brigade Baga and 153 Task Force
Battalion in Marte.
“Each of the call centres provides five terminal points for
officers and soldiers to communicate with their families from the front
lines,’’ he said.
Nwachukwu said that the provision of the facility had
resolved the nightmare of troops being cut off from their families and friends.
“It has mitigated the rigour of travelling several hours by
troops to Maiduguri to access telecommunication facility to communicate with
their loved ones,’’ he said.