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"Telcos not doing enough to curb insecurity"

12 November 2013, 08:31Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - Aspiring Anambra State Governor, Andy Ubah, has accused telecommunications firms of not complementing government efforts to curb insecurity in the country.

The Labour Party candidate argued the companies had the capacity to assist the government in that regard but were preoccupied with making profits.

“I believe that most of these telecoms companies are not doing enough to help Anambra State to check insecurity. They make over N460 million daily, yet they cannot help us to tele-guide the state with their hi-tech facilities. When I become the governor of this state, I will have to seat down and discuss with all GSM operators in this state. They must be compelled to use their facilities to help us since they make much money from us," he said during an event head of the elections.

The polls are scheduled for the weekend.

Ubah said that if he won the election, his top priority would be to implement a “digital network” approach to fighting crime and other security problems in the state. According Ubah, the digital network system which he proposes to check insecurity would help rid the state of armed robbers and kidnappers which has become a common occurrence in the state.

He said any telecom firm that was not ready to corporate with the state in its digital network approach to fight crime might be compelled to stop doing business in the state.

“With my digital network approach to insecurity in this state, before you push a button, the entire community is at alert,” he said.

Ubah further promised to establish a state-owned mobile operator that would generate the equivalent of the revenue generated by the telecommunication companies if they failed to comply with the digital networking policies he intended to implement if voted into office.

– CAJ News


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