The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, says President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the deployment of regulatory systems to enhance the security of all citizens, especially mobile phone users.
The approved sum is N1.8 billion.
Pantami disclosed this while briefing State House Correspondents at the end of the weekly FEC meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa Abuja.
He further said that the council approved the distribution of 6000 e-pad mobile devices by the Nigerian Communications Commission for tertiary institutions across the country.
“The first memo that was approved by the Federal Executive Council is for the deployment of regulatory systems in the telecommunications industry, to be implemented by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).”
“The system has two components; number one is the deployment of a regulatory system to monitor, detect and block SIM box. It is going to be implemented at the cost of N804, 122, 897.50 by NCC.
“This deployment is to fight what is called voice traffic termination fraud.
“Using these systems, the NCC will be able to immediately address such criminal tendencies on behalf of the Nigerian government.
“The second one in the same memo is the deployment of a regulatory system to monitor, detect, block, and call masking traffic at the cost of N1, 049, 790, 713. 58. They are all forms of fraud committed by criminals.
“This will enhance revenue generation by our government because the use of any international number will attract higher tax, but if it appears as a local number, the government would be short-changed.”