Radio Monitoring Equipment Not Targeted At Radio Biafra – FG Replies IPOB
The Federal Government has cleared all speculations indicating that it budgeted over N653.8m for the purchase of hybrid Radio Spectrum Monitoring Equipment, to jam signals of the Radio Biafra.
Recall that the federal government on 4 October budgeted N653.8m for the procurement of instruments to monitor illegal radio signals in the country, particularly the southeast region.
This move by the Federal government has raised a lot of controversy as the proscribed freedom fight group, The indigenous People Of Biafra has reacted to the action, accusing the Muhammadu Buhari’s administration of wasting a huge sum of money just to jam the Radio Biafra signals.
In a statement issued by Philomina Oshodin, the Deputy Director of Press, ministry of Communication, stated that the procurement of Hybrid Radio Spectrum Monitoring Device, was never targeted at the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, as alleged.
While noting that the allegation was false, Oshodin explained that the equipment would be deployed “to ensure compliance by users of assigned radio frequencies”
The statement reads in part:
“The Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy obtained an approval in 2017 to acquire five (5) Radio Spectrum Monitoring Equipment and two (2) Denial of Service Equipment.
“The five (5) Radio Spectrum Monitoring Equipment were deployed to monitor the whole Country as follows: Azare – to cover Bauchi, Borno, Kano, Jigawa, Adamawa, Taraba, Gombe, and Yobe States.”
“But during the monitoring exercise, it was discovered that the Abuja and Ogoja Stations were being overstretched as coverage areas were too large for effective and efficient monitoring.
“Consequently, the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy sought and obtained approval to acquire one (1) additional Hybrid Mobile Radio Spectrum Monitoring System in the sum of N654 million to be sited in Anambra State to reduce the coverage area for both Abuja and Ogoja Stations. This will reduce Abuja Station coverage and enable Abuja to cover Kwara and Ekiti thereby reducing the coverage areas for Lagos and Gusau Monitoring Stations