Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, has urged the Federal Government to consider the deployment of technology for the protection of power, communications and other critical infrastructure in the country.
“He made this known in Maiduguri, yesterday, at a town hall meeting to address vandalisation of power and telecommunications infrastructure, organised by the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture.”
Zulum said governments at all level were working assiduously to establish a sustainable framework to ensure proper handling of the process, even as he disclosed that the President has promised support for the initiative.
“He explained how insurgents earlier this year blew up high-tension wires supplying electricity to the state. “This culminated in the darkness being experienced in the past months. This has been a harrowing situation especially for those who depend on constant electricity for their livelihoods. We mobilised resources to effect necessary repairs.”
After spending millions of naira, the excitement was short-lived as the insurgents, 24 hours later, destroyed the repaired lines, along with others, subjecting the people to despair and hopelessness.”
“The governor said since it is impossible to provide 24-hour protection to power lines in the state or any other part of the country, it has become imperative for the Federal Government to explore the deployment of technology to protect physical infrastructure.”