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  • Says Hub Sites In Calabar Area Would Be Shut Down Today Due To Lack Of Diesel

LAGOS STATE, NIGERIA - Midday Saturday, hub sites in Calabar area would be shut down due to lack of diesel.

This revelation was made public by telecoms operators who had issued a warning that some regions in Nigeria will experience communication disruptions owing to the restrictions of trucks supplying diesel to transceiver base stations close to the border area.

Specifically,  the telecoms operators who are members of the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), insisted that by midday Saturday, hub sites in Calabar area would be shut down due to lack of diesel.

Particularly,  the Chairman of ALTON, Gbenga Adebayo and the Head of Operations, Gbolahan Awonuga, in a letter to the Executive Vice Chairman, Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Umar Danbatta, argued that the directive of the Nigeria Customs Service on the movement of petroleum product around the border area was affecting telecommunications,  with a further position that the directive had security implications.

The letter read in part, “Following the directives by the Nigeria Customs Service in a circular dated Wednesday, November 6, 2019, directing all customs zonal coordinators not to allow petroleum product to be delivered to any filling stations within 20 kilometres radius of any border area in Nigeria.

“The directive is already having huge negative impact on our members’ operations and this may be significant if the necessary agencies of government do not urgently intervene in the situation.

"The Customs Service had already stopped the trucks of our members in Kebbi, Kano and Calabar from supplying diesel to the telecommunications sites within the borders areas.

It would be recalled that in a letter issued by the Deputy Comptroller General of the NCS, Chidi A., the Service had informed all its coordinators that it had suspended petroleum supply to filling stations within 20 kilometres of the border.

The comptroller had equally directed  immediate compliance to the directive across its zones.

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