Talks ongoing with Ghana, others to protect undersea cables - FG

Talks ongoing with Ghana, others to protect undersea cables - FG

The federal government said talks are ongoing with Ghana and some other countries to enhance the protection of undersea cables.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Bosun Tijani, disclosed this on the social media platform X (formerly Twitter).

Recall that there was an undersea cable cut recently, which has affected Ghana, Togo, and Senegal, among others.

Tijani emphasised the need to review international laws and foster partnerships with regional and global bodies to accelerate efforts to safeguard this vital infrastructure.

The minister stated that the Nigerian Communications Commission was actively working with all relevant stakeholders to swiftly resolve the issues at hand.

According to him, the initiative marks a significant step towards ensuring the resilience and reliability of undersea cables, crucial lifelines in today's interconnected world.

Tijani said, "I must commend the selflessness shown by the leadership of @GloWorld @WIOCC_ @MTNNG @Mainoneservice and the entire sector in coming together to limit the impact of the cuts. Your actions are helping us all to better prepare for the future.

"This is also an opportunity for us to review international laws and collaborations to adequately protect undersea cables, and I will be engaging regional and global bodies to accelerate efforts on this crucial agenda.

"To those experiencing disruption, please rest assured that @NgComCommission is working with all key stakeholders to resolve the matter in the shortest possible time."

The subsea cable supplying broadband Internet connectivity to Nigeria and countries in the West African sub-region, has since Thursday, forced many banks and other financial institutions, as well as telecom companies and allied firms, to scale down their operations.

Cable companies-West African Cable System and African Coast to Europe in the West Coast route from Europe-have experienced faults, while SAT3 and MainOne have downtime.


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