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Telecom Networks Blocks 47 LGA’S In Nigeria

The Banditry going on at the North West & North Central States in Nigeria had led to massive loss of lives and properties and because of this, the state and federal governments had Jointly ordered the closure of telecommunications services in the most affected States namely, Katsina, Kaduna, Sokoto and Zamfara States.

After the telecom companies obeyed the order of the government, it was reported by Punch News that a total of 47 local government areas across the following states:- Zamfara, Katsina, Sokoto and Kaduna were affected by the ban on telecom services. According to Punch News, bank customers and Point of Sale (POS) traders in the affected areas groan over the lack of access to banking services as the ban continues in the four States.

In compliance with the directive of the government, GSM operators and marketers shut down their 248 base stations in Zamfara State.
The ban was latterly extended to 13 LGAs in Katsina, 14 LGAs in Sokoto and about seven LGAs in Kaduna. Zamfara State which has 14 LGA had telecoms services restored in Gusau, the capital of the state, leaving the ban in 13 LGAs. This brings the total number of LGAs affected by the ban presently to 47.

The 13 LGAs affected in Katsina are Sabuwa, Faskari, Dandume, Batsari, Danmusa, Kankara, Jibia, Safana, Dustin-Ma, Kurfi, Funtua, Bakori and Malumfashi.
The 14 LGAs affected in Sokoto are Gada, Goronyo, Gudu, Gwadabawa, Illela, Isa, Kebbe, Sabon Birni, Shagari, Rabah, Tambuwal, Tangaza, Tureta and Wurno.

The seven LGAs reportedly affected in Kaduna are Kajuru, Chikun, Igabi, Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Zaria and Zango-Kataf
.Meanwhile, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), there are voice subscribers and Internet data subscribers in Zamfara State as of the first quarter of 2021.

There were active voice subscribers and Internet data subscribers as of the first quarter of 2021 in Kaduna State alone
The number of telecoms subscribers in the 13 LGAs in Katsina, 14 LGAs in Sokoto and seven LGAs in Kaduna affected by the ban couldn’t be attained from the NBS as there were no breakdowns of the numbers on the LGA base.

The telecommunications service ban in the 4 aforementioned States had resulted in more hardships among the residents. Some people in the affected local governments revealed that they haven’t made business transactions since the commencement of the ban. The activities of Banks, POS traders, Cybercafes, Schools ( most especially tertiary institutions) and other GSM users have been crippled and few business owners had migrated to other local governments that weren’t affected by the ban.

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