Nigerian telcos seek technical staff movement during Covid-19 lockdown

By Kokumo Goodie, Nigeria Portal Editor, Lagos

Carriers in Nigeria have appealed to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to prevail on state authorities to grant its technical staff free movement as the nation prepares for possible lockdown to arrest the spread of the deadly Covid-19 disease.

Acting under the aegis of the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), the group said it has, though its National Executive Council (NEC), requested that the NCC to initiate the process of “National Right of Passage” for all technical staff of telecommunications companies in the event of foreseeable lockdown by either the Federal Government or the state government in an attempt to curb the spread of Coronavirus outbreak in the country.

“This request is made because of the essential nature of telecommunications infrastructures in managing the entire situation and the need for maintenance and repairs that may arise during the possible lockdown.

“We count on NCC to expedite action in this regard while we appreciate the Commission for being proactive and attentive.

“We also urge all our teeming members and their staff to comply with all the guidelines stipulated by the Federal Ministry of Health and all relevant authorities at state levels,” ATCON said.

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