September 08, (THEWILL) – The Kaduna State Government has debunked reported plans to shutdown telecommunication services in the state, passing it off as fake news.
The Government in a statement issued on Wednesday by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communications, Muyiwa Adekeye, said it “has not made such a decision, nor has it announced any such plans.
“The Kaduna State Government did not reach out to any federal agency to request a telecoms shutdown, and it has not in any way ordered or effected a communications shutdown”.
The statement urged residents of the state to ignore the rumours.
“It is fake news which some people are trying to pass off as genuine by placing the KDSG logo on their false statements. It is simply not true.
“Citizens should ignore the fake news. There is no shutdown of telecoms services in Kaduna State”.
“Where a telecoms shutdown is deemed to be necessary, that decision would have been formally announced in a properly signed statement posted on official information handles”, it added.
THEWILL reports that the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), had recently directed telecommunications providers to shut down services in Zamfara State for two weeks.
This was disclosed in a memo signed on Friday by the vice-chairman of the NCC, Professor Umar Danbatta, and addressed to one of the telecoms providers.
According to the memo, the shutdown of the telecoms sites had become necessary due to the lingering insecurity in the state.