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  • Updated: May 06, 2024

EXCLUSIVE: MTN, Glo cut networks in local communities over running costs

EXCLUSIVE: MTN, Glo cut networks in local communities over r

Report has emerged that major network providers in Nigeria including Glo and MTN have halted operations in some local communities considering the hike in running costs of their facilities in those areas.

Allnews.ng learnt from affected residents residing in different corners of the country especially from the North-Central geopolitical zone that network connections are completely down affecting their day to day activities. 

Adequate telecommunication networks are vital for local communities, providing essential services like healthcare and education, and fostering economic growth while enhancing residents' quality of life.

Abuja

But, Residents from different local communities in Abuja have lamented the total shutdown of networks in their areas. 

Sources specifically told Allnews.ng that Ushafa, a community in Bwari part of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT has been experiencing downtime in network usage for months now. 

A resident who spoke to our correspondent said some days one has to drive all the way to to Gwarinpa before he or she could access network. 

One Caleb Otene who stays on Angwa Tiv near Alex Garden said it appears as though both MTN and Glo have shut down completely in Ushafa. According to him, "even the network in my village is better than this."

It was further gathered that communities in Lugbe and the Kuje area council of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT are also going through a similar network problem. Mr Anthony Agada who resides in Lugbe Abuja said, "We are having the same problem in my community here. The network is a bit stable if there is light, but once power goes off, forget it. It seems they don't have alternative power source.

Makurdi

Allnews.ng gathered that local communities and areas in the North Bank of Makurdi, Benue state capital has been experiencing a similar case. Also some parts of Wadata and Giado Villa still experience the same problem till date. 

One Dapo Anthony explained that network connections serving the neighbouring areas of the Benue State University along Gboko road has serious network issues, adding that communities close to the Air Force quarters experience the same problem. 

Allnews.ng further gathered that communities in Ogbadibo, Orokam, Owukpa, and some parts of Ikem, and Obollo Eke are experiencing connection issues and internet outages. For instance, networks in Owukpa is highly epileptics as people have to look for trees or hilly places to climb in order to access network. This, our correspondent confirmed after putting across to a community member. When he couldn't hear what our correspondent was saying, he pleaded to look for a good network place.

Allnews.ng gathered that the situation is almost the same in some parts of Ikem and Obollo Eke in Enugu State.

What is the problem?

Allnews.ng exclusively gathered from different sources that major network masts serving some areas have been abandoned and left inactive. 

Our sources revealed that most of the masts that are powered by solar energy have become inactive while those that work on gasoline and generator are not powered too. This news platform cannot authoritatively confirm if the abandonment is due to the operators' negligence or logistics related issues. But a source said most of those put in charge of those areas divert the money meant for gas and solar maintenance to their personal use.

Multiple sources, however, said the cut in networks was deliberate as the organizations were only trying to cut overhead in local communities. Our correspondent gathered that the issue became more complicated since the astronomical rice in costs of products and services. 

Meanwhile, effort to reach The Head of Media and Communications, Glo and MTN failed as all calls went unanswered. Also, text messages sent to them got no reply.

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