Telecommunication Industries have been urged to extend their services to some parts of Kogi Local Government Area which are currently cut off from the society due to absence of transmission signals.
The Administrator of Kogi Local Government Area, Alhaji Mohammed Tanko made the appeal while speaking with newsmen in Lokoja.
Alhaji Tanko said some communities in Kogi Local Government Area are facing series of challenges occasioned by absence of services by telecom industries.
He explained that he had personally lodged complain at the offices of both Glo Mobile and MTN to draw their attention to the situation adding that nothing has been done so far.
According to him, people usually travelled long distances to areas where they can access signals, emphasising that businesses and other economic activities are paralyzed due to absence of network.
His words ” The situation is so phathetic, I had made several trips to major service providers both in Lokoja and Abuja to lodge complain on the need to extend services to Osuku community and beyond.
“Imagine travelling up to forty minutes to access service signals. It is so pathetic, as I am here now, I would have missed several calls, several engagement that can benefit me and my people. I’m talking of over two million people.
“Even the issue of security which is the
paramount role of government is being threatened, as well as health issues.
“If Glo mobile, MTN and other service providers are conscious of business, I think they have a virgin land where businesses would thrive”, the council boss said.
Similarly, Mrs Rabi Saliu who is a resident of Ogbendu community said the frustration experienced by the people due to absence of network is indescribable.
She explained that students and researchers who need to explore internet usually travelled and slept overnight in areas where they can access it.
According to her, communities such as Ohuma, Onzo, Gwazaki, Lakwo, Gbongboro, Ambiriki, Osuku dudu, Okete, Achara and other neighborhring communities are affected.