Twitter ban difficult to enforce in Nigeria – ICT experts

Does Nigeria have what it takes to enforce Federal Government’s ‘indefinite suspension’ of Twitter? Some Information and Communications Technology (ICT) experts believe it does not.

A cross section of the experts contacted on Friday said Nigeria lacks a central information dissemination system that is required to make a ban work. President, Association of Telecommunications

Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), Ikechukwu Nnamani said he received the news with shock and was trying to study the situation to determine what level of intervention is required. Nnamani who is also the Founder/CEO, Medallion Communications Limited, an interconnect clearinghouse and co-location data service company, however, hinted that the Association is already in talks with relevant government agencies to see how the issue can be resolved without any backlash.

But the immediate past President of ATCON, Olusola Teniola, said: “From the look of things, it is very clear that the government is trying to regulate the internet and social media.

“Unlike China, which is a communist country and has a central information system, this is not possible in Nigeria.

“As we speak, Twitter is still being accessed; it is not inoperative as we speak. So I think it is a mere wishful thinking on the part of government.”

Naija Exhibit

Political analyst and Writer

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