The Nigerian Army has inaugurated internet protocol desktop telephones at the 8 Task Force Division in Northern Borno. This is to enable troops communicate with their families with ease.

Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations Department, stated this on Friday in Maiduguri.

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Nwachukwu said in a statement that the facility was inaugurated by Brigadier-General Abu Nani, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Division in Monguno.

Why internet phones?

“The essence is to alleviate the sufferings of troops. Some of them spend two to three hours travelling to Maiduguri to call their families on phone, says Col. Nwackuwu.

The telephone system comprises a Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) and a Grand Stream handset. They were installed at the headquarters of the taskforce in Monguno, in 7 Brigade Baga and also 153 Task Force Battalion in Marte.

“Each of the call centres provides five terminal points for officers and soldiers to communicate with their families from the front lines,’’ he said.

Nwachukwu said that the provision of the facility has ended troops being cut off from their families and friends.

“It has mitigated the rigour of travelling several hours by troops to Maiduguri to access telecommunication facility to communicate with their loved ones,’’ he said.