Zamfara State residents looking forward to the expiration of the two weeks telecoms service shutdown will have to endure a tortuous, indefinite wait, as the pangs of network blackout continue to bite harder across all segments of the economy.
The total shutdown of telecommunications services was announced on September 3 and was supposed to last two weeks. Now on its 25th day, feelers from government circles have revealed that the shutdown may be indefinite for now, as the Federal Government says it wants to consolidate on grounds covered so far, and ensure a total crackdown on bandits in the state and neighbouring communities.
Residents are however decrying the disruption the shutdown is causing them. According them, the situation has grounded the economy, with prices of food items now far above 100 per cent for the few ones that are available, while some are already out of reach.
They also complain of not getting access to bank’s Automated Teller Machines, ATMs, while many residents have lost their means of income since the mobile phone services were shut down.