Nigeria Crisis - ETS Situation Report #9 (Reporting Period: 1/07/17 to 31/07/17)

Highlights

  • The ETS is upgrading the security telecommunications network in Maiduguri to Digital Mobile Radio (DMR).

  • A user satisfaction survey was launched to gather feedback from humanitarians using vital communications services.

  • The ETS completed the installation of an analogue radio repeater on a Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) tower to enhance security telecommunications in Maiduguri.

  • The funding proposal submitted to the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund (NHF) to cover the deployment of services in two humanitarian hubs has been accepted.

Situation Overview

Violence in North-East Nigeria has reshaped the course of events and has caused mass displacement and at the same time restricted movement, inhibiting farming activities, disrupting food supplies and hindering access to basic services. While an increasing amount of territory in North-East Nigeria has since become accessible to humanitarian workers, the situation remains fluid and unpredictable following incidents of suicide bombings and attacks against civilians which persisted during the reporting period.

Unexpected returns to Banki and other areas from Cameroon have created further emergency because those returning are coming back to a situation of internal displacement. The management of this situation is proving challenging to the government and the humanitarian community. Freedom of movement is being limited by continued security restriction in the immediate surroundings of areas such as Banki, Pulka, Bama, Gwoza, Ngala and Damasak.