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Gamtel threatens legal action against vandals

Jun 24, 2020, 1:28 PM

The Gambia Telecommunications Company, (GAMTEL) has threatened to pursue the arrest and charge anyone engaged in the destruction, vandalism and sabotage of its copper and fiber optic cables.

Gamtel said it has come to their attention that certain individuals have resorted to the unscrupulous and vandalising act of cutting the company’s underground and overhead copper and fiber optic cables just to sobatage, causing disruption affecting its customers and communities.  

According to the press statement issued by the office of PRO, these acts are a blatant and calculated destruction of the company’s telecommunications infrastructure. 

The unpleasant acts of sabotage, they went on are not only affecting the operations and service delivery of the company but  are also destroying the good corporate images of the company and customer retention resulting in financial implications.   

“These wanton acts of destruction were seen to be on the increase in the Greater Banjul Area impacting service delivery and revenue gains,” the release stated.

As a result of the recurring practice, GAMTEL in collaboration with the Ministry of Information and Communications Infrastructure (MOICI), the Gambia Police Force and The State Intelligence Services (SIS) set up a Task Force to fully look into the menace and find a lasting solution. 

“The Police and other security forces have been given the authority to stop, arrest and charge anyone engaging in these acts,” the release further stated.

 “As a state owned enterprise, GAMTEL seeks the support and assistance of the community, while soliciting the cooperation of the public to report any individual or group suspected or found vandalising the company’s network infrastructure,” the release concludes.

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