[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) says that it is concerned about the unabated acts of vandalism that continues to affect its distribution of telecommunication services to the Guyanese public.
In a press statement, the company said that within recent months, the national telecommunications network has been repeatedly vandalized.
“This deliberate, mindless destruction of, or damage to, the country’s telecommunications facilities is not new. But, in recent months it has spiralled out of control. For the year to date, we have recorded 52 acts of vandalism in communities from East Berbice to Linden,” the release stated.
According to GT&T this state of affairs is unacceptable and unsustainable noting that thus far vandalism has proven to be an agent of retrogress in the Guyanese society.
“We have done everything in our power to protect the network and in the process we have received continued support from the Guyana Police Force. Now, we need the support of the Government, the regulatory agencies and the entire populace. We are appealing to individuals and institutions to partner with us in the protection of the national telecommunications network. Observe what is happening in your neighbourhood or community; call us on 0908 to report suspicious activities directed at the network; in short, act as our eyes and ears,” the telecoms giant lamented.
It was noted too that the cumulative effect of these acts have been the “disruption of the lives and livelihoods of thousands of households and businesses; the threat posed to personal and national security; the unplanned expenditure of millions of dollars by the company in civil works, repairs and service restoration; the diversion of materials and personnel from routine activities to address emergencies; and the loss of millions in revenues consequent upon the cessation of telecommunications traffic.”
GT&T said too that the network facilities that serve homes or business may be targeted next, so it cannot be wise to see something and not say something. It cannot be sufficient to simply press the company to expedite repairs and service restoration after the fact.
“Remember too that any information you share with us will be treated with the strictest confidence and that GT&T will offer a meaningful reward to anyone who provides information that leads to the apprehension of vandals and their prosecution,” the release stated.