Enugu State Government To Dismantle Masts

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By KayCee July 14, 2014 13:20

`The Enugu State Government said it will shut down 300 illegally-developed cell site masts belonging to the major telecommunication network providers because of security concerns.
The companies are accused of owing over N700m to the state government as accumulated approval fees and penalties.
Findings further revealed that the state government, through the Commissioner for Lands and Urban Development, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ujam, had been exchanging correspondences with the affected companies over their illegal masts, since February 2013, but nothing meaningful had come out of it.
The ministry had last week sealed six cell sites in the state’s capital, with a threat to continue the act until all the 300 masts in the state were decommissioned.
Secretary to the lands commissioner, Obiora Nwankwo, said that the state government action was protected under the provision of Section 29, clause (1)-(4) of Nigerian Town and Country Planning Law 1964 and sections 3,4,28 and 30 of the Nigerian Urban Regional Planning Act, Cap. 88 of 1992.
According to him, the affected telecommunication companies had violated relevant sections of the law by not securing necessary approvals before constructing the cell sites, and by so doing, disregarded the policies of the state.
The commissioner stated that the act was a clear indication that there was no Environmental Impact Assessment, EIA, before the sites were erected, adding that they had shown disregard to their host communities.
He stated that the sites that did not follow due process of registration and would be sealed, decommissioned.
Ujam stated that the networks would be shut down, until the owners did the needful.
“They should apply formally and pay the necessary fees. Because of the security implications of embarking on full-scale sealing, we have decided to embark on gradual phasing, picking two sites from each of the companies weekly until all of them are sealed,” he said.

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KayCee
By KayCee July 14, 2014 13:20