Abuja - The National Environmental Standards and Regulatory Enforcement Agency (NESREA) says it has sealed 22 base stations nationwide for flouting environmental laws.
Mr Sule Oyofo, Chief Press Secretary of the agency, made the clarification in Abuja while reacting to the allegations leveled against NESREA by the National Communication Commission (NCC).
The NCC earlier accused NESREA of shutting down 52 base stations of various telecom operators, truncating smooth operations by the affected service providers.
Oyofo said that the agency did not shut down any telecom base station for the purpose of truncating its operation.
He explained that various base stations had been sealed up due to the violation of environmental laws in setting up those base stations.
According to him, most base stations were sited indiscriminately, close to residential areas without regards to environmental health hazards of those living around those places.
``Their actions have demonstrated utter disregard to extant environmental laws and regulations in which public complains on them remained unabated.’’
Oyofo said there were court cases going on in respect to 20 base stations which represented 1 per cent of the total base stations in Nigeria.
He said the agency would not be deterred by any mischief by any agency, as NESREA would continue to carry out its legitimate duty without any recourse to blackmail.
Oyofo also told NAN that the Gilmor Construction Company, which NESREA shut down its offices in Abuja, had paid its fine of N1 million.
NESREA earlier shut down Gilmor offices for its refusal to present its Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) certificate for verification.
He advised those companies which remained adamant to the NESREA’s request to respond so as to avoid public embarrassment.
He said the EIA was not restricted to only private companies, adding that even public organisations were not left out in the enforcement.