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Ogun threatens to shut down telecoms masts

30 August 2013, 16:04

Lagos - The Ogun State threatened telecommunications companies it would shut down their masts it said the companies erected without approval.

The state ordered the companies to regularise such installations by late September to avoid such action.

The commissioner for urban and physical planning, Adebayo Fari, said authorities had noted with concern the prevalence of other infrastructure such as parabolic antennae which he said companies were erecting without obtaining approval.

"A responsible government cannot stand aside and allow the violation of its law to continue without taking appropriate measures to reverse it.

"The government of Ogun State is concerned about the blatant disregard of its planning regulations by cell site developers, who have not obtained the requisite permits from the Ministry of Urban and Physical Planning before installing urban furniture, including telecommunications antennae, masts and towers on lands and buildings in the state,” he said in Abeokuta.

"For the avoidance of doubt, it is illegal to erect or install masts, towers, base stations and any other structures without a permit in Ogun State.

"The Ogun Urban and Regional Planning Law, 2005 empowers the commissioner for urban and physical planning to implement the state policies on urban and regional planning, and physical development of the state, including spatial location of infrastructural facilities; issue land use clearance for all applications for physical development plans and evaluate the Environmental Impact Assessment reports, site specific to any installation, including that of telecommunication masts, towers and antennas," Abeokuta.

He advised stakeholders in the industry to regularise their installations in the state before September 20 by providing details of the installations, evidence of payment of appropriate fees, approvals obtained, details of installers and contractors as well as an inventory of installations, including generators and power inverters, among others.

Telecommunications operators have in recent weeks been at loggerheads with authorities.

A month ago, the Lagos government threatened to sanction telecommunication mast owners for allegedly not paying the appropriate levy before erecting such masts in different parts of the state.

- CAJ News



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