Published On: Tue, Apr 23rd, 2019

NCAA threatens to demolish 7,000 telecom masts

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From Suleiman Idris, Lagos

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) yesterday disclosed that over 7,000 telecommunication masts and towers belonging to  Globacom Limited and other Global System for Mobile Communications[GSM] providers  erected all over the country may soon be pulled down.

The agency said it is compelled to recourse to this line of action because the telecommunication providers have blatantly failed to obtain the statutory Aviation Height Clearance (AHC].

The firms however has 30 days ultimatum to regularise their operations with NCAA forthwith.

The General Manager, Public Relations, Mr Sam Adurogboye explained that without Aviation Height Clearance, the masts and towers constitute danger to safety of air navigation.

Meanwhile, a cross section of Nigerians who spoke to Peoples Daily in Lagos condemned the proposed plan and urged the parties to resolve the differences amicably in order to avert the untold hardship internet users will face.

Under the Civil Aviation Act, 2006, Section 30(3)(1), the NCAA is empowered to prohibit and regulate the installation of any structure which by virtue of its height or position is considered to endanger the safety of air navigation.

Furthermore, the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs) Part stipulates that No person or organisation shall put up a structure (permanent or temporary) within the navigable airspace of Nigeria unless such a person or organisation is a holder of Aviation Height Clearance Certificate granted under this Regulation.

The regulatory authority requires an Aviation Height Clearance (AHC) approval for every tower installation irrespective of the height and location.

“Contrary to the above Regulations, the promoters of GLO telecommunication and these other defaulters have failed to obtain the mandatory Aviation Height Clearance (AHC) from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) which is considered as a violation of safety Regulations.

Several letters and entreaties sent to Globacom Limited and these other GSM providers from the Authority were not responded to despite that they were duly received by the relevant executives and duly acknowledged.”NCAA said in an electronic statement.

The regulatory body added that Letters of Investigation (LOI) were written and delivered to them with no response recorded till date.

It will be recalled that at a meeting with the Director General, early this year, the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) members were candidly advised by the DG to ensure they obtain Aviation Height Clearance.










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