NCAA Begins Demolition Of Telecommunication Masts

Airline Operators Lament Failure of Security Agencies to Check Unruly PassengersThe Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has commenced demolition of 7,012 telecommunication masts belonging to Globacom Nigeria Limited in different locations within Nigeria immediately.

This is following the expiry of the 30 day ultimatum issued to telecommunications service providers by the authority.

In a statement signed by the General Manager, Public Relations, Sam Adurogboye, the demolition exercise will similarly affect some banks and financial institutions who have discountenanced the Authority’s regulatory requirements on the clearance to erect any high structure within the navigable airspace in Nigeria.

The telecommunication operators who have not regularised their masts are as Globacom Nigeria 7,012 masts, Guaranty Trust Bank 295 masts, Unity Bank 217 masts and Sterling Bank 159 masts.

Others are Union Bank 92 masts, First City Monument Bank 205 masts, Fidelity Bank 83 masts, Access Bank 303 masts and others.

According to the statement, a total of 8,805 masts belonging to the aforementioned organisations will be decommissioned forthwith.

The Regulatory Authority while explaining its action said it is left with no choice as the 30 – day ultimatum given to those telecommunication service providers has expired.

Prior to the expiration of the ultimatum, letters of reminder were written to all affected organisations to obtain Aviation Height Clearance (AHC) for their masts.

It will be recalled that, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) had earlier warned all Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) providers and telecomm operators against violation of safety regulations. A 30-day ultimatum was therefore handed down for compliance.

While some of the providers and operators have since commenced regularisation of their masts, others have failed to do same.

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) also said it will continue to apply requisite sanctions for violation of extant regulations.

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