Nigeria’s Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) has reacted with criticism after the Lagos State Government proceeded with the demolition of a telecoms mast that was still under construction in the Okota suburb of Lagos.
According to This Day, “Lagos State Government, through the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, pulled down the telecoms mast, believed to be weak in its construction, and without authorization from Urban Furniture Regulatory Unit (UFRU), a new agency established by the ministry to regulate the activities of telecoms operators and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the area of masts and towers installations.”
Chairman of ALTON, Gbenga Adebayo, said that there are plenty of other things that the Lagos government could do to improve safety, by starting with the demolition of abandoned and unused masts.
“I appreciate the fact that Lagos government is concerned about safety of people in the state, but it will be nice if the government concentrate on the demolition of abandoned and unused masts in the state that pose threat to lives and property, which do not belong to telecoms operators, rather than pulling down telecoms masts that are of good standing,” he told This Day.
Adebayo also added that ALTON will oppose the “sudden reappearance of the old Lagos State Infrastructure Maintenance and Regulatory Agency (LASIMRA), under the disguise of UFRU”. He also added that ALTON had challenged the Lagos State government in 2006, which resulted in the Lagos government being prevented from regulating telecoms mast in the state.
Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor