NCAA set to demolish 8805 telecom masts

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Mike Adenuga, Chairman, Globalcom

…Globalcom, UBA, others affected

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) says it will immediately commence demolition of 8,805 telecommunication masts of Globalcom Nigeria Limited and some banks including United Bank for Africa (UBA), Guaranty Trust Bank, Unity Bank and Sterling Bank.  Other banks are Union Bank, First City Monument, Fidelity Bank and Access Bank.

This was made known to PortNews in Lagos by Mr. Sam Adurogboye, General Manager, Public Relations of NCAA.

Adurogboye noted that NCAA had given a 30-day ultimatum to the affected companies to register their masts in compliance with NCAA’s Aviation Height Clearance (AHC) regulations but failed to comply.

He maintained that since the ultimatum expired NCAA had to take action in accordance with the law, hence the demolition.

According to Adurogboye, ‘’The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) will commence demolition of telecommunication masts of Globacom Nigeria Limited in different locations within Nigeria immediately.

‘’This 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 regulatory authority 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,’’ said Adurogboye.

On the number of telecom masts the affected companies would lose, the NCAA image maker has this to say: ‘’The telecommunication operators who have not regularised their masts are as follows – Globacom Nigeria 7,012 masts, United Bank of Africa 439 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 and Access Bank 303 masts.

‘’Therefore, a total of 8,805 masts belonging to the aforementioned organisations will be decommissioned forthwith.’’

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