Telecom operators Given Ultimatum on Installation of Masts in Nigeria
In line with its mandate of ensuring safer and environment-friendly telecommunications operations in the country, the Director General of the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency, NESREA, Dr. Ngeri Benebo has issued a 3-month ultimatum to telecommunication companies who violates environmental law by installing masts and base stations in areas that posed danger to human health, safety of property and the environment.
The DG handed down this ultimatum last week at a consultative meeting with telecommunications operators held at the NESREA headquarters in Abuja.
She noted that it has become necessary for NESREA to convene the meeting in order to find pragmatic and effective solutions to the increasing public complaints about indiscriminate installation of masts and base stations, as well as the growing concerns about the risks such acts posed to human health and the environment.
She read the riot act to the telecom operators as thus: " you are to carry out an inventory and audit of your mast/base stations nationwide within 3 months from today. I expect your submission in 12 hard and soft copies, State by State, on or before 24th May, 2010. NESREA has accredited consultants whom you can engage for this service. NESREA will review your submission and certify the masts and base stations to be environment complaints. In this way, public confidence will be restored regarding the sitting of your mats and base stations also our officers will serve as your reference and support platform. "
The meeting had in attendance representatives of MTN, Visafone, Etisalat and others.