Nigeria: Agency Seals Airtel Base in Nasarawa

Telecoms

The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) yesterday sealed off a base station in Tundun Amba area of Lafia, Nasarawa State over environmental violations after pre-sanction notice.

Alhaji Abdusalami Issah, the NESREA State Coordinator, who represented the Director-General/CEO of the agency, Dr Ngeri S. Benebo, said the action of the company was in breach of Section 5 (4) of the Telecommunication and Broadcast facilities Regulations 2011 which provides 10 meters setback for new mast to residential buildings.

Issah said that the operators of the base station had failed to provide their site-specific Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Certificate when asked to do so, and also fail to respond to an earlier letter written to them by NESREA before the construction with regards to the wrong citing of the mast. "They boldly went ahead as if there were no laws in this country", said the team leader. "People should think more of the health implications of this poorly erected mast", he added.