The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) says it will commence the demolition of telecommunication masts of Globacom Nigeria Limited and others in different locations within Nigeria immediately.
A statement by the NCAA says a warning had been earlier issued to all telecomm operators against violation of safety regulations and handed them a 30-day ultimatum. 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.
The affected masts to be removed are as follows:
- Globacom Nigeria: 7,012 masts,
- United Bank of Africa: 439 masts,
- Guaranty Trust Bank: 295 masts,
- Unity Bank: 217 masts
- Sterling Bank: 159 masts
- Union Bank: 92 masts
- First City Monument Bank: 205 masts
- Fidelity Bank: 83 masts
- Access Bank: 303 masts
This brings the total number of masts to be demolished to 8,805.
Telecom operators have siad that the NCAA was trying to force new taxes on them. Exhorbitant and multiple taxes are a serious problem to business operators in Africa’s largest country.