The Lagos State government through its Urban Furniture Regulatory Unit today commenced the regulation of telecommunication mast installations in the state.
The state Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Olutoyin Ayinde who made this known during a consultative forum with stakeholders in Ikeja said the essence of the regulation was to ensure safety of lives and property and to avoid a repeat of the February twenty-third rain storm that pulled down several masts in the state.
Ayinde explained that the ministry was not going to issue new specifications for mast installations, but would ensure strict compliance of existing specifications as released by the Nigerian Communications Commission and other regulatory bodies.
In his response, the Head of Compliance Monitoring for NCC, Ephraim Nwokonneya said the commission has introduced infrastructure sharing among telecoms operators in order to reduce the number of masts in the country that is well over 6,500 in Lagos alone.
The Association of Telecoms Company of Nigeria, the Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria, and telecoms operators as well as mast builders were present at the forum.