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Banks, Globacom In Trouble As NCAA Begins Demolition of Masts

Following the expiration of its ultimatum to telecommunication firms and some financial institutions, as unveiled earlier in an exclusive report by Creekvibes magazine, to comply with the regularisation of their masts Aviation Height Clearance, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has announced that the agency will commence demolition of telecommunication masts of Globacom Nigeria Limited in different locations within Nigeria immediately.

In an official statement issued and signed by the General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA, Sam Adurogoye, the agency stated that the demolition exercise will similarly affect some banks and financial institutions which have discountenanced the Authority’s regulatory requirements on the clearance for the erection of any high structure within the navigable airspace in Nigeria.

According to NCAA, 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.

It will be recalled that, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) had earlier warned all Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) providers and telecomm operators against violation of safety regulations. A 30-day ultimatum was therefore handed down for compliance.

“This is derived from the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (NigCARS) Part 12.1.7.1.3.1 which stipulates that no person or organisation shall put up a structure (permanent or temporary) within the navigable airspace of Nigeria unless such a person or organisation is a holder of Aviation Height Clearance Certificate granted under this regulation”, NCAA stated.

It stated further that: “in line with this, the Regulatory Authority requires an Aviation Height Clearance (AHC) approval for every tower installation in the country irrespective of the height and location.

“It should therefore be noted that under the Civil Aviation Act. 2006, section 30(3) (1), the NCAA is empowered to prohibit and regulate the installation of any structure which by virtue of its height or position is considered to endanger the safety of air navigation.

“While some of the providers and operators have since commenced regularisation of their masts, others have failed to do same”, NCAA noted.

“The telecommunication operatoors and financial instutions which have not regularised their masts included: Globacom Nigeria (Glo) with 7,012 masts; United Bank of Africa (UBA) 439 masts; Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) 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”, the organisation warned.