Communications Ministry, Lagos Government Sign Agreement On Installation of Base Stations
(AllAfrica Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) The Federal Ministry of Communications Technology, Lagos State Government, and the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) have signed an agreement, a statement said.
The statement was signed by Efem Nkanga, Senior Assistant on Media to the Minister of Communications Technology.
The agreement focused on the removal of constraints in installation, roll-out and deployment of base stations in Lagos State.
The statement said the agreement was signed after a closed-door meeting between Omobola Johnson, the Minister of Communications Technology; Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola; and some officials of ALTON.
It said the meeting addressed issues of taxes, levies, decommissioned sites and Right of Way fees militating against quality of service in the state.
It said that ATCON members who attended the meeting, expressed concern that these issues were making it difficult for operators to roll out the much needed ICT infrastructure in Lagos State.
Responding to their complaints, Mr. Fashola said good infrastructure roll-out and deployment was in the best interest of residents of the state.
He, however, stated that though the state needed ICT infrastructure, it would not be at the expense of the roads in the state or the lives of the people.
"Infrastructure must be built to very high standards; for example, masts must be built with galvanised steel and not hollow pipes to prevent them from collapsing," he said.
Mr. Fashola urged the operators to submit their annual infrastructure plans to the government to allow for proper planning on both sides.
The statement quoted Ms. Johnson as commending the Lagos State Government for leading the way in removing obstacles to the deployment of telecommunications infrastructure.
She expressed optimism that other states in the country would follow suit in making telecommunications and broadband infrastructure easily available to consumers.
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