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Telecom subscribers caution against demolition of base stations

BY Udo Ibuot

THE National Association of Telecommunications Subscribers, NATCOMS, Monday, urged the Lagos State Government to stop the Urban Furniture Regulatory Unit, UFRU, of the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, from further demolition of telecommunications base transceiver stations, BTS.

NATCOMS said in a statement by its national president, Chief Deolu Ogunbanjo and national secretary Mr. Bayo Omotubora, that the activities of the agency had adversely affected the telecommunications needs of its members, stressing that the agency’s resort to self-help and unprovoked aggression was a total negation of the rule of law professed by the state government.

The association said that UFRU’s claim that it was acting to protect lives of people in the affected areas was a subterfuge, adding that its actions endangered the lives of the citizens much more than a fallen telecom BTS.

It said: “Just imagine in a moment of security challenges such as discovery of planted bomb, kidnapping, rioting, armed robbery siege, medical emergency, earth tremor, etc, when those distress calls need to be made, and the BTS are no longer there to relay the signals, the ensuing perils would be worse.”

NATCOMS noted that the installation of BTS is regulated by the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, and that there was a procedure to guarantee the safety of the infrastructure and the people living around it.


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