By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN CITYâ€”AS EdoÂ State Government intensifies its demolition exercise in Benin City, the state Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Housing, Comrade Didi Adodo, has informed management of Globacom of its violation of the operative technical specifications by erecting its masts in unapproved areas in the city.
It, therefore, declared that some of the masts may be pulled down, as they were erected in areas specified for residential buildings in the city.
The declaration was in reaction to a petition by the Association of Landlords in the state that Globacom erected its masts wrongly, especially in areas like Ugbighoko quarters and Upper Sakpoba areas.
The petitioners complained that the installed generators that provides power for the masts produce noise and poisonous fumes which, according to them, was poisonous and dangerous to health.
However, in a letter signed by one Mr S.O.Olayemi, on behalf of the commissioner, with reference number TP.560/13A, addressed to the MD/CEO (project) of Globacom, the state government urged the company to â€œspeedily redress the nuisance constituted by the masts erected on the sitesâ€.
â€œ We have observed that the erected Glo mast was erected without approval from the Ministry which was a total violation of the law.
â€œ Therefore, we urge the Regional Manager in Benin City to effect the necessary remedial action or the entire mast will be pulled downâ€ it stated.
It would be recalled that corporate organizations in the state, such as the Central Bank and others banks, have suffered some damage to their property recently as a result of the on-going demolition of illegal structures in the city by the state government.