By Hugo Odiogor
The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission Engr. Eugene Ikemefuna Juwah has emphasized the need for cooperation among all the regulatory agencies in the country to ensure interest of government and business operators are not jeopardised.
Engr. Juwah who was a guest to Corporate Vanguard recently said the NCC is the agency that is charged with ensuring that environmental standards are maintained in the setting of masts at base stations.
He said that “by law, the operators should carry out the environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), whenever they want to build their base stations, which is done in conjunction with the environmental agencies concerned. However, we actually should be the organ that should set this standards because we regulate the telecom industry”.
There have been issues between telecom operators and NESRA over violation of environmental standards in setting up of telecom masts at base stations Engr Juwah said “I know there was a time when telecom operators were having issues of Environment regulators over the masts at base stations, We are supposed to be the one to give them this standards. We know base stations. We know if they are radiating bad waves and by law, we are authorised to define this standards. There are issues that we will continue to dialogue with our sister agencies. We have been talking and dialoguing with them. We give them this standards. We can go as far as measuring this standards for every base station in this country and certifying it for them”.