DOCUMENTS: Nigerian Aviation Authority Set To Demolish Globacom Masts Nationwide Over N5.9billion Debts

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has concluded plans to start out dismantling some telecommunication masts belonging to Globacom Ltd, a Global Sattelite Mobile (GSM) telecommunications supplier, in varied places throughout the nation over failure to pay N5.9billion renewal charges for peak clearance to the company.

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SaharaReporters learnt that the matter got here to a head following change of correspondence between Globacom and NCAA and scheduled conferences designed to make sure fee of the mentioned accrued charges by the telecommunication community which failed.

In a letter dated October 4, 2021, titled: “Re: Illegal Erection of High Structures and Refusal to Renew Expired Aviation Height Clearance Certificates by Globacom Limited” and addressed to the Managing Director, Globacom, obtained by SaharaReporters, it was affirmed that following the failure by Globacom to pay the the required charges amounting to N5.9 billion, the regulatory company had no alternative however to start the dismantling of the its masts throughout the nation.

“In the circumstance, having exhausted all avenues for a resolution of this matter, we are now left without choice but to apply the relevant sanctions, including the dismantling of all your non-compliant masts nationwide. And this shall be without further notice to you”, it mentioned.

The letter signed by Legal Adviser/Head, Compliance and Enforcement, Mr. Emmanuel Chukwuma, recalled that, “The meeting to discuss the above subject-matter, was fixed for September 23, 2021, at your instance.

“You may wish to recall that you had on August, 25, 2021, requested that the meeting, earlier rescheduled, at your instance, from Monday, July 26, 2021 to Thursday, August 26, 2021, be further rescheduled to Thursday, September 23, 2021, to enable your Chief Operating Officer/COO to attend.

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“It is unlucky that regardless of our concurrence to an additional rescheduling of the assembly to the requested date, and so informing you thru our letter of thirteenth September, 2021, you failed to show up for the assembly”, it said.

The letter noted that the Director-General of the NCAA had to abort an official assignment in Europe and return to Nigeria in order to be able to attend the meeting.

“Globacom solely wrote the letter underneath reference three days after, asking that the assembly be rescheduled, with none clarification for the failure of any administration workers to indicate up.

“I am directed to inform you that the NCAA is not disposed to granting this latest (fourth) request to reschedule the meeting, particularly, as no reason was given for your non-attendance on the last date.

“In the circumstance, having exhausted all avenues for a decision of this matter, we at the moment are left with out alternative however to use the related sanctions together with the dismantling of all of your non-compliant masts nationwide. And this shall be with out additional discover to you”, it said.

In an earlier communication with Globacom, NCAA listed the indebtedness of globacom to include application fee for 2006 to 2007 at N100,000 per mast, totalling N689,800,000, annual renewal fee for 2007-2022 (15years), N50,000 per mast amounting to N6,898 and inspection fee covering N6,898 masts across the nation all totalling N6,064,230,000.

SaharaReporters learnt that Globacom paid the sum of N100million on July 31, 2019 and had not made any further payment.

An earlier letter from NCCA to Global said total application fee for the period under review stood at N604,800,000 while cost of inspection amounted to N190,930,000.

The letter also stated the position of NCAA in law with regards to regulation of masts.

“Please be reminded that Section 30(3)() of the Civil Aviation Act 2006 empowers the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) by regulation to ban and regulate the set up of any construction (together with telecommunication mast), which by advantage of its ‘height or position is considered to endanger the safety of air navigation,” it said.

This is coming two years after the agency asked Globacom and other Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) operators to remove their over 7, 000 masts or risk seeing them demolished.

NCAA had claimed the masts, erected at different locations within the country close to the nation’s airports, are obstructing flight security and will trigger accidents if not eliminated.

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DOCUMENTS: Nigerian Aviation Authority Set To Demolish Globacom Masts Nationwide Over N5.9billion Debts

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