Nigerian Government To Demolish Globacom Masts Nationwide Over N5.9bn Debts

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has decided to start demolishing telecommunication masts owned by Globacom Ltd, a Global Sattelite Mobile (GSM) telecommunications provider. 

The company failed to pay the agency N5.9 billion in height clearance renewal fees. 

According to sources, the development resulted from a presidential directive directing some of the presidency's departments and parastatals to pursue creditors and defaulters.

In an earlier communication with Globacom, NCAA listed Globacom's debt to include the application fee for 2006 to 2007 at N100,000 per mast, totaling N689,800,000, the annual renewal fee for 2007-2022 (15 years), N50,000 per mast, totaling N6,898, and the inspection fee covering N6,898 masts across the country, totaling N6,064,230,000. 

"It is unfortunate that, despite our agreement to a further rescheduling of the meeting to the requested date, and so informing you through our letter dated September 13th, 2021," it said.

"Please be reminded that Section 30(3)() of the Civil Aviation Act 2006 empowers the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) by law to prohibit and regulate the installation of any structure (including telecommunication mast) that by virtue of its 'height or position is considered to endanger the safety of air navigation," it said.


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