Weak telcom masts in Lagos get 15 days ultimatum
Lagos State government yesterday issued a fresh deadline to dismantle weak communications masts made of hollow-pipes, setting April 30th as ultimatum to replace them with galvanised steel masts. The state through Urban Furniture Regulatory Unit (UFRU) also warned all operators using towers and masts to comply with the Lagos State infrastructure laws, or be prepared to face the wrath of the law.
This deadline followed an early morning rainstorm last Sunday which pulled down several communication masts in various parts of Lagos metropolis.
Speaking at a press conference, UFRU’s General Manager, Mr. Joe Igbokwe said although no life was lost in the incident but buildings and cars worth billions of naira were destroyed.
Igbokwe said as a result of the destruction, the state is set to commence dismantling and evacuation of hollow-pipe masts, which have become death traps to Lagos residents.
UFRU boss listed areas mostly affected by the incident to include Gbagada, Ojuelegba, Kirikiri in Apapa, ApapaOshodi Express Way, Ilupeju, Ikorodu, Ikoyi, Surulere, and Alaba International Market. He noted that precaution is better than cure, which is why the agency is bent on dismantling masts that don’t meet up with UFRU’s standards to avoid future similar occurrence of last Sunday’s torrential rainfall.