Weak tel­com masts in La­gos get 15 days ul­ti­ma­tum

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Nahimah Ajikanle Nu­rudeen, La­gos

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.

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