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Enugu laments non-payment of prescribed fees by telecoms operators

By on January 19, 2015

The Enugu state government has expressed dismay over the refusal of major telecommunication services operators in the state to pay statutory fees for the development of cell base stations despite repeated efforts by government to create a conducive environment for businesses to thrive.

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Lands and Urban Development, Geoffery Udenwani, in a statement, accused most telecommunication services operators within the State of being guilty of building cell sites without due consideration for permit and safety.

He noted that the ministry decided to go on a drive to ensure that “these haphazardly developed sites are identified and all the fees due paid to the government in so far as the sites themselves are not in a place where they are considered harmful to the populace; in this instance the cell site base station would have to be shut down and decommissioned due to overwhelming public interest