The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has given a four-week ultimatum to owners of telecommunications masts situated at several locations across the country to dismantle them or face appropriate sanctions from the agency.
The agency said this directive had become imperative following the inherent danger posed by these structures to air navigation in the country.
NAMA said it had engaged the services of Seas Electrical and Computer Services Limited to effect the pulling down of affected structures at the expiration of the ultimatum.
The firm has been mandated not only to identify and report, but also to reduce height or dismantle as applicable.
Section 7(1) c and d of its establishment Act no.48 of 1999 is empowered NAMA to ‘prohibit and regulate the installation of any structure which by virtue of its height or position is considered to endanger the safety of air navigation” and also “prevent interference with the use or effectiveness of all apparatus used in connection with air navigation.”
The agency said in accordance with the Act, any person or organisation intending to erect telecommunication masts, hoist balloons, construct hangers or other high-rise structures within the Nigerian Airspace is required to obtain Aviation Height Clearance Certification/No Objection from NAMA before commencement.