There are indications that the 47 telecom base stations under lock and key in Ogun state over alleged breaches may soon be released to their respective owners as outstanding issues, which have since kept them under seal, have been successfully resolved.
The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Professor Umar Danbatta, after a visit to the Ogun state governor, Ibikunle Amosun, recently, disclosed that the development would positively impact on the access to telecommunication services in the state.
According to Danbatta “We have also succeeded in resolving a contentious matter leading to sealing of 47 base transceiver stations in Ogun State. These are going to be unsealed immediately. And this would enhance the challenge we have of providing telecom access in the state”.
Danbatta also expressed satisfaction with the assurances given by the governor in tackling the concerns of multiple taxations and right of way, which are among the non-technical factors conspiring to degrade quality of telecommunication services in the country.
“The assurances given by Gov Amosun, is to ensure adherence to resolution of the National Economic Council on multiple taxation. We have heard him. Something is going to happen. There’s lot of excitement for infrastructure deployment in Ogun State,” he said.
Danbatta, EVC NCCEarlier, Danbatta had urged the governor to enlist his colleagues’ supports to ensure adherence to the provisions of NEC’s resolution, which takes care of the concerns of multiple taxations and Right of Way, among others.
“Indeed, Your Excellency, the resolution of the NEC of March 21, 2013 properly addressed the problems of multiple taxation, levies and charges on ICT infrastructure with a view to providing a lasting solution. Incidentally, these resolutions are largely honoured more in the breach than in their observance hence the precarious situations have not changed,” he explained.
Responding, Governor Amosun commended Danbatta for giant strides, since assuming the leadership of the commission.
The governor also stressed the significance of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for the development of the country, saying that his administration will key into these developments for the benefit of the citizenry.