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FCTA loses N500m revenue to illegal masts – Director

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FAVOUR ISHEMBER, Abuja

 

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Department of Outdoor Advertisement and Signage (DOAS), has revealed that the administration lost about N500m in revenue to erecting masts without approval in the territory.

The Director, Dr. Babagana Adam who stated this in an interaction with some Journalists in Abuja, Thursday, said available records with the FCT administration since the inception of the department, showed that three thousand and fifty masts in the city had no genuine approval.

 

Babagana said some companies only paid for the permit and refused to pay the processing fee of one million five hundred thousand nairas and go ahead erecting their masts and towers, which he described as an illegal arrangement.

In his words: “We have lost about five million nairas in revenue to illegal masts and towers in the territory.

 

“The permit for erecting a mast is N20,000, the processing fee is one million five hundred thousand nairas. But many don’t pay, they only pay for the permit and go ahead erecting their masts and towers.

 

“We discovered this when some communities laid the complain to National Assembly, that the noise from the towers was affecting them, and needed to be addressed”.

 

He hinted that in the whole of the Nation’s Capital, only three hundred and twenty masts and towers had certified approval.

 

According to him, most of the mobile subscribers only apply without paying the requisite dues.

 

On measures to be taken against the illegal masts, Babagana said necessary steps are taken to ensure that the enforcement didn’t violate human rights.

 

 

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