NIGERIAN Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has threatened to pull down over 7,000 telecoms masts and towers across the country over Aviation Height Clearance (AHC).
Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), has however warned that NCAA will be putting national security under threat should it go ahead with its threat.
But Sam Adurogboye, NCAA spokesman, said, that NCAA has given the operators a 30-day ultimatum to get the clearance for their masts.
He said the aviation industry regulator was compelled to recourse to this line of action because the telcos failed to obtain the statutory AHC without which the masts and towers constitute danger to safety of air navigation.
Adurogboye said under the Civil Aviation Act, 2006, Section 30(3)(1), the NCAA is empowered 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.
He said:” Furthermore, the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs) Part 18.104.22.168.3.1 stipulates that No person or organisation shall put up a structure (permanent or temporary) within the navigable airspace of Nigeria unless such a person or organisation is a holder of Aviation Height Clearance Certificate granted under this Regulation.”