Structure collapse: LASG decommissions over 95 illegally installed telecom masts, identifies 20 more to go

Embarks on audit of illegal installation, structural integrity of masts base, towers

By Olassunkanmi Akoni

Lagos State Government, through State Infrastructure Maintenance and Regulatory Agency, LASIMIRA, has decommissioned over 95 telecommunication masts, towers even as it identified 20 more for decommissioning over illegal installation and non compliant to regulatory standards.

Meantime, inorder to nip in the bud incessant building collapse and other structures, LASIMIRA has concluded arrangement to carryout comprehensive regulatory inspection and standards compliance audit of all telecommunication masts base stations, towers, and other appurtenances of telecommunications in the state.

The move which will commence any moment, it was gathered, aimed to prevent any possible loss of further life that could arise as a result of damage to structural integrity of such building(s), and eventual collapse.

General Manager of LASMIRA, Mr. Babajide Odekunle who stated this at a media briefing, weekend, said the agency had declared zero tolerance for such acts, saying any institution or individual caught would henceforth, be prosecuted.

Odekunle explained that the exercise is geared towards ensuring orderly development of urban infrastructure in the construction and operation of telecommunications infrastructure deployed by telecommunications, tower operators and mobile network operators in the state.

He stressed that the move was a fall out from the collapsed building with an illegal and unapproved roof-top Mast on Massey Street, Lagos Island about two weeks ago killing several people, saying the exercise became highly necessary to protect lives and property of residents.

 

Odekunle who reiterated the commitment of present administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to protection of lives and properties of residents, affirmed that any non-compliant installed rooftop mast and those erected on perceived defective buildings with suspicious structural integrity would be…

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