Lagos State Government says it has started a sweeping dismantling of “abandoned and substandard masts” across the state.
Mrs Olayemi Oni, General Manager at Lagos State Infrastructure Maintenance and Regulatory Agency (LASIMRA) disclosed this while giving a progress report of the agency in Alausa, Lagos. The agency aims to reach out to organizations and property owners to ensure they comply with the new standards, Oni says.
“LASIMRA aims to work towards ensuring compliance with environmental and safety rules and generating an up to date database of telecommunication companies and facilities for the overall well being of residents “, according to the LASIMRA GM.
She explained that the agency was interacting with and also offering necessary advice to various communications industry stakeholders and firms, who have telecoms assets and facilities that required supervision.
” The hollow masts being phased out were substandard and the ones that were susceptible to falling off easiest, and causing various degrees of accidents that could compromise the safety of residents”, she adds.
The State gave time to some companies who wrote for extension of time to replace the masts with the recommended hot galvanized steel masts as 16 of the hollow masts have been removed by the State government, LASIMRA says.
“We are targeting the hollow masts, there is particular specification that Lagos State has given, the enforcement is on and several organizations are complying”, Oni says.
The ongoing projects by the agency include network audit of underground utilities, enumeration, site inspection and standard compliance of surface communications infrastructure, among others.
LASIMRA is the agency saddled with the responsibility of regulating utility infrastructure in public space in Lagos.