The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday ordered MTN Group Limited and Airtel Nigeria to remove telecommunications mast mounted at No. 20, Oke-Agbe Street, Garki, Abuja.
The Senate ordered removal of the telecoms mast for allegedly emitting unbearable noise and causing discomfort to residents of the area.
The order followed a report of the Joint Committee on Communications and Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions by Senator Oluremi Tinubu and Senator Ayo Akinyelure.
Senator Tinubu moved that the Senate do receive and consider the report of the Joint Committee in respect of petition by one Alhaji Bashir Abdullahi and five (5) others.
Senator Nora Daduut seconded the motion for presentation of the report before Senator Tinubu laid and presented the report.
The Committee recommends that the safety of human lives should be of primary consideration and cannot be compromised.
The mast at No 20, Oke-Agbe Street, Garki, Abuja, should be removed and be relocated to a safer and more environmental friendly site.
I move that the Senate do approve the recommendations of the Joint Committees,” Senator Tinubu stated while presenting the report.
In supporting the substance of the report, Senator Barau Jibrin said:
Mr. President, permit me to commend the joint committee on communications, Ethics, privileges and public petitions for a job well done. We need to protect our citizens from the operators of these telecommunications mast.
These masts are everywhere not only in Abuja and it is not good for our people. It should be a wakeup call to stop what they are doing. I urge my colleagues to lend their voices to the recommendations of this committee.
In his contribution to the debate of the report, Senator Adamu Aliero said:
I want to commend the Committee for a job well done and this should be extended to mast erected in residential areas. I support the recommendations of the committee and we should do all we can to protect the health of our citizens.
Following debate on the report, the Senate approved the recommendations of the report of the Joint Committees and ordered the mast be removed.