FED. GOVT. AGENCY DECLARES WAR ON TELECOM COMPANIES

NESREA DG

The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) may have declared a war of attrition on telecommunication companies that are known to have scant regard for Nigeria’s environmental upkeep.

As of last count, two chief executives of the GSM providing companies operating in the country have been drag before the court of law to answer charged that borders on criminal breaches.

In one of the cases, the Agency took the action owing to the company’s failure to produce the Environmental Impact Assessment Act Cap E12 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria. In furtherance of the sanction against the GSM service providing company, the base station belonging to the company in Kubwa, Abuja, was shut down on 11 February and criminal charges filed against the company at the Federal High Court, Abuja.

In the second case, a GSM telecom services providing giant has been dragged before a Federal High Court in Enugu on criminal charges of polluting drinking wells at Nkpologwu district at Emene, Enugu as a result of used diesel from its base station draining and seeping into people’s wells, contrary to extant laws and regulations.