The Nigerian Communications Commission(NCC) has quashed the plan by telecommunications operators in the country to a have single or unified payment structure for getting approval for building telecoms infrastructures across the country.
The telecom operators have through their umbrella body lobbied the regulator to allow a single permit to cover all telecom infrastructure deployment and management in order to reduce fees and avoid multiple regulation from other agencies of government.
Speaking during a telecommunication forum organised by the Nigerian Bar Association in Lagos the Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Dr. Eugene Juwah said since telecoms focus more on physical infrastructure which could encroach on the responsibility of other government agencies and government at all levels, the idea may be difficult to create.
The NCC boss was represented by the Assistant Director, Legal and Regulatory department of the Commission, Mrs. Yetunde Akinloye.
Juwah’s position followed a proposal by the Association of Licenced Telecoms Operators of Nigeria, which sought a single-place approach for getting all the necessary permits for installation of telecoms towers and other infrastructures to avoid duplication of charges coming from government agencies.