Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, on Wednesday ordered the unsealing of telecom base transceiver stations (BTS), bringing back to service over 120 sites following a meeting with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in Lokoja, the state capital.
The state had shut down the BTSs following a standoff with telecom operators over revenue related contention.
NCC’s executive commissioner, Stakeholder Management, Mr. Sunday Dare, led the delegation that included officials of the affected telecom networks to the meeting which held in the governor’s office.
In attendance were IHS, MTN and ATC as well as the head of the Kogi State Inland Revenue Service and chief of staff to the governor.
Governor Bello also directed that court cases instituted by the state be withdrawn and amicable settlement reached between the Telcos and Kogi State government.
The telecom operators had last week alleged that their telecom infrastructure were sealed off by some Kogi State agencies over disputed fees and levies. The telecom operators had also alleged that the impact of the action has affected about 150 base stations which were collocated including hub sites which carry traffic of several other base stations.
They also alleged that disruption could have negative effect on quality of services in Kogi and other eight states including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) ,Abuja.
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