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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Lagos govt warns telcos on compliance

Remmy Nweke

THE Lagos State government has once again warned telecommunications operators over the laying of infrastructure, saying that compliance to the laws of the state, remain the only way for rewarding relationship between them.

“It is only this mutually rewarding relationship that would guarantee our pride of place as the beacon of excellence and the indisputable commercial nerve centre in the West African sub-region,” Governor Ahmed Bola Tinubu asserted.

He gave this warning at a one-day seminar on telecom investment and finance forum in Lagos, put together by the Association of Telecom Companies of Nigeria (ATCON).

In a goodwill message delivered at the occasion on Gov. Tinubu’s behalf by the Senior Special Assistant on the Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Ms Bola Banire, he implored all telecom operators in the state to ensure compliance with the laws of the government.

While promising the administration’s continuous support to provide the enabling environment for the sector, he also called on all genuine investors to take advantage of the opportunities that have been thrown up by the sector and leverage on the state government’s readiness to accommodate more investors.

He insisted that as law abiding citizens, Nigerians and investors alike should be ready to encourage investors and play according to the rules.

Further, Gov Tinubu congratulated ATCON for the forum, expressing the hope that the outcome would be of immense benefit to the entirety of Nigerians.

“I hope the ideas and opportunities that would be generated from this forum would be accessible not only to the members of ATCON and policy makers, but to all Nigerians who would find them useful,” Gov. Tinubu concluded.


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