Tuesday, March 05, 2019

ALTON writes FG, seeks clarifications on EIA - ITREALMS

Industry body of all licensed telecommunications operators in Nigeria, the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) has written the Federal Government (FG) seeking clarifications on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), reports ITREALMS.

ALTON, a duly registered under the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria interfaces with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and other Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies on behalf of the telecommunication industry.

According to ALTON chairman, Engr. Gbenga Adebayo, they received complaints from members who are being molested with demand notices for EIA payment from the states, which he described as an aberration.

“We have received complaints from our members that they have been receiving demand notices for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) payment from some States Government Ministries of Environment, which we considered as an aberration of the existing law,” he said.

ALTON members, he told 
ITREALMS are responsible corporate citizens of the country that abide with the laws of the land, stressing that its partners in progress have directed the industry body to make clarification on some four burning issues.

ITREALMS gathered include:

“1. That the Federal Ministry of Environment has ceded the EIA oversight functions to some States Ministry of Environment to issue EIA Certification to our members.

“2. That some States Ministry of Environment as the case may be can conduct EIA process to our members without recourse to the Federal Ministry of Environment and National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA).

“3. That the Statutory responsibility on environmental issues of the Federal Ministry of Environment (FME) has been transferred to the States Government.

“4. That the States now have powers to collect ecological fund from private sector after payment has been made to them by the Federal Government,” ALTON demanded.

Further, he said they are requesting from the Federal Ministry of Environment to clarify these positions, so to guide ALTON and its membership in dealing with the situation accordingly.

Chuks Egbune/DoP

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