Bill To Regulate Mounting Of Telecommunication Masts, Laying Of Fiber Optic Cables In The State Passes Second Reading At Nasarawa Assembly

The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has passed into second reading, A Bill for a Law to Make Provision for Right of Way in Nasarawa State and for Other Matters Connected There to.

Consequently, the State Lawmakers have said that the proposed law will also take into considerations the health implications and revenue benefits of the telecommunications activities in the State.

Rt. Hon. Danladi Jatau, the Speaker of the House announced the passage of the bill into second reading during the House proceedings on Tuesday (February 20, 2024) in Lafia.

He said that the bill if passed, would regulate mounting of masts and laying of fibre optic cables in the State.

The Speaker also said that the bill if passed would also generate more revenue to the coffers of the State Government.

The Speaker committed the bill to the House Committee on Information and that of Environment to work on the bill and report back to the House on February 28th, 2024.

Earlier, the Majority Leader of the House, Hon Suleiman Yakubu Azara while giving the substance of the bill said that the bill is all about giving legal permission to individuals by the government to utilize land, especially telecommunication and other MDAs to give out lands for the said purposes.

He said that it is also to regulate the right of way of investors on telecommunications.

“As this bill, if passed will also generate revenue to the State Government. It will be beneficial to the communities and the State at large,” he said.

In their contributions, Hon Daniel Ogazi, Hon Esson Mairiga, Hon Hajarat Danyaro Ibrahim, Hon Musa Ibrahim and Hon Jacob Kudu said that the bill was apt considering its importance of the society especially affected individuals, communities and the state at large.

They said that the bill if passed, would increase the Internally Generated Revenue of the State.

The House unanimously passed the bill into second reading.

The bill is also said to be a replica of the national policy on regulation of telecommunications.

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