Posts on Jan 1970

INDUSTRY POSITION ON THE PROPOSED ALTERNATIVE EIA PROCESS

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is globally recognized as one of the key instruments for ensuring sustainable development. EIA ensures advance consideration of and proactive planning for health, safety, environmental and socio-economic issues associated with a project and ensures there is a balance between development and the environment.

EIA for telecom projects in Nigeria is mandatory and required to be site specific. Telecom infrastructure, specifically Base Transceiver Stations require rapid roll-out; unfortunately the process and timeline associated with the current EIA process do not support operator’s roll out objectives. In view of the identified challenges and the on-going review of existing EIA Act of 1992; Emerging Markets Telecommunication Services Ltd. ‘Etisalat’, identified an opportunity to improve the EIA process for telecom projects and put forward an ‘Alternative EIA Process’ for Telecoms Infrastructure Projects for consideration by the NCC & Federal Min of Environment.

The proposed Alternative EIA Process was developed to fully align with the Draft EIA Act put together by the FMEnv. The proposal is based on the following:

  1. Review of experiences under the existing EIA Act
  2. Review of current EIA Approval Process
  3. Review of EIA process in other jurisdictions
  4. Understanding of potential E&S footprints of Telecom Infrastructure Projects

ALTON Letter to the EVC on Alternative EIA Process for Telecom Infrastructure May 2016F

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FEDERAL COMPETITION COMMISSION ESTABLISHMENT BILL & CPC REPEAL/COMPETITION COMMISSION AND CPC TRIBUNAL ESTABLISMENT BILL

The Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria is a body corporate, duly registered under the laws of Federal Republic of Nigeria as an Incorporated Trustee, and officially recognized by the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Nigerian Communications Commission as the official industry body for all licensed providers of telecommunications and subsidiary services in Nigeria.

The major objectives of the Association is to foster inter-network cooperation and industry harmony amongst all the operators and the regulator in the country, as well as provide a platform for industry/stakeholders interaction and collaboration for the advancement of the Nigerian telecommunications market. The Association is committed to enhancing growth in the Nigerian ICT sector, whilst ensuring a healthy balance between market growth/profitability for the operators and efficient/affordable service delivery to the subscribers.

We recently received an invitation for a public hearing to hold in the House of Assembly on Tuesday the 31st of May 2016, on two Bills on Competition and Antitrust.

 

The two Bills are as follows:

  1. (1)  “A Bill for an Act to Establish the Federal Competition Commission and for purposes connected therewith” *HB15.06.01+ (HB01) sponsored by Hon. Yakubu Dogara
  2. (2)  “A Bill for an Act to repeal the Consumer Protection Commission Act, Cap L25, LFN, 2004; Establish the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission and Competition and Consumer Protection Tribunal for the development and promotion of fair, efficient and competitive markets in Nigerian economy, facilitate access by all citizens to safe products, secure the protection of rights for all consumers in Nigeria” HB15.07.60] (HB60) sponsored by Hon Uzoma Nkem-Abonta.
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