The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has shut down the main switch centre of Globacom Limited at Wuse 2, Abuja due to the non-payment of N4.7 billion debt.
The NCAA Director-General, Capt. Musa Nuhu, shut the switch centre, under the supervision of the Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika.
Nuhu told newsmen after locking up the tower that the facility would be switched off until the outstanding debt was paid.
He said the company had paid only N500 million out of the N5.2 billion it was owing, pointing out that the outstanding debt was N4.7 billion.
According to him, all the other telecommunications service providers are paying except Globacom, which has failed to meet up since 2007.
“My agency is under tremendous pressure by the Federal Government of Nigeria and we will do our best within the powers vested on us to make sure the debt is settled.
“The action we took is for the safety of aviation in Nigeria. As a matter of fact, any masts after a certain height, we are supposed to regulate it to ensure that it is properly covered.
“We do fly aircraft, we do fly a helicopter, and it could be drone among others things we fly. Not necessary for a regular passenger flight. Police, PHCN and all those people; they do aerial patrol all over the country.
“I am sure, you have seen their helicopters, that is why it is important for us to ensure we have all these in road map and put them in action,” he said.
Nuhu said it was the regulation of the NCAA that whoever erected the masts would pay for the process that would be carried out by the NCAA.
According to the director-general, 15 letters have been sent to Glo in the past without any tangible reply since he assumed office.
He said that generally in the past, they only paid some amount and walked away.
”Of recent, when I came, then we sat down, we have been speaking silently.
“They have paid some money but they still have almost N4.7 billion debt remaining. None of the communication services providers has that amount due for payment.
“That started in 2007. We don’t like shutting down things but we have to take this drastic action because we are having financial issues and we face pressures from different sectors of government, “ he said
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