Environmental Hazard: Kwara House of Assembly Summon MTN
Kwara State House of Assembly has called on the mobile telecommunication network provider, MTN to appear before its committee on Public Petition over alleged wrong installation of its mast at Budo Egba, Judges Quarters’ road Tanke Ilorin, allegedly causing environmental hazards in the area.
The Summon followed a complaint by a resident, Chief Oladele Olanrewaju, through his lawyer, Barrister Teju Oguntoye on 13th February, 2017.
The Chairman of the Committee, Hon Adebayo Mohammed who presided over the weekend’s sitting expressed displeasure over the non appearance of the MTN at its sitting, in spite of the house’s formal invitation dated 17th February, 2017.
The chairman who said the house would give fair hearing to all parties concern, before taking definite position, urged MTN and other stakeholders to attend the rescheduled meeting on Friday, 3rd March, 2017.
In their remarks, members representing Kaiama/ Kemanji/Wajibe, Afon and Irepodun Constituencies Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed, Hon. Mobolaji Amosa and Hon.Olaitan Babaoye respectively described legislature as the house of record, adding that it might be compelled to use its constitutional power on MTN, if it fails to appear before the house, next week.
Also speaking, the State Coordinator of the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency, Mr. Enennaene Martins enumerated the statutory functions of its organization towards safeguarding the health and property of the people.
Martins, who praised the house for its prompt response towards addressing the yearnings of the people, assured that the NESREA would collaborate with the House to ensure a save environment.
Petitioner Olanrewaju through his lawyer, Barrister Teju Oguntoye praised the prompt response of the house to the Petition, saying that the legislature had truly demonstrated its duty as Peoples’ Assembly.