Babajide Odekunle, general manager, Lagos State Infrastructure Maintenance and Regulatory Agency (LASMIRA), has reiterated the determination of the state to rid the metropolis of indiscriminately laid fiber optic cables, especially in gutters and on trees.
Odekunle told Information and Communications Technology Reporters in Lagos that the agency has issued series of notices to concerned operators to remove the critical telecommunications infrastructure from unauthorised Right of Way (RoW) but “they have remained defiant.”
Odekunle, who was represented by Adeyinka Adekunle, head of Commercial at LASMIRA, said that indiscriminately installation of fiber optic cables in gutters and on trees as RoW, contribute to flooding, among others in the state.
According to him, the state will do all things necessary to get off those cables as practically as possible.
He reiterated that during investigation, it was discovered that key areas such as, Saka Tinubu St., Kofo Abayomi St., Saka Tinubu/Akin Adesola St. junction, Ozumba Obamdiwe St., (junction)., Ajose Adeogun St., all on the Victoria Island, Lagos, were the worst hit by the indiscriminate installation of telecoms cables.
Some telecom operators have been accused of illegally damaging roads for laying optical fibre cables and not repairing the roads after the work.