Reps go tough on GSM masts, power transmission lines

Reps go tough on GSM masts, power transmission lines

The House of Representatives on Wednesday moved close to ensuring that erection of telecommunications mast and electricity transmission lines pass through tight regulation, by passing for second reading a bill to that effect.
At its plenary, the House passed the bill that would ensure the stricter enforcement of laws guiding the location of telecommunication masts and electricity transmission lines. Electromagnetic radiation from these lines is said to be a major cause of cancer.
The lawmakers had argued that the indiscriminate erection of these facilities close to human dwellings was of great health implications for the country.
The sponsor of the bill and leader of the debate, Kingsley Chinda (Rivers/PDP) said, “If you walk the streets of the country today, you will find several operations emitting dangerous electromagnetic substances.
“It is our responsibility as a National Assembly to make laws to protect Nigerians, it also relates to electricity poles which are located dangerously close to human habitation.”
Another member of the House, Peter Akpatason(Edo/ACN) in his contribution said the bill is “a proactive attempt to protect Nigerians from unhealthy exposure from electromagnetic substances”
Thereafter, the Deputy Speaker, Emeka Ihedioha who presided over the sitting, referred the bill to the House Committee on Science and Technology for further legislative process.