The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Department of Outdoor
Advertisement and Signage (DOAS), says the administration has lost about N500m
revenue to masts erected without approval in the territory.
The Director, Dr Babagana Adam, stated this in an interaction with journalists in
He said available records with the FCTA since inception of the department showed
that 3,050 masts in the city had no genuine approval.
The director said some companies only paid for permit, and refused to pay the
processing fee of N1.5m, and go ahead to erect their masts and towers, which he
described as an illegal arrangement.
Adam said: “We have lost about N500m revenue to illegal masts and towers in the
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“The permit for erecting a mast is N20,000, the processing fee is N1.5million. But
many don’t pay, they only pay for the permit and go ahead erecting their masts and
“We discovered this when some communities laid the complaint to the National
Assembly that the noise from the towers was affecting them and need to be
He revealed that only 320 masts and towers were certified in Abuja.
According to him, most of the mobile subscribers only apply without paying the