Ghana ministry orders cellcos to obtain permits for telecom masts

15 Jun 2009

According to an unconfirmed report from, Ghana’s Ministry of Environment Science and Technology (MEST) has ordered all the country’s mobile network operators to obtain the necessary environmental permits before installing telecoms masts. The Minister, Ms Sherry Aryittey, is quoted as saying that each company is expected to complete an environmental assessment registration form and submit it to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as well as a site plan duly signed by a licensed surveyor, block plan, evidence of neighbourhood consultation and a lease agreement. In a statement released last Saturday, the Ministry said the new directive was needed because its investigations found that most installations were being carried out without the requisite permit from the EPA, leading to health and safety concerns over potential public health risks.