October 31, 2020

The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami has expressed satisfaction about the crash in charges of the Right of Way(RoW) from N5,500 per linear metre to N1 per kilometre of fibre in Kwara State and from N600 per linear metre to N0 in Anambra State.

Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami

The Minister in a Statement made available to TnTv Network by the Technical Assistant Information Technology to the
Honourable Minister, Dr Femi Adeluyi commending Governors Abdulrahman and Obiano have positioned their States to embrace the Digital Economy.

Committed to paving way for Right of Way, the Executive Governor of Kwara State noted that the reduction was “designed to deepen digital penetration in Kwara State, improve the state’s ease of doing business ratings, and ease people’s access to the Internet and other digital communication, especially the remote parts of the state”.

The statement by Anambra State government noted that “the removal of the Right of Way charges by Anambra State is the first step to a digital economy that welcomes key stakeholders, investors, innovators, educators, and businesses to The Light of the Nation. It is also aligned with the resolution of the Nigerian Governors’ forum of January 2020 and the launching of the National Broadband Plan by Mr. President in March 2020.”

Governor Kwara State Abdulrahman Abdulrazak

According to the Minister;

“The actions of Governors Abdulrahman and Obiano in crashing the Right of Way charges are indeed timely and truly commendable. They align with the resolution of the meeting between the Honourable Minister and the State Governors under the auspices of the Governors’ Forum on the 22nd of January 2020 to address the lingering issue of Right of Way (RoW) charges in a bid to deepen broadband penetration in the country and promote a Digital Economy for a Digital Nigeria.

Governor Anambra State Governor Williams Obiano

Implementing this resolution will go a long way in supporting the execution of the National Broadband Plan (NBP) which was launched by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, on the 19th of March 2020.

An increase in broadband access will have a positive impact on the economy of the various States as well as the entire country. One of the key benefits is the rapid growth in the gross domestic product (GDP) of any country that increases its broadband penetration. The negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has accentuated the importance of broadband in supporting economies around the world.” He stated…

Recall that the Dr Pantami also expressed his delight to hear about the Executive Order No. 007 of 2020 on Right of Way Charges on Telecommunications Infrastructure that was signed by the Executive Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, CON, on the 12th of May, 2020.

He said the action of providing a policy backing to the Right of Way charges is truly commendable. It is also in consonance with the resolution of the State Governors under the auspices of the Governors’ Forum on the 22nd of January 2020 to address the lingering issue of Right of Way (RoW) charges in a bid to deepen broadband penetration in the country and promote a Digital Economy for a Digital Nigeria.

Dr Pantami again congratulates and commends the Executive Governors of Kwara and Anambra States for making this important decision.

The Minister however encouraged all other Executive Governors to emulate this action in order to accelerate broadband penetration across the country.

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