…as Pantami applauds governors for implementing RoW resolution
By Ibiyemi Mathew and Ogaga Ariemu
Barely a week after Ekiti state governor,Dr Kayode Fayemi signed an executive order reducing the Right of Way charges from N4, 500 to N145 per meter,the state has signed a memorandum of understanding with the O’odua Infraco Resources Limited to get a 606-km broadband infrastructure across the State.
The governor who led the state government’s team at the MoU signing at the Governor’s Office, Ado-Ekiti explained that the move was in line together with his administration’s commitment to the promotion of the knowledge economy, which is one in all the five pillars of his government’s development plan.
Recall that at a meeting of the Executive Governors of all 36 states on the 22nd of January 2020, the governors had resolved to adopt the 2013 resolutions reached by the National Economic Council (NLC) which
agreed on a maximum RoW charge of N145 per linear metre of fiber in a bid deepen broadband penetration in the country and promote a Digital Economy for a Digital Nigeria and ensure the success of the National Broadband Plan (NBP) which was launched by President Muhammadu Buhari on the 19th of March 2020.
Speaking on the decision to reduce the cost of laying fibre in Ekiti state,Fayemi said that the reduction within the cost of laying fibre within the State has already generated healthy competition within the ICT sector.
Fayemi added that a digital Infrastructure Committee, made of various relevant government institutions critical to the implementation of the project, would coordinate the broadband policy.
He said the initiative wouldn’t only turn Ekiti into a digital hub but a destination of choice for domestic and international technology companies.
As at the time of filing this report the RoW charges in Kaduna State have been completely waived, while the charges in Katsina, Plateau and Imo State have been pegged at a maximum N145 per linear metre. On the 20th of May 2020, Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State signed Executive Order No. O02, 2020, significantly reducing Right of Way (RoW) of telecommunication companies in the state from N4,500 to N145 per meter in tandem with federal government policy.
In a raaction to this move by Fayemi and some other state governors, the minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami applauded Governor Nasir El-rufai, Hope Uzodinma, Aminu Masari and Simon Lalong for implementing right of way resolution.
This was contained in the statement issued by Technical Information assistant to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Femi Adeluyi, on the 21st May, 2020 while urging other state’s governors in Nigeria to do same.
The statement reads;”The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami is delighted to hear about the strides that have been made by the Executive Governors of Kaduna, Imo, Katsina and Plateau States with respect to Right of Way (RoW) charges.
The RoW charges in these State have either been pegged at a maximum of N145 per linear metre or waived all together.
“The RoW charges in Kaduna State have been completely waived, while the charges in Katsina, Plateau and Imo State have been pegged at a maximum N145 per linear metre. On the 20th of May 2020, Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State signed Executive Order No. O02, 2020, significantly reducing Right of Way (RoW) of telecommunication companies in the state from N4,500 to N145 per meter in tandem with federal government policy.
“The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy congratulates and commends the Executive Governors of Kaduna, Imo, Katsina and Plateau states for these very important actions. We would like to encourage other Executive Govenors to do the same in order to support the development of our digital economy, facilitate digital literacy and accelerate broadband penetration across the country. This will also improve our Gross Domestic Product (GDP)”, he concluded.