By Bukola Olanrewaju
Stakeholders in the IT sectors have called for governmental support on infrastructure deployment.
This assertion was made in Lagos at the Nigeria com event themed “Leading Economic Resurgence through ICT Innovation”.
According to the chairman, Association of Licensed Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ALTON), Engr. Gbenga Adebayo, impediments to infrastructure deployment have continued to hinder ICT growth in the country.
“Although there had been rapid growth in telecommunications in the past 16 years, building of infrastructures is one of the major problem.
“It is bad that government tend to be disturbing ICT growth in their various states by charging exorbitant rates for right of ways, now the locals tend to be restricting them by requesting for money.
“We can only talk about high speed and access when there are existing laid infrastructures.
He however advocated for change in Governmental perception of the ICT sectors.
“Let the government focus on the long term benefit of telecommunications sector to their states rather than short term.
“All element of hindrances to ICT deployment should be eliminated.
Speaking on this, the Chief Executive Officer, IxPN, Mr Muhammad Rudman stated that implementation of policies is another impediment to ICT growth.
“The highest authority in the country must key into policies implementation. We don’t have the culture of monitoring and following through with policies even though the policies are excellently crafted.
“we can’t just be changing policies. Changing of policies make Nigeria lose lot of foreign investors.
On his part, General Manager, Information Technology and Billing, Swift Networks Mr, Ikem Emelieze posited that providing a flat price for Right of Way would be more preferable.
“Spending a lot of time on the basis is damaging and depressing. The world is moving faster and we are way behind”, Emelieze noted.