By Idris Bakare
The Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), has condemned the Agency and State Government on the recent hike in the cost of Right of Way (RoW).
In a statement, the President of ATCON, Mr. Olusola Teniola explained that the unnecessary move by state government to increase the cost of RoW will surely counterproductive and slow down broadband development in the States.
He said that ATCON is always ready to work with various State Governments and agency in providing an enabling environment for establishment of more Telecom and ICT companies but the recent hike in RoW does not augur well with the association because it will slow down development in the States.
Speaking further, Teniola listed reason why it’s association have advance to justify his position in increase in cost of RoW.
He said the association members are principally Telecom and ICT companies who rely on state government and it’s agency to make policy that promote further investment which would lead to building more Telecom infrastructure that are needed by citizenry but with the recent increament of RoW, the aim might be difficult to achieve.
Teniola stressed that the association is aware that the State governments are passionate about the level of employment in the state, but with friendly business environment for telecom Companies, all these goals can be achieved on the condition that the RoW charge is not inimical to the spread of broadband infrastructure development.
According to him, “our members which are principally telecom and ICT Companies rely heavily on the State governments and its agencies to make policies that promote further investment which would lead to building more telecom infrastructures that are needed by the citizenry, governance and businesses to deliver hitch free broadband services but with the recent upward review of the RoW, this might be difficult to achieve. We therefore appeal for a reversal of the cost back to what is being charged before.
“Our Association is aware that the state governments are passionate about improving life expectancy, literacy, increase level of employment in their respective States. With friendly business environment for telecom Companies, all these goals can be achieved on the condition that the RoW charge is not inimical to the spread of broadband infrastructure development.” He said.
Teniola also said that the association would continue to engage the state government in any of their activities as to contribute their quote to the development of the States.
“The Association, having justified our points for the reversal of the cost of RoW recently hiked by some state agencies, would continue to engage the state governments as we remain committed to contributing our quota to the development of the States.”