Following the implementation of the Right of Way (RoW) by governors of Kaduna, Imo, Katsina and Plateau states, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami, has expressed delight over the strides that have been made by the governors of these states.
According to a document from the Federal Ministry of Finance and Digital Economy, the RoW charges in these states have been pegged at a maximum of N145 per linear metre or waived altogether.
The RoW charges in Kaduna state,the document said has been completely waived, while the charges in Katsina, Plateau and Imo states have been pegged at a maximum of N145 per linear metre.
It was also disclosed that on the May 20, Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo state signed Executive Order 002, significantly reducing Right of Way (RoW) of telecommunication companies in the state from N4, 500 to N145 per meter in tandem with the federal government’s policy.
The minister said the actions of the governors are commendable as they also align with the resolution of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum 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.
The minister said implementing this resolution will go a long way in implementing the national broadband plan which was launched by the President Muhammadu Buhari early this year.
He revealed that an increase in broadband access will have a positive impact on the economy of the various states as well as the entire country, explaining further that one of the key benefits is the rapid growth in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of any country that increases its broadband penetration.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how important broadband is in supporting economies around the world.
The minister therefore, congratulated and commends the governors of Kaduna, Imo, Katsina and Plateau states for these very important actions.
“We would like to encourage other governors 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 Domestic Product Gross (GDP),” he said.