The decisions by some leaders of governments at the sub-national level in Nigeria to implement the harmonized and approved Right of Way(RoW) charges payable by telecommunications companies have received commendation from the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria(ATCON).
ATCON information sent to Business Remarks signed by its Executive Secretary, Ajibola Olude, says the organization “ is pleased to commend the recent pragmatic Executive Orders issued by Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Executive Governor, Ekiti State and Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Senator Hope Odidika Uzodinma, Executive Governor, Imo State and their respective State House of Assemblies for the implementation of the approved RoW price from a very exorbitant price to an industry and investment friendly price of N145 per linear meter approved by the Federal Government.
Olude said ATCON also appreciated these states for considering its letter, which was sent to them in the beginning of the year, recommending that telecommunications and ICT infrastructure must be seen and treated as a component of development in their respective states.
According to the ATCON Executive Secretary, with this move by the governors, their leadership had attested to the fact that the socio-economic development of their respective states was not mutually exclusive to broadband and ICT infrastructure development, which had been one of the basis of ATCON’s advocacy initiatives.
According to Olude, some of the benefits that are accruable to states that adopted and implemented the harmonized Right-of-Way (RoW) price are as follow:
Unlocking of the inherent digital potential of these states-: these States are set to enjoy and maximize the opportunity that pervasive broadband penetration can offer as the people of these States can now leverage on uninterrupted telecommunications services which they have not been enjoying before now. The reason for this is that telecom infrastructure would give them the opportunity to express their gifts and talents.
Fast-paced of development enabled by robust Telecom and ICT Infrastructure-: the direct multiplier effect of this pragmatic executive order is that these States will experience a noticeable development both in the private and public sector which is expected to push the revenue of these states forward and it will also make companies that do not have presence in these states to consider opening a branch in the state which will lead to employment generation thereby reducing rural-urban migration.
Commented he: “We use this opportunity to advise those States that have not implemented the approved and harmonized Right-of-Way price of N145 per liner meter, to take a clue from these States and together telecom and ICT infrastructure will speed up the needed development in Nigeria.
Once again, we deeply appreciate the governors and House of Assemblies of these States for making their respective States a strategic partner of our initiative to ensure that all states in Nigeria have pervasive network coverage and seamless access.”