. Says: It is not about the immediate revenue but the long-time benefit
Industry stakeholders have continued to commend Ekiti State Government over the crash in the Right of Way charges.
A statement from the State Government said that the Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has signed an Executive Order reducing the cost of Right of Way for broadband infrastructure deployment from N4,500 to N145 per meter.
The reduction, telecom industry stakeholders say will benefit the State in the long-run.
Dr. Fayemi doubles as the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) and had recently met with the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr, Isa Pantami and the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta, who explained to him why State should reverse to the previous decision reach at the National Executive Council regarding the cost of RoW for broadband infrastructure deployment in the country.
Recall that earlier this year, 14 States hiked the Right of Way charges by over 1200%.
Speaking on the 90% reduction in charges, ALTON told techEconomy.ng that the move shows Dr. Fayemi administration understand that this is not about the immediate revenue but the long-time benefit of opening up the State for last mile connectivity.
Chairman of ALTON, Engr. Gbenga Adebayo, speaking further in a statement made available to TechEconomy.ng, said “We want to commend the Ekiti State Govt. for being realistic and also the efforts of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami cannot be overemphasized, he has shown that he is capable.
“The new national broadband plan is achievable if other States join in following the NEC Resolution.
“It is not about the immediate revenue but the long-time benefit of opening up States for last mile connectivity. Bringing businesses and investors to the States”.
Adebayo said that ALTON members are ready to deploy infrastructure across State, if the rates are right.
“We implore other States to follow the example of Ekiti State. The Governor has demonstrated the leadership quality in him for the rest to follow.
“Before about 70% cost of deploying infrastructure goes into permit and Right of Way, but if other State begin to follow Gov. Fayemi steps, then the cost of data will come cheaper and almost all State will key into the smart State initiative.
“We implore other states like Lagos, Ogun, Rivers, kaduna, Kano,FCT and others to follow suit without delay,” the statement concludes.