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Broadband: Stakeholders urge other States to learn from Ekiti State on N145 for RoW charge

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Road construction with provision for fibre cable (Photo insert: Gov. Kayode Fayemi
Stakeholders in the Nigerian telecommunications industry have continued to shower encomiums on Ekiti State Government led by Dr. Kayode Fayemi following an Executive Order in the State that reverses charges on Fibre Optic Cable (Right of Way) from N4,500 to N145 per meter.

The Stakeholders who were reacting to the news earlier published by TechEconomy.ng, urged other State Governors to aligned with their Ekiti State counterpart who doubles as the Chairman, Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF),

They further said that the State (Ekiti) will have long term benefits to share from this gesture.

The National Coordinator (Nigeria) at Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4ai), Olu Teniola

Thank you your Excellency. I know firs- hand back in 2012 your support and benefit that pervasive optic fiber infrastructure can bring to our communities. You listened during those important NEC meetings in Abuja back then.

Teniola who doubles as the President, Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), continues, “Now you have stuck to your words and walked the walk. We are grateful and now it is for our industry to deliver on your promise. Much appreciative of the leadership shown by you”.

The Managing Director at Rack Centre, Dr. Ayotunde Coker, reacted thus: “Well-done Your Excellency. The State will benefit so much more than any income from RoW charges. Very best wishes”.

The Country Manager & Regional Sales Manager, West Africa at Avanti Communications Group Plc., Jane Egerton-Idehen, reacting to the news said, “Talk about leadership! This should definitely set the right pace for other states to follow.

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“The past weeks have shown how important broadband infrastructure is for not just the urban areas but the rural and entire country.

“Imagine the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on states with barely any broadband.  Workers can’t work from home, schools or students can’t get involved in any educational activities online. It definitely is worse.

On his part, the Principal Manager, Licensing and Authorisation at Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Usman Mamman, said: “This is a very Cheering news in view of the impact of this decision on the economy in the long run. We have been preaching on this for a long. At last the relentless campaign is yielding results now. Thank you Governor (Dr.) Kayode for setting the pace, hoping that others will join the race”.

The Principal Owner at Hitel Communications Ltd., Ibrahim Dikko, has this to say: “We need such progressive thinkers and approaches in these times to help accelerate development”.

The CEO at Xpress Payment Solutions, Oluwadare Owolabi, described the news as wonderful.

Hear him: “This is a wonderful news. The after effect will create tremendous opportunities for the State. This is a great news better than COVID-19 stories all day!”

The Head, AI & Cognitive Technology at Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, Kayode Odeyemi who rated the State’s effort as good initiative, also cautions against ‘political instability’ that has been a perennial issue in the country.

Odeyemi said, “Good. Hopefully the next governor doesn’t revert it and cause great damage to financial projections and new entrants. Ups and downs, smiles and frowns!”

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Also, a Technical Project Manager at Facebook Connectivity & Mobile Partnerships, Express Wi-Fi EMEA, Jinmi Oluanuiga, reacting to the news, said: “Well done! Showing the same foresight Lagos State and the Federal Government had several years ago! A very good direction for Ekiti State”.

The CEO of Comnavig ICT Consultants, Olufemi Adeagbo, said, “Well, this is a very important and sensible step. The more Governors that see the bigger picture of exponential development, beyond slamming huge fees ab initio, the better. Kudos Excellency. this is trail blazing. A time may come soon when it is free”.

The Chief Technical Officer at TIZETI Inc., Opeyemi Ajiboye, also said “If we are really interested in Broadband penetration, other States should do same”.

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