Pantami Commends Governor Fayemi for Implementing RoW Resolution
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami has commended Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi on the executive order No. 007 of 2020 on Right of Way (RoW) charges on telecommunications Infrastructure signed last week.
In a statement signed by the Minister’s spokesperson, Mrs Uwa Suleiman stated that this action of providing a policy backing RoW charges is truly commendable. It is also in consonance with the resolution of the Governors under the auspices of the Governors’ Forum on January 22, 2020 to address the lingering issue of RoW charges , deepen broadband penetration in the country and promote a digital economy for a digital Nigeria.
The Executive Order shall “specifically target all sectors of Ekiti State including rural homes, farms, small businesses, manufacturing and production sites, transportation systems, and healthcare and educational facilities”. The Order specifies that “Right of Way laying of broadband or any other telecommunications infrastructure in Ekiti State shall not exceed N145 per linear metre”.
An increase in broadband access will have a positive impact on the economy of the various States as well as the entire country. One of the key benefits is the rapid growth in the gross domestic product (GDP) of any country that increases its broadband penetration. The negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has accentuated the importance of broadband in supporting economies around the world.