The adoption and implementation of a reduced price for Right-of-Way (ROW)by any state will enable it unlock the inherent digital potential of such states.
According to the Association of telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) an harmonized ROW price means States are will enjoy and maximize the opportunity that pervasive broadband penetration can offer as the people of that state.
In a statement issued by the Executive Secretary, ATCON, Mr. Ajibola Olude, the Association commended the Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi and his counterpart of Imo State, Mr. Hope Uzodinma for reducing the Right-of-Way for telecommunications infrastructure.
While stating the benefits of implementing its request for ROW price reduction, ATCON stated that these States can now leverage on uninterrupted telecommunications services which they have not been enjoying before now.
According to ATCON, telecom infrastructure would give them the opportunity to express their gifts and talents adding that with the easy access given to telecoms infrastructure, the revenue of such states is expected to improve.
It also noted that it will make companies that do not have presence in those states to consider opening a branch in the state which will lead to employment generation thereby reducing rural-urban migration.
“With this move by the governors, their leadership have attested to the fact that the socio-economic development of their respective state is not mutually exclusive to broadband and ICT infrastructure development which has been one of the basis of our advocacy initiatives”, the statement reads.
While calling on States that have not implemented the approved harmonized Right-of-Way price of N145 per liner meter, ATCON said a reduced price for ROW will enable telecom and ICT infrastructure to speed up the needed development in Nigeria.
Ekiti and Imo State governors recently issued an Executive Orders through the State House of Assemblies that paved way for the implementation of the approved right-of-way price which reduced the former price to N145 per liner meter approved by the Federal Government.