The Government of Ondo State commitment to the deployment of broadband infrastructure through the Odua Infraco, has gotten commendation from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), and consequently the NCC has urged other states to get committed to provide telecoms service to their citizens.
The issues of Right of Way for telecommunications infrastructure had been a burning issue in the country necessitating several dialogue between the State Government and the regulator and the telecoms operators as well.
The visit by a delegation of Ondo State, led by the Chairman of Ondo State Information Technology Agency, (OSITA), Olumbe Akinkugbe, to the Commission to seek advice on the best ways to enjoy seamless deployment of broadband in the state was therefore a laudable development in the industry.
The Federal Government had written all the State Governors soliciting their support and collaboration towards the realisation of the National Digital Economy by fast-tracking the deployment of broadband infrastructure for the provision of affordable internet services to underserved and unserved areas.
Receiving the Ondo State delegates, the Director, Legal and Regulatory Services of the Commission, Josephine Amuwa, o behalf of the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, commended the visitors for their timely pursuit of the programme and assured them of Commission’s commitment to achieving milestones in broadband infrastructure deployment in the State.
“We consider the meeting a watershed in our efforts at transforming Nigeria into a major digital hub in Africa, through transforming all the states of the Federation. We are particularly elated by the fact that your request for this engagement came on the heels of the Broadband Technical Awareness Forum (BTAF) organized by the Commission, for which we received a very positive scorecard from you,” she said.
Amuwa listed the challenges impeding the progress of broadband infrastructure deployment to include Right-of-Way issues; indiscriminate charges and levies; hostilities by local communities; among others.
Consequently, a tripartite committee to discuss the Ondo State Government plan with the Odua InfraCo, and the Commission, was set up to deliberate and harness mutual benefits; and to recommend the best ways to drive the actualization of such mutual benefits to the nation, the State and citizens. The committee is to report to the Ondo State Executive Council through NCC’s EVC on monthly basis.
The collaboration particularly targets how to use Information Communication Technology (ICT) to deliver more government services and simplify government operations.