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Governors Resolve to Address Right of Way Challenges— Pantani



Governors Resolve to Address Right of Way Challenges--- Pantani

Ali Pantami

Aminat Isah, Abuja

The State Governors under the auspices of the Governors’ Forum have resolved to address the lingering issue of Right of Way (RoW) charges in as a way of deepening broadband penetration in the country and promote a Digital Economy for a Digital Nigeria.

The resolution followed a presentation made by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Ali Pantami during the meeting of the Governors’ Forum held on the 22nd of January, 2020.

Dr. Pantami discussed the many benefits that an increase in broadband access can have on the economy of the various States.

He noted that one of the key benefits is the rapid growth in the gross domestic product (GDP) of any country that increases its broadband penetration, and urged the State Governors to adopt the 2013 resolutions reached by the National Economic Council (NEC) which agreed on a maximum RoW charge of N145.00 per linear meter of fibre.

In addition to the discussion on the RoW, the Honourable Minister also discussed the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) which was unveiled by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, on the 28th of November 2019. Dr Pantami urged the State Governors to key into the Policy and Strategy. He also informed them of the plan of the Federal Government to help the States with a Digital Economy Strategy, through Policy, Digital Skills and other areas of intervention.

The Minister thank the Chairman and members of the Governors Forum for their support in resolving the RoW challenge.

In response, the Chairman of the Governors’ Forum, His Excellency, Dr. Fayemi, on behalf of the Governors acknowledged the benefits of broadband penetration and the stated that the Honourable Minister should consider the matter resolved, as there will no longer be any need to appeal to the Governors on the issue of RoW.

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