The Association of Telecommunications Firms of Nigeria (ATCON), on Thursday recommended Governors and Homes of Assemby of Imo and Ekiti states for the implementation of the approved Proper-of-Way (ROW) rate.
Ajibola Olude, Secretary of the Association, gave the commendation in a assertion in Lagos.
He hailed the orders issued by Dr Kayode Fayemi, the Ekiti Governor and Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum, and Sen. Hope Uzodinma, Governor of Imo.
The association famous that both equally states experienced accredited ideal of way price tag from a superior value to an market and investment helpful value of N145 for every liner meter accepted by the Federal Govt.
“ATCON also appreciates these states for taking into consideration its letter which was despatched to them in the beginning of the yr recommending that telecom and ICT infrastructure ought to be observed and addressed as a element of growth in their respective states.
“With this transfer by the governors, their leaderships have attested to the reality that the socio-financial advancement of their respective states is not mutually unique to broadband and ICT infrastructure improvement which has been one of the foundation of our advocacy initiatives,” he mentioned.
He, having said that, mentioned that some of the added benefits that are accruable to states that adopted and applied the harmonised ROW cost will unlock the inherent digital opportunity of the states.
He claimed that this sort of states had been established to appreciate and maximise the prospect that pervasive broadband penetration could offer you as their men and women could now leverage on uninterrupted telecommunications expert services which were being not liked right before.
“The reason for this is that telecom infrastructure would give them the possibility to specific their gifts and talents.
“Fast tempo of improvement enabled by strong Telecom and ICT Infrastructure, the direct multiplier result of this pragmatic govt buy, is that these states will expertise a apparent progress both in the non-public and public sectors.
He added that it would force the profits of the states ahead.
“It will also make companies that do not have existence in these states to take into account opening a department in the states which will guide to employment generation thereby lowering rural-urban migration,” he stated.
ATCON, as a result, suggested other states still to apply the authorized harmonised ROW price tag of N145 per liner meter to take a cue from these states, to permit telecom and ICT infrastructure to pace up the needed advancement in Nigeria.