The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ibrahim Pantami, has expressed delight on the efforts made by the Ekiti state Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, to deepen broadband penetration in the state by signing Executive Order No. 007.
The Minister said the Executive Order No. 007 of 2020 on Right of Way Charges on Telecommunications Infrastructure would not only increase the Gross Domestic Products (GDP) of Ekiti state, but also move the state towards digital economy.
Dr Pantami who made the remarks in a statement signed by his Media aide, Uwa Suleiman, said the governor should be emulated by his colleagues as a way of driving the Digital Economy agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Minister noted that the Executive Order “specifically target all sectors of Ekiti State including rural homes, farms, small businesses, manufacturing and production sites, transportation systems, and healthcare and educational facilities”.
It is also noteworthy that the Order specifies that “Right of Way charges related to the laying of broadband or any other telecommunications infrastructure in Ekiti State shall not exceed N145 per linear metre”, he added.
Dr Pantami said : “This action of providing a policy backing to the Right of Way charges is truly commendable. It is also in consonance with the resolution of the State Governors under the auspices of the Governors’ Forum on the 22nd of January 2020 to address the lingering issue of Right of Way (RoW) charges in a bid to deepen broadband penetration in the country and promote a Digital Economy for a Digital Nigeria.
“At that meeting the Executive Governors had resolved 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.