Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Governor of Ekiti State and Sen. Hope Odidika Uzodinma of Imo State

Telecoms: ATCON lauds Ekiti, Imo for Executive Orders on approved N145 liner meter Right-of-Way

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

For their faithful implementation of the harmonised and approved Right-of-Way price from an initial exorbitant price to an industry and investment-friendly price of N145 per liner meter approved by the Federal Government, the Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) has commended Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Governor of Ekiti State and Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Senator Hope Odidika Uzodinma, Governor of Imo State and their respective State Houses of Assembly for their recent Executive Orders to that effect.

Mr. Ajibola Olude, Executive Secretary of ATCON, in a statement made available to ConsumerConnect, said the Association “appreciates these states for considering its letter, which was sent to them in the beginning of the year recommending that telecom and ICT infrastructure must be seen and treated as a component of development in their respective states.”

Olude said with this move by the state governors, their leadership has attested to the fact that the socio-economic development of their respective states is not mutually exclusive of broadband and ICT infrastructure development as one of the bases of ATCON’s advocacy initiatives.

The statement highlights some of the benefits accruable to states that have adopted and implemented the harmonised N145 per liner meter Right-of-Way price, including unlocking of the inherent digital potential of these states.

According to ATCON, the states are set to enjoy and maximise the opportunity that pervasive broadband penetration can offer as the people of these states can now leverage uninterrupted telecoms services.

Telecom infrastructure would afford them the opportunity to express their gifts and talents.

Another is fast-paced of development enabled by robust Telecom and ICT Infrastructure as the states are set to experience a noticeable development both in the public and public sectors.

This development, according to the Association, is expected to boost the revenue of these states besides organisations’ having presence in their states to consider opening new branches, leading to employment generation while reducing rural-urban migration.

The statement urged states “that have not implemented the approved the harmonised Right-of-Way price of N145 per liner meter to take a cue from these states (Ekiti and Imo States)” so that telecom and ICT infrastructure could speed up the needed development in the Nigerian economy.

“We deeply appreciate the governors and Houses of Assembly of these states for making their respective states strategic partners of our initiative to ensure that all states in Nigeria have pervasive network coverage and seamless access,” added the statement.

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