Anambra State Waives Right of Way Charges to Boost the State’s Digital Economy

In a bid to create a robust digital economy in Anambra State, the State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano has waived the Fibre Optic Cable Right of Way (RoW) charges from N600 per linear meter to Zero Naira.

The State Government has also unveiled an integrated urban regeneration initiative that will deploy modern physical planning strategies to eliminate bottlenecks to digital access. The initiative will also seek to reverse infrastructure decline in urban and semi-urban areas, boost digital infrastructure rollout to towns and communities and diversify the economy, leveraging digital services for commerce, education, innovation, manufacturing and eGoverment.

Barrister Chike Maduekwe, the Chairman/Managing Director of the Anambra State Physical Planning Board (ANSPPB) commented that ”We had opened discussion with key stakeholders for zero payment on RoW as directed in 2019 by His Excellency, Governor Willie Obiano to  expedite broadband penetration, optimize economic activities and the ease of doing business in the state.”

Barrister Maduekwe also noted that the initiative driven by the ANSPPB started with initial stakeholder engagements and subsequent alignment with relevant professional bodies, associations, beneficiary towns and communities. He added that the implementation of the broadband penetration roadmap and enumeration project as well as multiple stakeholder engagement sessions will commence in July 2020.

The removal of the Right of Way charges by Anambra state is the first step to a digital economy that welcomes key stakeholders, investors, innovators, educators and businesses to the State, nicknamed as the Light of the Nation.

It is also aligned with the resolution of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum of January 2020 and the launching of the National Broadband Plan by President Muhammadu Buhari in March 2020.

Barrister informed Techative that details of the stakeholder engagement sessions will be published soon.

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