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ATCON Calls on State Governments to Implement Harmonized RoW Price

…Commends Ekiti and Imo States for Blazing the Trail

The Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) has called on the states that have yet to implement the approved harmonized Right-of-Way price from a very exorbitant price to an industry and investment friendly price of N145 per liner meter to take a clue from Ekiti and Imo States in order to use telecom and ICT infrastructure to speed up the needed development in Nigeria.

ATCON made this call while commending the recent pragmatic Executive Orders issued by Dr Kayode Fayemi, Executive Governor, Ekiti State and Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Senator Hope Odidika Uzodinma, Executive Governor, Imo State and their respective State House of Assemblies for the implementation of the approved right of way price of N145 per liner meter approved by the Federal Government.

A statement signed by the Executive Secretary of ATCON, Mr. AJibola Olude, and made available to e-Business Life on Thursday, the association also appreciated 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.

ATCON noted that by this move the governors have attested to the fact that the socio-economic development of their respective state is not mutually exclusive to broadband and ICT infrastructure development, which has been one of the basis of our advocacy initiatives.

According to ATCON some of the benefits that are accruable to states that adopted and implemented the harmonized Right-of-Way price are as follows:

“Unlocking of the inherent digital potential of these states-: these States are set to enjoy and maximize the opportunity that pervasive broadband penetration can offer as the people of these States can now leverage on uninterrupted telecommunications services which they have not been enjoying before now. The reason for this is that telecom infrastructure would give them the opportunity to express their gifts and talents.

“Fast paced of development enabled by robust Telecom and ICT Infrastructure-: the direct multiplier effect of this pragmatic executive order is that these States will experience a noticeable development both in the private and public sector which is expected to push the revenue of these states forward and it will also make companies that do not have presence in these states to consider opening a branch in the state which will lead to employment generation thereby reducing rural-urban migration.”

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