The increase in the Right of Way, RoW, fee, in 14 States of the Federation, is, likely, to slow down infrastructural development and improvement in the quality of service, in the country.
Reports by a reputable Newspaper’s online blog, published today, January 6, 2019, shows that, the States involved, include Adamawa, Anambra, Cross River, Ebonyi, Enugu, Gombe, Imo, Kaduna, Kano, Kebbi, Kogi, Lagos, Ondo and Osun.
Statistics gleaned from the Newspaper’s online blog, showed that, the 14 States had increased the cost of Right of Way, RoW, from their initial fee of, between N300 to N500 per linear meter, to between N3,000 and N6,000 per linear metre. It, also, stated that the Federal Government charge is, N145 per linear metre.
With the increase in the RoW fees, by these States, the much talked about reduction, in the cost of services, by the Telecom operators, might just be a mirage, as they will, eventually, pass on the extra costs, to the final consumers.
It is, interesting to note that, this revelation is coming, just 4 days, after the Honorable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami, gave an assurance that, he had written to Governors in Nigeria and the National Economic Council, NEC, on resolving the issue.
“I have written to all the Governors in Nigeria, on the need to comply, with the National Economic Council, (NEC), resolution, on the Right of Way, (RoW)”, stated Pantami, at a media parley and press briefing, held at Treasure Suites, Maitama, Abuja, on January 3, 2020. The event was organized by the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.
With the 14 States increasing the Right of Way fee, it is, obvious that, more still needs to be done, by the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, the Telecom operators, the Governors and any other relevant stakeholders, who should come together, to resolve the lingering Right of Way issue that, has been hampering the progress of the laying of fibre cables, for a long time now.
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