Niger state breaks new ground in digital connectivity, records zero naira RoW charge for fibre optics

 Niger state breaks new ground in digital connectivity, records zero naira RoW charge for fibre optics

In a bold move towards enhancing digital infrastructure, the Executive Council of Niger State, led by Farmer Governor Umaru Mohammed Bago, has approved a pioneering digital initiative.

The Council has given the green light for a private Fiber Optic Company to operate with a remarkable zero naira per linear meter Right of Way (RoW) charge.

This landmark decision signals the government’s unwavering commitment to fostering an environment conducive to private sector investment and technological advancement.

In exchange for this unprecedented RoW charge exemption, the private Fiber Optic Company has pledged to install a 40-kilometer fiber metro ring across the state capital.

Furthermore, the company has committed to providing public Wi-Fi services, Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) connectivity, fixed telephony, and internet access at all state-owned tertiary institutions within the metro ring.

This initiative is set to significantly boost digital connectivity and empower students and faculty with enhanced access to information and communication technologies.

While the standard RoW charge in Niger State remains at 145 naira per linear meter, as per the 2022 gazette of the consolidated revenue administration law, Farmer Governor Umaru Mohammed Bago and his cabinet members recognize the paramount importance of digital infrastructure in driving economic growth.

The Commissioner for Communications Technology and Digital Economy Hon. Suleiman Isah emphasized the government’s dedication to initiatives that prioritize the welfare and interests of the people.

He reaffirmed the state’s commitment to supporting proposals that do not rely on state resources for financing and underscored the significance of private sector drivers in advancing sustainable digital infrastructure provisioning.

Niger State is proud to position itself as a Sub-national prototype State, offering an enabling environment for private sector innovation. By embracing forward-thinking policies and fostering collaborative partnerships, the State is poised to unlock new opportunities and propel itself towards a prosperous future.

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