Kwara State Governor, Alhaji AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has directed the reduction of the Right of Way (RoW) fee for telecommunications firms from N5,500 per linear metre to one Naira per kilometre of fibre.
The state now has the second lowest RoW fee in Nigeria after Kaduna State.
Commissioner for Communications, Mr. Murtala Olanrewaju, said the reduction takes immediate effect.
Until now, telecoms were paying N5,500 per linear metre as the fee for laying fibre cables in the state to strengthen their digital connections.
Olanrewaju said AbdulRazaq directed that the RoW fee be slashed to N1 only per kilometre, a decision designed to deepen digital penetration in Kwara State, jerk up the state’s ease of doing business ratings, and ease people’s access to the internet and other digital communication even in the remotest part of the state.
“Apart from driving up investment in the sector, the long-term effects of this significant step such as strengthening access to digital communications and bringing more businesses to the hinterlands cannot be quantified,” the commissioner quoted the governor as saying.
He added that internet and broadband penetration have been known to have a direct correlation with economic development.
A study carried out by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) on Africa reported that a 10 per cent broadband penetration would lead to a 2.5 per cent increment of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita.