Anambra State today waived payment of right of way (RoW) charges for fibre optic cable deployment to boost broadband penetration and stimulate tech businesses, Chairman of the State Planning Board, Mr. Chike Maduekwe, has announced.
Maduekwe said while unveiling the State’s Integrated Urban Regeneration Initiative that Gov Willie Obiano directed that the charge, currently assessed at N600 per linear metre, be dropped entirely.
The development supports the new policy to create a robust digital economy for the State through deployment of modern physical planning strategies that will eliminate bottlenecks to digital access.
The urban regeneration initiative also seeks to reverse infrastructure decline in urban and semi-urban areas as well as boost digital infrastructure rollout to towns and communities.
Maduekwe described this gesture as the first step to a digital economy which will be achieved by wooing digital stakeholders, including investors, innovators, educators and businesses, to fast track “broadband penetration, optimize economic activities and the ease of doing business in the State.”
Gov. Obiano is pursuing economic diversification by promoting digital services in commerce, education, manufacturing and eGovernment.
He is also setting up institutional structures to facilitate and accelerate action, including the creation of a State Information and Communication Technology Agency and a Digital Entrepreneurship Office.