NCC To Partner UK Government Prosperity Fund-Nigeria In Reforming Administration Of Right Of Way

The Nigeria Communication Commission is set to collaborate with the UK Government Prosperity Fund-Nigeria Project on reforming the administration of Right of Way and planning permits in Nigeria.

This was disclosed by the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, during the virtual forum on Right of Way Reforms and Planning Permits for Masts and Towers in Nigeria organised by the British Government’s Prosperity Fund’s Digital Access Programme in collaboration with Nigerian Communications Commission and the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy on Thursday, August 13, 2020.

Prof. Danbatta was represented by the NCC’s Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management, Adeleke Adewolu.

It will be recalled that Telecommunication companies has called on the Federal Government through the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy, to completely remove Right of Way charges in states across the country to pave the way for telecoms infrastructure development.

The Right of Way charge is the levy paid to state governments by network operators for laying optic fibre on state roads.

Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta

In his background introduction, Danbatta said in maximizing the benefits of digital transformation, resilient Telecoms Infrastructure is the key enabler in delivering ICT services. Therefore, this technical conference is apt, as it provides effective solutions to Right of Way (RoW) challenges amongst others.
“The input of this conference will assist the Government in further reducing the encumbrances bedeviling ICT infrastructure, especially in the provision/ building of resilient fixed Infrastructure in the federation, Danbatta said.

He went further to say that the event will further assist NCC in its quest to deepen broadband deployment and penetration in Nigeria.

“Furthermore, ubiquitous broadband will propel social and economic development and growth of citizens, as in; local content development & innovations, the proliferation of ICT industries, building digital skills, etc.

“The NCC on its part is ready to collaborate with the UK Government Prosperity Fund-Nigeria Project, especially on the subject matter of today, i.e. reforming the administration of RoW and planning permits in Nigeria.

“We note, the short, medium, and long-term actions set up in the report and we will work assiduously to their achievement. We also, encourage our service providers to appreciate some of the challenges faced by the state government and hope this will enable them to collaborate with the state government to effectively overcome the challenges.

The NCC congratulated and thanked the UK Government Prosperity Fund Digital Access Project team for organizing the event.

Also, the Commission commended the robust contributions of all stakeholders and the general support of the UK Government to Nigeria’s digital transformation processes, in particular to the event. It is a conversation of ideas that will support existing policies and commitment to Broadband for all

Key stakeholders, who participated at the virtual conference include; the Hon. Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isah Ali Ibrahim Pantami; the UK Government’s Digital Access Programme Adviser and Country Lead, Idongesit Udo; Governors of Ekiti, Katsina, Sokoto, Imo, Plateau and Kwara. They also include representatives of state governments; members of the Presidential Committee on Broadband Plan monitoring and implementation; industry and private sector leaders in tech and telecommunications sector, civil society groups and the media.

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