FG Takes Steps To Resolve RoW Challenges In Telecom Sector 

Yemisi Izuora

The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, is taking serious measures to develop critical infrastructures that will propel development of the telecommunications sector.

Speaking during the virtual forum on Right of Way, RoW, and planning permits for Masts and Towers in Nigeria, Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Umar Dambatta, noted that in maximizing the benefits of digital transformation, resilient Telecoms Infrastructure is the key enabler in delivering ICT services.

Danbatta who was represented by the NCC’s Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management, Adeleke Adewolu, at the event organized by the British Government’s Prosperity Funds Digital Access Programme in collaboration with the NCC and the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, on Thursday August 13, 2020, said the technical conference was apt, as it provides effective solutions to Right of Way (RoW) challenges amongst others.

Dambatta, said that the input of the 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.

“Equally, this event will further assist in our 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.” he stressed.

The NCC on its part, Damnatta assured is ready to collaborate with the UK Government Prosperity Fund-Nigeria Project, especially on the subject matter of the event which include, reforming the administration of RoW and planning permits in Nigeria.

“We note, the short, medium, and long-tern 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.” he added.

The Commission commended the UK Government Prosperity Fund Digital Access Project team for organizing the event.

The Commission also 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 adding that it is a conversation of ideas that will support existing policies and commitment to Broadband for all

Other 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.

Others are 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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