By Kehinde Akinpelu,Ilorin
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) has urged Nigerian governors to emulate their Kwara State counterpart AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq over the recent reduction of the Right of Way (RoW) charges for telecommunication companies.
“We hope all other Governors emulate your patriotic gesture,” Pantami said in a letter addressed to AbdulRazaq on behalf of the ministry.
The Governor had recently directed the slashing of the RoW fee for telcos from N5,500 per linear metre to N1 per kilometre of fibre — the second lowest in Nigeria after Kaduna.
The reduction took immediate effect. Until now, telcos were paying N5,500 per linear metre as the fee for laying fibre cables in the state.
The Governor said the decision was to strengthen digital penetration and improve Kwara’s ease of doing business ratings. Pantami said he was highly “delighted about the decision”.