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Nasarawa government abolishes right-of-way fees for communication infrastructure


The Nasarawa State Government has formally approved the abolition of rights of way, RoW and fees for the installation, siting, laying and maintenance of telecommunications network facilities in the state.

This decision was made clear by the signing of the 2023 Right of Way Regulation, which came into force on December 29, 2023.

RoW charges are fees paid by network operators to state governments for laying fiber optic cables on state highways.

A tweet posted on X by the Executive Vice-Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Aminu Maida, confirmed the state’s decision.

The Nasarawa State Urban Development Board (NUDB) has been directed not to levy any charges for the installation, placement, laying and maintenance of telecommunications network facilities in accordance with the Nasarawa State Right of Way Regulations 2023.

The new regulations state that network facilities must adhere to good engineering practices and ensure that their activities do not interfere with public facility operations, roads, or traffic movement.

“In the application of section 135 of the Nigerian Telecommunications Act, 2003, above and in the exercise of its powers over rights of way within Nasarawa State, the Nasarawa State Urban Development Board receives applications or requests for approval for installations, installations and installations of licensees. Installation or maintenance of telecommunications network equipment by operators.

“NUDB, in the exercise of the powers it holds under the Nasarawa State Right of Way Regulations 2023, shall not charge any fee for the installation, placement, laying or maintenance of network facilities.

“NUDB shall not charge any fee for the exercise of the powers it holds for the installation, placement, laying or maintenance of network facilities under the Nasarawa State Right of Way Regulations 2023.

“Furthermore, no other ministry, ministry or agency in Nasarawa State shall be entitled to charge or charge any fee for the installation, placement, installation or maintenance of network facilities,” the statement reads in part. It's dark.

National RoW tariff harmonization began in 2018, with an agreement reached by the federal government, all 36 states, and the Federal Capital Territory Authority.

Before unification, operators faced varying charges ranging from N4,000 to N8,000 per meter depending on region. After harmonization, a flat rate of N145 per meter was set for fiber cables installed anywhere in the country.

Following Nasarawa State's decision, the NCC's Mr Aminu Maida expressed optimism that the measure would contribute to achieving the National Broadband Plan which aims to achieve 75 per cent of the country's fiber optic cable target by the end of 2027. expressed.

He noted the NCC's commitment to work with states to create an enabling environment for telecom investments by waiving RoW charges, and foster increased connectivity, economic growth and improved digital services.

Source: dailypost.ng

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