Nassarawa State Abolishes RoW Charges, Boosting Digital Economy and National Broadband Goals

Confirmed by Dr. Aminu Maida, Nassarawa eliminates RoW charges, fostering digital growth and national broadband objectives.

In a significant move confirmed on X by Dr. Aminu Maida, the Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), The Nassarawa State Right of Way Regulation 2023 has come into effect as of December 29, 2023. The regulation, championed by the Executive Governor of Nassarawa State, Engr. Abdullahi Sule, and the Nassarawa State Urban Development Board led by MD/CEO Engr. Yahaya Mohammed Wada, eliminates Right of Way (RoW) charges for the installation, placing, laying, and maintenance of telecommunication network facilities in the state.

The implementation of this regulation is considered a substantial stride in creating a conducive environment for the thriving digital economy, as stated by Dr. Aminu Maida, the Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

One of the notable implications of this bold enactment is its positive impact on the achievement of national broadband goals. Dr. Maida highlighted that this move aligns with the target set by the Federal Ministry of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy in Nigeria to attain 75% of the fiber optic cable target outlined in the National Broadband Plan by the end of 2027.

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is actively engaged in discussions with various states, emphasizing the benefits of creating an enabling environment for telecommunications investments. The waiver of RoW charges is seen as a key strategy to encourage increased connectivity, spur economic growth, and enhance digital services.

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