Governor Willie Obiano has waived the Fibre Optic Cable Right of Way charges from six hundred naira per linear meter to Zero Naira.
This is in line with the strategy of the Anambra state government to create a robust digital economy.
As was contained in a release signed by Barrister Chike Maduekwe who is the Chairman Anambra State Physical Planning Board ANSPPB, urban regeneration initiative of the state will deploy modern physical planning strategies to eliminate bottlenecks to digital access.
It also seeks to reverse infrastructure decline in urban and semi-urban areas, boost digital infrastructure rollout to towns and communities and diversify the economy, leveraging digital services for commerce, education, innovation, manufacturing and eGovernment.
According to the release, this initiative driven by the ANSPPB started with initial stakeholder engagements and subsequent alignment with relevant professional bodies, associations, beneficiary towns and communities.
The release said that the implementation of the broadband penetration roadmap and enumeration project as well as multiple stakeholder engagement sessions will commence in July 2020.
It added that the removal of the Right of Way charges by Anambra state is the first step to a digital economy that welcomes key stakeholders, investors, innovators, educators and businesses to the state.
It is also aligned with the resolution of the Nigerian Governors’ forum of January 2020 and the launching of the National Broadband Plan by President Mohammadu Buhari in March 2020.