The Nigerian Communications Commission and Edo State Government have reaffirmed their commitment to improve access to telecoms infrastructure in the state.
This commitment was made during a meeting between the Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, and the NCC, led by the commission’s Executive Commissioner for Stakeholder Management, Mr. Sunday Dare.
The Executive Secretary of Universal Service Provision Fund, Mr. Ayuba Shuaibu, also confirmed that the firm had evaluated and agreed to support the College of Education in Benin City and the Institute of Continuing Education in Abudu, Edo State with a grant to establish a computer laboratory and provide optic fibre connectivity to the institutions.
In his welcome remarks at the meeting in Abuja, Dare commended the forward-looking policies of the governor and assured him of the NCC’s readiness to support the achievement of the ICT aspirations of the state through the deployment of fibre infrastructure under the commission’s InfraCo project and interventions by the USPF.
He noted that the NCC was aggressively driving accessibility to telecoms networks at all nooks and crannies of the federation.
Dare however said that the situation with multiple taxation and regulation in some states of the federation was counter-productive, saying the states would eventually end up losing substantial revenue and developmental opportunities which could have been stimulated with the presence of telecoms infrastructure.
He assured Obaseki that the NCC was keen on partnering Edo State Government to achieve a win-win solution in the overall interest of its residents.
In his remarks, Obaseki noted the state government was focused on exploring non-oil resources and had therefore articulated developmental priorities, focusing on creating a sense of order, security, safety and stability necessary to attract requisite investments to develop the state.
According to him, Edo State is passionate about the need to attract robust telecoms infrastructure to drive manufacturing, education and other socio-economic activities.
As an example of the state’s forward-looking approach, the governor noted that Edo State had always made provision for shared fibre ducts in its road projects and looked forward to engaging with the NCC and operators to agree on fibre deployment projects and routes as necessary.
The governor thanked the USPF for the gesture and emphasised that the state government was committed to the deployment of technology solutions to enhance basic education delivery, skills development and economic opportunities for its citizens.
The parties agreed to explore opportunities for partnership in the deployment of telecoms infrastructure in Edo State in a manner supporting the state’s developmental objectives and providing citizens with access to fast, efficient and effective telecoms service. Copyright PUNCH.
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