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El-Rufai, Pantami, others billed for Anambra broadband stakeholders’ forum

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El-Rufai, Pantami, others billed for Anambra broadband stakeholders' forum

Anambra state government on Thursday said it would host a Broadband Stakeholders’ visual Forum as part of plans to boost the State’s broadband infrastructure and create a robust and sustainable digital economy for the state.

Executive Chairman, Anambra State Physical Planning Board, Barr. Chike Maduekwe who made the disclosure to newsmen, said Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Alhaji Isa Ali Pantami would be in attendance.

He also listed Ms Funke Opeke, MD, MainOne, Reps of British High Commission; Representatives of Mobile Network Operators, Industry Stakeholders and others as part of dignitaries to participate in the meeting.

Maduekwe also disclosed plans by the state government to take executive bill to state house assembly for the broadband insulation targeted at boosting digital security.

He said the forthcoming forum was in line with the strategy of the state government to create a robust and sustainable digital economy for the state.

He further revealed the government Right of Way (RoW) charges waiver for fiber optic cable deployment in the state to enable deployment and access.

He said, “Governor Obiano waived the charges from N600 per linear meter to Zero Naira as the State unveils its Integrated “Anambra State Integrated Urban Regeneration Initiative” as a tactical move 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 eGoverment.

“We recognize the stakeholders’ immense impact in and contributions to the Nigerian telecommunications industry and their remarkable roles to facilitate broadband access, either at policy development or investment levels. Anambra State is ready for broadband infrastructure investments.”

While revealing state government’s inspiration from the Federal Government’s efforts and initiatives, Maduekwe stressed that it needed the support of players in the ecosystem for the success of its broadband rollout programme in the State.

“We envisage that high level involvement and participation in our planned Stakeholders’ Forum is a critical first step in this direction,” he added.

Profile: From Ozuitem, Bende Local government Area of Anambra State. Political science (B. Sc) from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka & Business Administration (Diploma) from the University of Calabar. Email him at elekwachinedum@yahoo.com

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