Osun state waives Right of Way fees and localises startup Act to attract tech startups
Today, Osun state officially cancels right-of-way fees, allowing telecom companies and internet providers to lay fibre optic cables for free. Ademola Adeleke, the governor of Osun state, disclosed the cancellation of ROW fees today as part of a digital economy policy. The state is betting that cancelling right-of-way fees–a contentious matter between state governments and Nigeria’s telecommunications commission–will improve broadband penetration.
According to the National Bureau of Statistics, there were 3.5 million active internet subscriptions in Osun state in Q1 2021...
Waiving the right-of-way fees remains only one part of attracting startups to set up shop in a state. So, Osun state is setting up an ICT policy for the first time, and essential parts of this policy will cover localising the startup act, Osun state Google mapping and focusing on the digital economy.
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