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Ekiti Slashes Telecoms Right of Way Charges by 97%

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  • Ekiti Slashes Telecoms Right of Way Charges by 97%

The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, on Thursday signed an Executive Order reducing the Right of Way charges for telecommunication infrastructure from N4,500 to N145 per linear metre.

This represents 97 per cent decrease.

According to the governor, this will allow telecom operators to lay broadband or any other telecommunications infrastructure and ensure full broadband penetration in the state by 2021.

“This decision will ensure Ekiti achieves full broadband penetration by 2021 to attract new businesses, create jobs, improve access to quality healthcare and digital education while improving internally generated revenue,” Fayemi tweeted on Thursday.

“It is also aligned with the ongoing development of the Ekiti Knowledge Zone designed to be Nigeria’s first service-based innovation park.”

In the executive order No. 007 of 2020, the state government said it was its desire to provide all residents in Ekiti State, especially rural communities, with access to reliable and affordable broadband connectivity.

According to the state governor, certainty and transparency in right of way charges was required to attract local and foreign investment for the development of broadband and other telecommunication infrastructure across the state.

Fayemi noted that broadband connectivity across the state would enhance the ability of the government to increase economic prosperity, attract new businesses, enhance job growth, extend the reach of affordable high quality healthcare, enrich student’s learning with digital tools and facilitate access to digital marketplace.

The executive order stated, “Government policy on broadband connectively shall specifically target all sectors of Ekiti State including rural homes, farms, small businesses, manufacturing and production sites, transportation systems, and healthcare and education facilities.

“The Right of Way charges related to the laying of broadband or any other telecommunications infrastructure in Ekiti State shall not exceed N145 per metre.”

The decision to reduce right of way charges was in fulfillment of the promise made by the Nigeria’s Governor’s Forum led by Fayemi to address the lingering issue of Right of Way charges in a bid to deepen broadband penetration in the country and promote a digital economy.

The resolution followed an appeal made by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, during a meeting of the Governors’ Forum held in January this year.

Pantami had discussed the many benefits that an increase in broadband access could have on the economy of the various states.

He urged the state governors to adopt the 2013 resolutions reached by the National Economic Council, which agreed on a maximum RoW charge of N145per linear metre of fibre.

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Obaseki Wins Edo State With a Landslide Victory

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Governor Godwin Obaseki has now won the remaining Local Government, Ovia South-West Local Government.

Here is a break down of Ovia South-West’s final result. APC recorded 10, 636 votes while PDP amassed 12, 659.

Total valid votes stood at 23,741 with 743 votes rejected and 24,484 votes cast.

Overall, Obaseki won a total of 13 local governments out of 18, while Ize-Iyamu wins 5. See the details below.

Local Government APC  PDP 
Igueben  5,199  7,870 
Esan North-East  6,556  13,579 
Esan Central  6,719  10,794 
Ikpoba-Okha  18,218  41,030 
Uhunmwonde  5,972  10,022 
Egor  10,202  27,621 
Owan East  19,295  14,762 
Owan West  11,193  11,485 
Esan South East  9,237  10,565 
Ovia North-West  9,907  16,987 
Etsako West  26,140  17,959 
Ovia South-West 10,636 12,659
Oredo  18,365  43,498 
Esan West  7,189  17,434 
 Akoko Edo 22,963 20,101
 Etsako East 17,011 10,668
 Etsako Central  8,359 7,478
Orhionmwon 10,458 13,445

 

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Obaseki Beats Ize-Iyamu in His Local Government to Extend Lead

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Godwin Obaseki Wins Ize-Iyamu Local Government to Extend Lead

Governor Godwin Obaseki has won Orhionmwon Local Government Area to extend his lead over Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress.

Pastor Ize-Iyamu, who hails from Orhionmwon, won his polling unit but failed to win the entire council area as Obaseki wins again.

Orhionmwon was one of the two remaining local governments. Therefore, it now remains one local government area, Ovia South-West, with Obaseki cruising to victory following 17 LG counts.

Obaseki now has 295,296 votes while Ize-Iyamu has 212,983.

Obaseki is no expected to win Saturday’s governorship election after amassing massive votes across each of the 17 local governments counted.

The remaining local government, Ovia South-West has 73,909 voters, below the over 80,000 lead of Godwin Obaseki.

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Obaseki, PDP Members Celebrate Potential Win in Situation Room

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Obaseki Celebrates With Other PDP Members in Situation Room

Following the strong positive support received from Edo people as shown by almost 90,000 vote gap received over Osagie Ize-Iyamu after 16 local government counts, the executive governor of Edo State, Gowin Obaseki, and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members have started celebrating a potential win ahead of the two remaining local government results.

According to the results of the 16 local governments released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Obaseki received 288,572 votes while the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, received 202,525 votes.

With just two local governments left to go, it is safe to say Obaseki has won this particular election again.

Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu contested against Governor Obaseki four years ago under the Peoples Democratic Party when Obaseki was the gubernatorial candidate of All Progressives Congress before he fell out with his godfather, Adams Oshiomhole.

If wins, Obaseki will be the first gubernatorial candidate to win two elections under the two major parties within four years and vice versa for Ize-Iyamu.

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