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Niger govt boosts digital infrastructure, approves installation of fiber metro ring in Minna

Governor Umaru Bago of Niger State | File Image

Niger govt boosts digital infrastructure

By Mohammed Usman

Niger State government is set to boost digital infrastructure with the approval of the installation of a 40-kilometer fiber metro ring across Minna, the state capital.

This is part of the private sector partnership initiative by the Governor Mohammed Umar Bago and a company to provide the public Wi-Fi services, Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) connectivity, fixed telephony, and internet access all the state-owned tertiary institutions within Minna. The state Commissioner for Communications & Digital Economy, Hon. Suleiman Isah, who disclosed this in Minna, explained that the initiative was part of the moves to enhance digital infrastructure in the state.

His words: “The State Executive Council, led by Governor Umaru Bago, has approved a pioneering digital initiative by giving the green light for a private Fiber Optic Company to operate with a remarkable zero naira per linear meter Right of Way (RoW) charge.

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“This decision signals the administration’s unwavering commitment to fostering an environment conducive for private sector investments and to promote technological advancement.”

The Commissioner, who called on relevant stakeholders to leverage on the initiative, said that the new order was to significantly boost digital connectivity, empowerment of students and faculties with enhanced access to information and communications technology.

“While the standard RoW charge in Niger State remains at N145 per linear meter, as per the 2022 gazette of the consolidated revenue administration law,” according to the commissioner, “Governor Bago and his cabinet members recognize the paramount importance of digital infrastructure in driving economic growth and development.”

Suleiman Isah said that the Bago-led administration was dedicated towards initiatives that prioritize the welfare and interests of the people, hence the state government’s commitment to support proposals that do not rely on state resources to finance and underscored the significance of private sector drivers in providing for sustainable digital

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