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Another goal has been scored in favour of access and affordability. Telecommunications operators are to get reduced taxes to enable them expand their services in rural areas. This would ensure that more people particularly the under-served and un-served populace have access to basic services

The Federal Government revealed this through the Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, at the 2017 Information Communications Technology and Telecommunication Expo in Lagos, organised by the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

To facilitate this, the National Economic Council had approved a policy to harmonise Right of Ways charges payable by telecommunications companies on local, state and federal highways.

According to Shittu, “The policy, when it comes to fruition, will minimise the spaces occupied, burden on the roads and reduce taxes payable by the telecoms operators.

“As such, with the RoW challenges gone, operators can invest in last mile infrastructure, especially fibre, that will boost services.”

The minister added that the ministry would liaise with states and relevant stakeholders for the smooth implementation of the RoW project.

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