Dig Once Policy: Abia Govt Suspends Excavation/ Trenching Activities

 

Abia State Government has announced a temporary and immediate cessation of all excavation/trenching activities in the State pending when a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) is selected to oversee the implementation of the Dig Once Policy.

 

 

A statement signed by the Commissioner for Digital Economy and SME’s/Secretary Dig Once Implementation Council, Hon. Matthew C. Ekwuribe stated that all prior issued Right of Way (RoW) by the State to Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and Internet Service Providers (ISPs), not yet implemented as at the day of this statement, is suspended.

 

 

The statement further revealed that the measure is important to ensure proper coordination and adherence to the policy guidelines as well as safeguarding the interests of both the public and private sectors.

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It warmed the ANYONE, corporate or individual, who violates the Policy, would be sanctioned and penalised in accordance with the law.

 

The Government called for full cooperation from all MNOs and ISPs, as the State strives to harmonise all ducts and create a conducive and decent environment for all.

 

 

Part of the statement reads this; “The signing of the Dig- Once Policy by His Excellency, the Governor of Abia State, Dr. Alex Otti, OFR, recently, marks a significant milestone in the advancement of Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructure in Abia State.

 

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“This policy will serve as a legal framework to guide the deployment of telecommunications infrastructure across the state, streamlining processes and ensuring efficient use of resources and harmonising all Fibre-optic Ducts.

 

“The Dig-Once Policy holds immense importance for our State’s future development. By coordinating/harmonising excavation and trenching activities along public Right-of-Ways (RoW), we can minimise disruptions, reduce costs, and expedite the deployment of broadband Internet services. This proactive approach not only enhances connectivity but also lays the groundwork for economic growth, innovation, and prosperity for all Abians”.

 

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