Abuja - The Federal Ministry of Communications
Technology has initiated a project aimed at removing arbitrary charges and
eradicating multiple taxations across the country.
The Smart States initiative aims to reduce Right of Way
(ROW) fees, standardise state levies and taxes on information and communication
technology (ICT) infrastructure.
According to a document this publication obtained from the
Ministry, the department is also convincing State Governors and the relevant
authorities to embrace the scheme.
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The Ministry said the aim of the Smart States initiative is
to ensure that effective measures are adopted to remove arbitrary charges and
eradicate multiple taxations across the nation.
“The initiative is based on the premise that engaging those
in authority at the state and federal level to address the issue of multiple
taxations impeding the rollout of critical infrastructures will enable speedy
deployment of critical infrastructure," read a statement.
"Through the initiative, the ministry is helping to
ensure that effective measures are adopted to remove arbitrary charges and
eradicate multiple taxations across the nation to enable faster deployment ICT
infrastructure across the country” the document said.
It added that other benefits to this agreement, include
standardise pricing on right of way, taxes and levies, thereby increasing the
predictability of cost for infrastructure development in the ICT sector.
The agreement is said to have reduced cost of network
deployment and shortened the period for application processing.
The initiative is being implemented in Lagos, Cross River,
Federal Capital Territory, Bayelsa and Ondo while the Anambra, Delta, Gombe and
Osun States, which have agreed to cooperate with government to become Smart
- CAJ News