20th October, 2022
By Stellamaris Ashinze and Oku Offiong
The Federal Government is set to unveil a conduit masterpiece in every part of the country that will give future providers easier and cheaper installation of their services.
Prof. Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy said this at the 4th Edition of the Policy Implementation Assisted Forum (PIAFO) on Wednesday in Lagos.
Pantami said the idea tagged: National Dig Once Policy would enable future network providers to install fibre by threading it through the existing conduit.
In his address called: Laying the foundation for ubiquitous broadband for Nigeria’s economic breakthrough, Pantami said the policy would encourage infrastructure sharing among stakeholders.
The minister, who was represented by Engr Usman Ali, Deputy Director of the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC), said the “Dig Once” would discourage regular digging in the country.
He added that the synergy would promote the seamless installation of fibre ducts for effective broadband and reduce the barriers to Internet service providers.
According to him, Dig Once Policy promotes the safety of citizens, reduces traffic congestion on the line and allows comprehensive planning.