ZINOX BOSS COMMENDS IMO GOV., URGES OTHER STATE GOVS. TO COPY RIGHT OF WAY FEES REDUCTIONS

ZINOX BOSS COMMENDS IMO GOV., URGES OTHER STATE GOVS. TO COPY RIGHT OF WAY FEES REDUCTIONS

Zinox boss commends Imo Gov, urges other state Govs to copy Right of Way fees reduction

By
Modupe Abidoye

Chairman, Zinox Group, Leo Stan-Ekeh

Serial digital entrepreneur and Chairman, Zinox Group, Leo Stan Ekeh has hailed Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, for crashing the Right of Way (RoW) charges in the state by over 96 per cent.

The governor had recently signed an Executive Order No. 002, 2020 which slashed the current charges from N4500 to N145 per linear meter as stipulated by a Federal Government policy.
Ekeh believes the development is a step in the right direction for the government and people of Imo state.

‘‘I sincerely think this is the best palliative citizens of Imo state and corporate organizations doing businesses in Imo state have received this season. We intend to roll out multi-million-dollars optic fibre infrastructure across Imo, Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi and Abia States based on our signed partnership with the Federal Government on INFRACO project. This will significantly alter the destiny of people living in these states and connect them to the global community in no distant time.’’

Further, the Zinox Chairman affirmed that the move by the Imo State governor will go a long way in accelerating the pace of technological and overall human capital development in the state.

‘‘I commend the Imo State Governor, His Excellency Gov Hope Uzodinma, for the uncommon courage, political will and leadership he has shown by being the first governor in the South East to reduce the Right of Way charges. This decision alone has the potential of encouraging more corporate organizations and strategic investors to make critical investments in the state. In addition, it is bound to usher in all-round development, especially by helping citizens of Imo State take their rightful places in the contemporary economy as global citizens while enhancing their businesses and lifestyle.

‘‘With this development, the average Imo citizen will, in no time, have increased access to the internet and the limitless opportunities therein. This will equally stimulate many other sectors of the economy including e-learning, e-Health, e-Commerce, among others and put the state at par with civilized states in other climes. I congratulate the governor for this laudable step.’’

The serial digital entrepreneur, who urged other governors in the South East to borrow a leaf from the example of Uzodinma, added that people of the South East face an uncertain future if governors do not make critical decisions or investments that would better their lot.

‘‘Other governors in the South East can borrow a leaf from the example set by the Imo State governor. It is a very important development that would go a long way in positively altering the development narrative. Actually, the South East is in dire need of these kind of specific interventions due to the peculiar challenged faced by states in the region.

‘‘In fact, the South East region is blessed with a growing army of literate/educated, smart, very ambitious and talented youth, many of who are unemployed due to the near-absence or paucity of industries and other employment opportunities. This, coupled with the current harsh economic climate, may worsen the fate of these young people and push them over the edge, leading to more social problems. The South East, more than any other region in Nigeria today, faces the risk of an uncertain future if we – the governors, leaders and other stakeholders – do not do the right things to improve their circumstances,’’ he stated.
Equally important, Right of Way is the levy paid to state governments for the laying of optic fibre by telecoms operators. Indeed, the issue of Right of Way charges has been a thorny issue between players in the ICT sector including the Zinox Group and state governments over the years.

Uzodinma, who communicated his decision to slash the Right of Way charges in a statement, explained that the reduction was a manifestation of the state government’s determination to spur telecommunication and other companies to further invest in broadband infrastructure and trigger ancillary on-line services, especially in the field of education.

IMO STATE GOVERNMENT FLAGS OFF IMO STATE SOCIAL BENEFIT NUMBER (IMSSBN)

IMO STATE GOVERNMENT FLAGS OFF IMO STATE SOCIAL BENEFIT NUMBER (IMSSBN)

IMO STATE GOVERNMENT FLAGS OFF IMO STATE SOCIAL BENEFIT NUMBER (IMSSBN)

The Imo State Government has introduced the Imo State Social Benefit Number (IMSSBN).

The IMSSBN is an electronic Social Security Identification initiative which uniquely identify Imo state tax-paying citizens. The initiative is aimed at eliminating the issues of double taxation and ensuring easy accessibility to social benefits.

Speaking during the flag off, the Imo State Governor, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, who was represented by his Deputy, Hon. Engr. Gerald Irona revealed that the Social Benefit Number will allow Imo citizens access government loans and grants, among other social benefits.

Adding his voice, the Executive Chairman of Imo Internal Revenue Service, Nze Charles Onwunali, disclosed that the unique ID number is a prerequisite for applying and accessing government loans and grants, registration of business and property, and payment for government services.

Also importantly, the Imo State Social Benefit Number will eliminate double taxation in all forms.

Speaking further, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Technical Matters, Hon. Chinonso Uduocha noted that the Imo State Social Benefit Number is very necessary for the residents of the state, saying that it will help provide a database to easily allocate social benefits to Imo citizens.

To obtain your unique IMSSBN, walk into any Government office or visit the self-service portal on https://iirs.im.gov.ng for self-enrollment.

The Imo State Social Benefit Number (IMSSBN) is championed by the Imo Internal Revenue Service (IIRS).

Imo Bu Nke Anyi.

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IMO EMERGES BEST PERFORMING STATE IN ICT DEVELOPMENT

IMO EMERGES BEST PERFORMING STATE IN ICT DEVELOPMENT

IMO EMERGES BEST PERFORMING STATE IN ICT DEVELOPMENT

Imo State beat 35 other States of the Federation to emerge as the best overall performing State in ICT development and also third best state in E-Government Implementation in Nigeria.

The Awards were presented at the 7th Regular Meeting of the National Council on Communications and Digital Economy (NCCDE 2019) organized by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, which took place in Gombe State, on Monday.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Imo State Commissioner for Technology Development, Nze Meekam Mgbenwelu who received the awards, said the awards confirmed the Government’s commitment to ICT development in Imo State.

He also said that Governor Emeka Ihedioha has made ICT development a top priority in the State since his assumption of office, adding that this move has massively improved service delivery in Imo State.

The 7th Regular Meeting of the National Council on Communications and Digital Economy, which was chaired by the Hon. Minister for Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, gave States the opportunity to showcase ICT activities in their various States, particularly success stories in their application of ICTs in solving governance and development issues.

The Minister expressed delight at the committed efforts of the Imo State Government to the development of ICT in the State, and the Country at large.

The Minister also expressed the Federal Government’s readiness to partner with Imo State to achieve the nation’s vision of rapid transition to a functional digital society as envisioned by Governor Ihedioha.

The NCCDE meeting which was hosted by the Governor of Gombe State, Alhaji Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya, had the theme: Leveraging the Gain of ICT in Developing and Implementing Digital Economy Strategy in Nigeria.

Imo Bu Nke Anyi.

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