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Otti signs ‘Dig Once Policy’ to regulate telecom, public utilities assets in Abia.

Governor Alex Otti, has signed “Dig Once Policy” to signal his administration’s bold move to prepare the state for technological advancement.

The policy is an official document of Abia State Government that would regulate the laying and installation of underground broadband technology assets and other public utility infrastructure for individual and enterprise use in urban and semi-urban areas.

In his remarks after signing the document at Government House Umuahia, Otti said the policy was expected to guide technology companies, construction outfits and all other entities “whose activities and business model involve excavation, laying of cables and installation of underground utility infrastructure and technology assets.”

He said the policy would also “bring about drastic reduction in the needles losses arising from the destruction of underground cables and other infrastructure” in the course of projects construction and subsequent disruption in internet services.

Otti said the policy was a product of strategic inter-ministerial collaboration, directed by his office with the active involvement of the state’s ministries of Digital Economy and SMEs; Science and Technology as well as Works Ministries.

According to him, the signing of the policy signals the commitment of his administration to tap into the endless opportunities and promises of the world of high-speed internet and telecommunications services.

“The focus is to make high speed internet widely accessible to individuals and businesses in ways that support the adoption of smart enterprise initiatives, improved innovation and expanded access to global markets”, he added.

“The Dig Once Policy is therefore looking beyond just laying of underground cables and pipes. The goal is more far-reaching as we hope to drive job creation for our young people through this policy, fight poverty and make life better for everyone, no matter where they live.

“The Dig Once Policy will be our most effective tool of coordinating all excavation and trenching projects along utility corridors in ways that avoid duplication of efforts and also protect our road infrastructure from unintended consequences. Through the erection of underground ducts, service providers can seamlessly deploy their service infrastructure at reduced costs in finances and time,” Governor Otti stated.

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