FG set to procure two new satellites — Shittu

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The Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu has announ-ced that the federal government is set to procure two new satellites to the already existing one.

This was disclosed during the Indo-Africa 2018 ICT Expo Summit held in Lagos recently.

According to him, a lot of Nigerian resources are being wasted on foreign exchange services, largely because Nigerians do not have the confidence that they can rely on a company with only one Satellite.

He said, “Of course, it is quite risky because data could be lost if it breaks down or gets stuck.”

The Minister therefore noted that preparations and efforts have been made coupled with the co-operation of the Chinese Government.

“We are working hard to acquire two more Satellites and I am quite pleased that the Chinese Government is helping us with that. Soonest the problem will be solved.

“By the time we have enough in terms of quality and quantity, and then we can make regulations to ensure that no Nigerian establishment patronizes foreign Satellite communication services”, Shittu said.

Speaking further, Barrister Shittu also disclosed that Information and communication technology (ICT) innovation is all about the private sector. He thereby encourages Nigeria ICT industries to make use of the different platforms Federal Government is creating from time to time.

According to him, the Federal Governments only responsibility is to provide an enabling environment for ICT growth in the country.

Upon his visit to India, the Minister applauded the country- India for its already established ICT sector.

He also stated that the collaboration between Nigeria and India would enhance digital transformation that would boost the Nigerian Economy.

“I am amazed that a country that does not belong to the Western region can achieve this much with ICT. Here we are right now with the result by bringing symbol of it to Nigeria so as to facilitate diverse opportunities to the sector here in the country”, Shittu noted.

The minister therefore appealed to Nigerian private sectors, especially those engaged with ICT to collaborate with professionally experienced one so as to establish the sector in Nigeria.

While speaking with the Press, the Minister noted that “It is not enough to be mere marketers of ICT products and services. It is more important to collaborate with the experienced ones so as to help to establish platforms and factories here.

“I always challenge foreign ICT companies whenever they come to the country that they will not have satisfied the Nigeria condition until they establish factories here so that Nigerians can enjoy the opportunities it offers such as trainings, employment and all of that.

“For me, we have started right. It is now the responsibility of Nigerians to responsed to the platform that government is putting out”, he emphasized.

Speaking on the Nigeria ICT roadmap, Shittu stated that there are about five major agencies under the Federal Ministry of Communications.

He also added that the Ministry’s role is to provide policies and directions while the agencies duty is to actualize tactical experiences to what can be done.

“For instance, we have the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) which is in charge of sensitizing and regulating the activities in the telecommunications industry to ensure we have the right licenses, processes and monitoring.

“What NCC does for the telecommunication industry, NITDA does it for the technology industry particularly internet and the like”, Shittu said.

The High Commissioner of India in Nigeria, B.N Reddy said the focus of the Indian Government is to collaborate with the Nigerian government to scale up the ICT skills in Nigeria. This, he said, would require networking at various levels of government, industries and the academia.

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