Nigeria To Launch Two New Satellites To Space – Minister

satellite nigeriaThe Minister of Communications, Mr Adebayo Shittu, Tuesday said Nigeria would launch two additional satellites to space to improve local communication capacity.
Shittu said businesses in Nigeria were skeptical of linking the only satellite Nigeria has because of fear of crash.
The minister, speaking during a town hall meeting in Kaduna on the one year anniversary of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, said legislation would be made to protect investment, patronage and compel Nigerian institutions to host their information locally.
Shittu said the administration would encourage e-government to cut bureaucratic bottlenecks.
He added that the government would invest N2.1 billion to reposition the Galaxy Backbone Limited, which serves as the public service connectivity clearing house.
“Already, we are making effort to get funding both locally and from foreign partners for the completion of the project”, he said
“Once it is completed, it would be possible for government to store all its information”.
The minister announced plans to turn the Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) into a conglomerate, by fully utilising its vast assets located in 2,500 towns and cities across Nigeria.
“Soon, NIPOST would become big business, a conglomerate, he said”.
He said the plan included the creation of a NIPOST bank to promote financial inclusiveness in rural areas.
“To allow for rural inquisitiveness in financial services, if you have your parent in the rural area without bank you can now use the post office to send money and in real time the money is being received.
“We will also have NIPOST insurance to take care of insurance services and NIPOST logistics and transport service”.
He said such services would be in line with global trend.
“If you look at the NIPOST facilities, they are virtually in every location.
“We think that we can have NIPOST properties where private sectors can invest in constructing high rise residential buildings, malls and shopping complex on a public private partnership basis”.
He said this development would generate revenue for government and improve the nation’s economy.
Shittu told the audience that the Digital Bridges Institute located in Abuja would be turned into an ICT university.
He said it would be dedicated to producing high level manpower for the ICT industry in Africa.
“Opportunities would be opened for our children to enlist in the university to train for top jobs in the ICT industry”. (NAN)


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