The Minister of Communications, Mr Adebayo Shittu, says the Federal Government plans to purchase two additional satellites for Nigeria Communication Satellite (NigComSat) at the cost of $550 million. Shittu disclosed this on Saturday while speaking with newsmen at the end of the 4th National Council on Communication Technology meeting in Kaduna.
|Minister of Communications, Mr Adebayo Shittu|
“We need just about 550 million dollars to acquire two new satellites; we are already negotiating with China EXIM Bank, who had assured us that they will deliver the money.
“With that, there will not be fear of any problem because there will be enough data collection centre and there will be reliability. The minister said that once there is adequate backup, all government institutions, agencies and ministries must necessarily patronise NigComSat. He said that a lot of the country’s money was being exported out to sustain other economy through data storage “Once we are sure that we have three satellites then we can beat our chest that nobody would take Nigeria money outside for the purpose of storing data.
Shittu also said that government intends to secure state-of-the-art mobile equipment that will be deployed to enforce compliance and also enable the detection, location and blocking of illegal users of spectrum. “ Effective radio spectrum monitoring would assist with intelligence gathering and support the security agencies in enhancing security and safety of citizens and the nation in general.
The minister pointed out that government has worked assiduously on setting the proper policy and strategic environment for the development of ICT in the country.
According to him, the Federal Government will expand its investments in ICT infrastructure to extend connectivity to unserved and underserved areas.
“In this regard, attention will be paid to the issue of multiple taxation of ICT infrastructure and we are working to have ICT infrastructure designated as Critical National Infrastructure. “We are also working to make more investments in building the capacity and harnessing the talents of our youth.
“In particular, we are increasing Accelerators and Incubator programmes as a means of building and harnessing the capacity of our increasingly ICT savvy youth population.