FG Plans to Launch Two New Satellites – Minister

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Adebayo Shittu, the Minister of Communication in Nigeria has said that Nigeria is making plans to launch two additional satellites into space. This is to improve local communication capacity. During a town hall meeting in Kaduna which marked one year anniversary of president Muhammadu Buhari’s administration on Tuesday, he noted that in Nigeria, businesses are sceptical of linking the only satellite the country has presently in case of it crashing.

He assured that efforts are being made to get funding both locally and from foreign partners and that adequate legislation would be made to protect investment and patronage which would in turn, compel Nigerian institutions to host their information locally rather than patronizing foreign hosting companies. Government also will be able to store all its information and to be able to connect within government

Shittu said the administration would encourage e-government to cut bureaucratic bottlenecks.

“Government would invest N2.1 billion to re-position the Galaxy Backbone Limited, which functioned 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.”

“Once it is completed, it would be possible for government to store all its information and to be able to connect within government,” he said.

The minister went further to announce that plans are being made to turn the Nigeria Postal Service into a conglomerate by fully utilizing its vast assets located in 2,500 towns and cities across Nigeria. He also stated that the Digital Bridges Institute in Abuja would be made into an ICT University which would be dedicated to producing high level manpower for the ICT industry in Africa.

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