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FG working tirelessly to purchase 2 additional satellites for NIGCOMSAT– Minister

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Adebayo Shittu

The Minister of Communications, Mr Adebayo Shittu, on Thursday said the Federal Government was working tirelessly to purchase two additional satellites for the Nigerian Communications Satellite Ltd. (NIGCOMSAT) to boost its services.

Shittu disclosed this when the Chairman, Board of NIGCOMSAT,

Mr George Moghalu, led the management team of NIGCOMSAT

on a visit to the Ministry of Communications in Abuja.

“ We had lived with the problem of having one satellite in orbit

and this is not the first time that journalists will appreciate that

we are working tirelessly to have two more satellites.

“By which time we will really enforce Nigerian companies and

establishments to patronise only Nigerian satellite

communication and this is a challenge we are working on.

“We are reaching new heights and getting new breakthroughs

and I hope that in another one month we would be able to

address the Nigerian public on what we have achieved.

“I believe that before the end of the tenure of this board we

would have attained that, ‘’ he said.

According to the minister, NIGCOMSAT is a business and an

important entity of the federal government as it was set up to

provide facility for satellite communication.

The minister said that when the board was inaugurated he

urged it to see its assignment in NIGCOMSAT as a rescue

mission as the establishment was where government had spent

a lot of money and it expected much more.

“ We have resolved to take major steps which will advance the

business of NIGCOMSAT.

“ I want to assure all Nigerians that we are all collaborating to

ensure that the agency becomes one of the most preferred

satellite company on the African continent, ‘’ he added.

Earlier, Moghalu said the team was in the ministry to express

the board’s gratitude to the minister and staff of the ministry.

He said the team appreciated the support that NIGCOMSAT had

consistently received from the ministry in the agency’s efforts

to reposition and be in the comity of satellite organisations all

over the world.

“There are other issues we have brought to the knowledge of

the minister especially in the areas we think that the ministry

can be of help so that we can achieve our set objectives.

“Let me also thank President Muhammadu Buhari for the

confidence he had in us as a team by appointing us as the

board of NIGCOMSAT with a clear mandate to turn the place

around to occupy its rightful position,” he said.

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