Council Makes Case For Launch Of Two New Communication Satellites
The 8th Regular Meeting of the National Council on Communications and Digital Economy (NCCDE) has called for the launching of high-throughput satellite, NigComSat-2 and NigComSat-3 communication satellites for continuity of services as NigComSAT-1R is fast approaching its end of life (EOF).
The council took the step in accordance with the position presented to it by the NIGCOMSAT Ltd team led by the Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Abimbola Alale, through deliberations and syndicate group scrutiny, evaluation and ratification of all issues presented to them.
The meeting with the theme: ‘Leveraging Digital Economy Policies & Strategies for Economic Recovery in a COVID-19 Era and Beyond’ was chaired by the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ibrahim Ali Pantami. He was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, Mr. Musa Fuktur Istifanus.
The council had given approval for the full commercialization of NIGCOMSAT Ltd during the 7th National Meeting held in Gombe in 2019 for profitability.
Also, in 2018, the council recommended amongst other things, the extension of budgetary allocation to NIGCOMSAT Ltd to complete the required upgrade and acquisition of additional satellites for smooth operations of NIGCOMSAT Ltd.
Amongst other things considered by the Council 2020 meeting include the adoption of new digital infrastructure in the country through the collaboration of the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, state governments and private sector should be fast track.
Equally important is the collaboration between states and the federal government for the annual celebrationof the Digital Nigeria Day. Out of 110 memoranda received, 93 were considered while 17 were stepped down.