Nigeria to launch new satellite in 2022 – Pantami

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Nigeria will launch a new communications satellite (Sat 2) into orbit this year, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami has said.

Pantami, who revealed it during a one-day working visit and interaction with Nigerian communications satellite staff in Abuja on Monday, said he had obtained approval from President Muhammadu Buhari to buy another communication satellite for the country.

The minister said the new satellite will boost the country’s satellite communication capacity as well as the economy.

He also revealed that he had gone further to lobby the finance minister to include this in the 2022 budget.

Daily Trust reports that the Federal Government has earmarked the sum of N2.5 Billion Naira for the Satellite 2 project in the 2022 draft budget.

The federal government announced in 2017 its intention to raise the $550 million needed to build two new communications satellites for Nigeria, which the Chinese Export and Import Bank agreed to provide.

In addition, the minister said he approved the establishment of some subsidiaries under NIGCOMSAT, as part of the ongoing effort to revive the institution on the path of progress and productivity.

”Since 2019, I have been so passionate about the success of NIGCOMSAT. Starting with the suspension of the privatization of NIGCOMSAT.

“In fact, I got Mr. President’s approval for the purchase of another satellite. I went further to lobby the Minister of Finance to include this in the 2022 budget.

“I also approved the establishment of some subsidiaries under NIGCOMSAT as part of efforts to revive the business and make it innovative and productive,” he said.

Pantami, who told company staff that innovation in the agency was not enough and needed to be improved, instructed them to turn the institution around to justify suspending the proposed privatization plan.

The minister said: “You need to make a difference through the unique and efficient service you are able to provide and the revenue you generate for the government.

“It’s a tough job to revive an institution and make it very successful, which you have to do. The challenge of reviving NIGCOMSAT is not just a necessity but an obligation for all staff,” he added.

Speaking on NITDA’s revolution, Pantami said that through innovative policies and implementation, he managed to increase NITDA’s revenue from 7 billion naira to 19 billion naira a year, an agency which was to be removed according to Orosanye’s report.

”We relaunched NITDA and the agency has become a benchmark for any IT project.”

Earlier in her welcome address, NIGCOMSAT Director General Dr. Abimbola Alale welcomed the support given to the agency by the Minister and assured him that his staff would rise to the new challenge and ensure that he respects the mandate given. by the minister.

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