The Managing Director of Nigerian Communications Satellite Mrs Nkechi Egerton-Idehen, says only 10 out of 54 African countries have satellite presence in space.
Egerton-Idehen, made this disclosure in an interview with journalists on Tuesday, shortly after her two-day visit to North-East regional office in Gombe State.
According to her, NIGCOMSAT was the first in West Africa, adding that it has become national pride due to the numerous advantages to businesses.
She said, “I see NIGCOMSAT as a national pride, it’s only a few countries that own satellite in space. Nigeria is the first country to own satellite in West Africa out of 54 countries in Africa only about 10 of them own satellite in space.
“This is a great national asset for corporate organisations, communities, government agencies to utilise we are giving them options.”
Speaking further Egerton-Idehen added, “In today’s world, the phrase the world is a global village rings truer than ever. Our foremost duty as a communications satellite operator is to enhance communication capabilities and infrastructure for the betterment of our people. We are determined to meet the mandate set by the Federal Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy: to provide universal, ubiquitous, and cost-effective access to communications infrastructure throughout the country, to strive for a Nigeria where the utilisation of ICT impacts all spheres from Agriculture, Education, Health, Enterprise, etc.”
Egerton-Idehen disclosed that NIGCOMSAT has initiated a restructuring process and reassessed its priorities to ensure that solutions flourish in the ever-changing market environment and compete effectively, yielding substantial profits.
“We aim to become the preferred choice and a leading partner in the industry. Technology is the engine of every economy, and NIGCOMSAT is now better positioned than ever to provide the nation with reliable internet services that will stimulate innovation and other advancements in the tech industry.
“We seek to work with the Gombe State Government not only to offer broadband access but also solutions that can enhance the operations of small and medium enterprises, as well as educational and healthcare services in the state. To our present and prospective partners in Gombe state and beyond. I want you to know that we are open for business,” Egerton-Idehen added