Nigeria: Yar’Adua directs NCC to grant NIGCOMSAT licence

October 30, 2007 • Mobile and Telecoms

President Umaru Yar’Adua has directed the National Communications Commission (NCC) to grant Frequency and Operating Licence to Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) Limited.

A statement by Mr Niyi Ibietan, NIGCOMSAT head, Corporate Communications, in Abuja, said the President’s approval is contained in a letter issued by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Amb. Babagana Kingibe.

”Mr President’s re-approval of the frequency and operating licence was conveyed to the Minister of Science and Technology, Chief Grace Ekpiwhre, through the SGF, Amb. Babagana Kingibe,” the statement said.

Our correspondent recalls that NIGCOMSAT request for a licence to operate as an end-to-end service provider, generated controversies.

This led to a Federal Executive Council decision empowering the BPE to privatize the company.

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, on the eve of his leaving office, directed the NCC to grant a licence to NIGCOMSAT but this was not carried out.

The licence would allow NIGCOMSAT to operate as a GSM service provider.



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