Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has instructed Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) to connect to the new Nigerian Communications Satellite replacement, NigComSat-1R. This would ensure new technology helps governance to benefit Nigerians he said during a speech on Monday.
According to Jonathan, this marks the start of commercial satellite activities to benefit Nigerians and the world at large.
He added: “There is nothing to worry about as government has set in motion plans to launch NigComSat 2 and 3 as back-up to Nigcomsat-1R.”
He said the back-ups would provide insurance in case anything unexpected should happen.
Jonathan said during his speech: “I urge all ministries, department and agencies, MDAs, to hook up to NigComSat-1R to take the advantage of this new technology to quicken and expedite governance to the benefit of Nigerians.
“One of the critical objectives of this administration is the need to improve the living conditions of our people by creating economic emancipation and empowerment through ICT, which has remained a viable transformation vehicle for our economic stability, educational growth and social welfare.
“China has been one of our bigger trade partners with whom we have very robust bilateral relationship. That this satellite was replaced at no cost to Nigeria testified to the faith and confidence that country has in Nigeria.”