Adejoke Adeleye/ Abeokuta
The Federal Government of Nigeria is to planning to establish two extra satellites to support the Nigeria Communication Satellite (NIGCOMSAT).
Minister for Communication, Dr. Adebayo Shittu, who disclosed this at the opening ceremony of the 6th regular meeting of the National Council on Communication Technology (NCCT), held in Abeokuta, revealed that this is towards boosting the telecommunications industry.
According to Shittu, Federal Government is committed to using Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) as a means of economic diversification.
This, he said, will help in the nation’s economic recovery and massive employment generation for the teeming youths.
Shittu revealed that the country’s Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has increased from $32 billion in 2015 to $40 billion in 2018.
The minister commended Governor Ibikunle Amosun for using ICT as a veritable tool for development in the state.
Declaring the meeting open, the governor of the State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun stated that the state is committed to sustaining an ICT driven environment, adding that it will always play significant role in his administration.
He said his government would continue to work to channel the energy of youths into technology, calling on participants to delibrate on initiatives that will make ICT serve as weapon of mass development rather than weapon of mass destruction.
The governor however urged the council to come up with a control mechanism to checkmate and curb illegal usage of social media platforms because it willl help the nation, especially now that the it is approaching the electioneering year.
In his goodwill message, Post Master General of the Federation, Barr. Bisi Adegbuyi, stressed the need for leveraging on technology and embracing its importance to solve human challenges.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Mr. Bunmi Adebayo, in his welcome address, commended the participants for their contributions, since the beginning of the conference.