The Federal Government has finalised plans to boost communication in the country by establishing two extra satellites to support the Nigeria Communication Satellite (NIGCOMSAT).
Disclosing this yesterday at the 6th Regular Meeting of National Council on Communication Technology (NCCT) holding in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, the Minister of Communication,Dr. Adebayo Shittu, said this was towards boosting the Telecommunications industry.
He stated the Federal Government is committed to using Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) as a means of economic diversification, adding that it would 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 open the meeting, the Senator Amosun stated that the state was committed to sustaining an ICT driven environment, adding that it would always play significant role in his administration.
He disclosed that his government would continue to work to channel the energy of youths into technology, calling on participants to deliberate on initiatives that would make ICT serve as weapon of mass development rather than weapon of mass destruction.
The governor urged the council to come up with a control mechanism to checkmate and curb illegal usage of social media platforms. This, he said, would help the nation, especially now as the country is approaching the electioneering year.
In his goodwill message, Post Master General of the Federation, Barr. Bisi Adegbuyi, stressed the need to 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.