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Pantami tasks NIGCOMSAT on KPI, sets new roadmap



L-r: Prof. Isa Pantami, minister, Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy with Dr Abimbola Alale, managing director, Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) Limited, during a recent visit to the Minister's office by the MD

Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), minister of Communications and Digital Economy, has once again tasked the management and staff of the Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT) on a new Key Performance Index (KPI) capable of transforming the agency into an opportunity-driven entity capable of taking on risks in the fast-growing Nigerian ICT sector.

Dr. Abimbola Alale, the managing director, NIGCOMSAT Ltd, revealed this as she unveiled two new subsidiary companies created within NIGCOMSAT, to stakeholders and channel partners, at the just concluded  NIGCOMSAT Stakeholders’ Forum, with the theme, ‘NIGCOMSAT Ltd: The Present and The Future.’

Dr Alale said, based on the directives of the Minister, NIGCOMSAT is strategically positioning itself for potential opportunities and risks, hence the creation of operational structures to facilitate its business aspirations.

“As we strive to achieve our vision to be the leading satellite communication solutions provider in Nigeria and Africa, NIGCOMSAT in 2020, obtained approval to form two subsidiary companies (SUBCOs). Firstly is the Satellite Infrastructure Company (SIC) which, should provide satellite upstream services such as Transponder Leasing, and In-orbit-Testing (IOT) services, Carrier Spectrum Management (CSM) services’ etc. And secondly, the Satellite Broadband and Broadcasting Company (SBBC) set to provide satellite downstream services such as broadband internet services, Broadcasting (DTH) services, amongst others,” she explained.

The Stakeholders’ Forum that held in Lagos gave NIGCOMSAT an opportunity to take stock of its achievements in the preceding years.

It was also the perfect avenue for channel partners and stakeholders in the telecoms industry to review NIGCOMSAT’s performance and operations.

NIGCOMSAT is a key player in the Nigeria National Broadband Plan (NNBP 2020-2025) as published by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy and launched by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The forum, according to Adamu IdrisGM, corporate affairs and special project, thus, highlighted the contributions of NIGCOMSAT Ltd as a national digital economy service infrastructure providing satellite communication solutions to an array of customers.

Speaking on the modest contributions of the company in the past years, Engr. Gbenga Adebayo, chairman, Association of Licensed Telecom Operators of Nigeria, ALTON, extol the operations of the company and urged its debtors to endeavour to pay up within the stipulated time for services rendered.

“Satellite operations are key to telecommunications growth in the country, so NIGCOMSAT Ltd should be guided to succeed by all stakeholders,” said Engr. Adebayo.

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