FMCI&DE Project 774: NIGCOMSAT Ltd Nears Completion Of First Phase

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Engr. Femi Obadare of NIGCOMSSAT Ltd installing a VSAT dish at Odukpani local government council headquarters of Cross River State.

The eagerly anticipated Presidential Project 774 VSAT Digital installation, spearheaded by the Hon. Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy (FMCI&DE), Dr. Bosun Tijani across the 774 local government areas in Nigeria, is steadily nearing completion of its first phase under the stewardship of NIGCOMSAT Ltd.

The project, initiated by the minister, aims to connect all local government area councils in Nigeria to the digital economy, with NIGCOMSAT Ltd tasked with handling 579 local government area councils. At the same time, the remainder will be managed by a sister agency.

NIGCOMSAT Ltd is entrusted with the responsibility of connecting these designated local government headquarters in Nigeria through satellite coverage, leveraging the Ka-band network asset of the NigComSat-1R communication satellite.

The ongoing phase one of the project, which has already commenced, covers 45 local government area councils across various states, including Borno, Cross River, Imo, Kogi, Kwara, Ogun, Sokoto and Zamfara. Progress in Imo, Zamfara and Cross-River states indicates that VSAT installation in all allocated local government councils for the first phase has been completed.

In Kogi, the assigned local government councils in the same phase are at ninety per cent completion, signalling significant progress. With the technical team’s resumption of work after the Sallah break, installation work is set to commence in all the assigned local government councils of Ogun and Kwara states.

However, in Borno State, NIGCOMSAT is awaiting the availability of logistics, assigned local government councils and contact persons to proceed with the installation process. As the project advances, it holds promise for enhancing digital connectivity and fostering economic development across Nigeria’s local government areas.

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