The managing director of the Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) Limited, Mrs. Nkechi Egerton-Idehen has unveiled plans to revolutionise education in Nigeria through the deployment of NIGCOMSAT’s Educational Technology (EdTech) solutions.
This announcement was made during the NIGCOMSAT stakeholders’ engagement breakfast meeting held in Abuja.
Egerton-Idehen highlighted that the EdTech solution, utilising satellite broadband connectivity, aims to bring about a significant transformation in Nigeria’s education sector. She addressed the challenges faced by schools, noting that while efforts have been made to integrate technology into education by furnishing ICT laboratories with computers, the lack of affordable internet connectivity remains a major hindrance.
She emphasised that many ICT labs remain underutilised due to this connectivity issue, and some are only used for basic computer literacy rather than exploring the full spectrum of learning opportunities.
The managing director expressed the belief that the shift to satellite broadband connectivity would enhance engagement and motivation in classrooms, foster critical thinking and problem-solving, and facilitate the administration, documentation, and delivery of educational content.
To support advancements in the education sector, Egerton-Idehen outlined three key focus areas: promoting numeracy and literacy in primary schools, establishing digital libraries for secondary schools, and encouraging content creation for teachers while implementing learning management systems.
Additionally, the managing director introduced a customer experience and support solution for clients and potential clients, featuring an AI-powered chatbot and a call centre system.
The Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, Mr. Bosun Tijani reiterated NIGCOMSAT’s openness for business and partnerships during the stakeholders’ meeting. Represented by communications and media adviser, Mr. Osibo Imohoitsike, he emphasised the importance of the meeting in addressing challenges and formulating policies and infrastructure to foster entrepreneurship and training.
The executive director of marketing and business development at NIGCOMSAT, Dr. Najeem Salaam expressed optimism about the agency’s expanded services and operations in Ka-band broadband. He encouraged Nigerians to capitalize on the new opportunities, emphasising NIGCOMSAT’s readiness to lead in African technology. Salaam also highlighted the potential of L-band fleet management for the oil and gas sector and maritime services.