Service Distinction Sealed Migration To NIGCOMSAT, NTA DG Reveals

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A cross section of NIGCOMSAT officials and African Union Broadcasting delegates during the study tour of NIGCOMSAT’s facility in Abuja.

The director-general of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Mr. Salihu Dembos, has revealed that the station’s decision to migrate to NIGCOMSAT Ltd has resulted in improved services.

Dembos, leading a delegation from the African Union Broadcasting (AUB) in Nigeria to strengthen the broadcasting landscape, visited NIGCOMSAT. NIGCOMSAT, a leading player in the Nigerian communication satellite industry, warmly welcomed the AUB delegates.

The managing director of NIGCOMSAT Ltd, Engr. Tukur Lawal, expressed confidence in the company’s ability to expand its satellite services to African nations. NIGCOMSAT, a significant enabler of the digital broadcasting industry in Nigeria and across Africa, aims to contribute to the region’s progress.

Representing the executive director of administration and finance at NIGCOMSAT, Mallam Hadi Mohammed, Lawal revealed the company’s keen interest in the activities of AUB during the 14th General Assembly held in Abuja. The event brought together broadcasting professionals from across Africa. Lawal stressed the importance of the broadcasting industry focusing on the digital space and generating sufficient resources to sustain operations through the use of visual content.

“I assure you that you have come to the right place. Our direct-to-home (DTH) platform hosts over 50 channels, catering to broadcasters who trust us to deliver diverse media content to their customers’ homes. Additionally, our platforms offer free-to-air, free-to-view, pay television channels, and video-on-demand services,” stated Mohammed.

He further elaborated, “We possess two Direct-To-Home (DTH) licenses and twenty-nine (29) Direct Satellite Broadcasting (DSB) licenses. Together, we transmit channels over NIGCOMSAT-1R, with contributions already coming from Egypt and Kenya. We welcome other African countries to join us on the NigComSat 18 satellite.”

Lawal emphasised that the future belongs to broadcasting, urging Africa to seize the opportunity and position itself as a beneficiary in the digital age. NIGCOMSAT possesses the necessary resources to provide a competitive edge to its partners.

During the visit, both Dembos, the acting director-general of NTA, and the AUB leader shared their experiences and praised the exceptional performance of the station since migrating to NIGCOMSAT Ltd.

“We chose NigComsat because we are proud of its performance. As the director-general of the Nigerian Television Authority, I can confidently say that NIGCOMSAT has delivered one of the best services in the history of our organization. In the past, we relied on foreign companies, but in recent years, we have migrated to NIGCOMSAT,” explained Dembos.

He continued, “This delegation presents an opportunity to engage with NIGCOMSAT’s management and leverage the accessibility and availability of this satellite company, which is a source of pride for Africa.”

The visit of AUB delegates to NIGCOMSAT signifies a significant milestone in strengthening the broadcasting ecosystem in Nigeria and Africa as a whole. With NIGCOMSAT’s advanced infrastructure and commitment to excellence, the collaboration between these entities promises to bring about transformative growth and advancement in the digital broadcasting domain.

Oluchi Okorafor
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