Communications Minister inaugurates boards of Agencies

Na’ankwat Dariem, Abuja

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Thirty Six board members of Parastatals and Agencies under the Nigerian Ministry of Communications has been inaugurated.

The Minister of Communications, Dr Adebayo Shittu while inaugurating the members, advised them to use their expertise to reposition the ICT sector toward improving the economy and increase the Nation’s GDP

Dr Shittu noted that the communication sector is being overhauled to meet international standards and towards making Nigeria an e-Economic country.

“Work is ongoing in some of our agency; NIPOST is undergoing a restructuring and modernisation process which is aimed at a thriving market-driven entrepreneurial conglomerate focusing on innovation. In Nigcomsat we are focusing on acquiring additional capacity to operate effectively as a commercial Satellite and to adequately compliment regular ICT Infrastructure in bridging connectivity gaps in hard to reach and remote area of the country,” He said

The minister also said that if the ICT sector is properly harnessed, it can reduce poverty and increase job opportunity in the country.

“It has been suggested that the Devices, Software solutions and e-Commerce Sector alone could employ well over 45 million Nigerian.  Increased in ICT infrastructure would solidify national security, strengthen sovereignty and promote good governance in Nigeria,” He said

Speaking on behalf of other members of boards the Chairman of the board of Nigeria Communication Satellite ,NICOMSSAT, Mr. George Moghalu  expressed members willingness to turn the Nigerian ICT sector into the a globally market.

The agencies include; Nigeria Communication Satellite, Nigcomsat, National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA and Nigeria Postal Service, Nipost.

 

Aisha JM