Nigeria looks to China, Belarus for ICT investors

By Kokumo Goodie, Lagos, Nigeria

Determined to woo investors to the information communication technology (ICT) sector, the Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu has travelled to the Republic of Belarus to attend an international conference on space technology, a forum where he will showcase the huge potential of the country before the international community.

He added that the meeting will also help to improve the nation's cyber space and the telecommunications sector.

His Special Assistant on Media, Victor Oluwadamilare, explained that the visit coincided with the award of a Carrier Spectrum Management (CSM) contract to one of the agencies in the Ministry, NIGCOMSAT by the Republic of Belarus.

Besides attending the conference, Barrister Shittu would also pay a working visit to the town of Fxichang, where he is expected to meet with leading telecommunications players in China.

Barrister Shittu is also scheduled to attend the launch of Belitersat1 satellite in the country which would afford him the opportunity to sell Nigeria's vast potentials in the sector to investors all over the world.

He is expected to return to Beijing at the weekend where he will parley with other stakeholders in the telecommunications industry.

Barrister Shittu had, on assumption of office, expressed his determination to make the telecommunications sector a cash cow for the nation's economy in view of its untapped potentials.

Meanwhile, NIGCOMSAT has become the first company in the African continent to tender and won the bid to provide a CSM and In- Orbit Test (IoT) services for Belintersat-1 which belongs to the Republic of Belarus.

“The contract award is expected to boost the company's drive to extend its products and services, thus making it a leading company in the satellite business the world over,” Oluwadamilare added.

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