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Government relying heavily on foreign satelite firms

24 March 2014, 13:18

Abuja - The Nigeria Communication Satellite (NigComSat) has expressed concern at government institutions’ reliance on the services of foreign satellite firms.

The country’s premier commercial satellite company said the trend was worrisome and responsible for capital flight to other countries.

Acting Managing Director of NigComSat, Abimbola Alale, in a statement pleaded with government agencies and local firms to desist from such practices which she described as “unpatriotic.”

She said NigComSat had enough bandwidth for all stakeholders.

According to Alale to NigComSat, as a national operator, was mandated to meet the bandwidth requirements of the nation as the policy initiative was aimed in part at reducing the capital flight caused by patronage of foreign satellite operators.

She said her agency was committed to reduce the recurrent lingering cycles of capital flights by corporate organisations and government agencies and bring to its barest minimum cost of doing business via internet.

She noted that NigComSat 1R presently had the best satellite coverage over Nigeria, adding that the satellite was specifically designed to provide bandwidth for services within Nigeria and several other African nations.

– CAJ News

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