The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, on Friday inaugurated the Nigerian Communication Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) board of directors.
Inaugurating the board at the ministry’s headquarters in Abuja, the minister urged them to work hard and not take their work lightly adding that they should be committed to their duties.
He also encouraged the directors to cultivate the habit of reading so that they would explore and be up to date.
“Most importantly, if you are appointed in ICT sector today you can hardly deliver firstly without commitment.
“Secondly you need to read, you have to be up to date, and you need to learn, unlearn and re-learn, there are certain things you always need to learn.
“So, it is because of this I encourage all of you to sit properly and understand the assignment and the challenge before us.
“Partake in reading, reflection and experimenting to see how we can turn things around, that is something that is very critical indeed.
“You don’t have any time; you are to hit the ground running immediately. We have other things we are working on in order improve NIGCOMSAT.
“We are trying to make sure that NIGCOMSAT is not only competitive in Nigeria, but in Africa and Asia. I challenge you to try to turn things around,” he said.
In his remarks, the Board Chairman, Mr Yusuf Kazaure, expressed delight and gratitude for the opportunity and support to be of service to the agency.
Kazaure said that the vision of NIGCOMSAT was compelling, adding that it was something that would bring unity and make it part of the drive to achieve a digital economy in the country.
He explained that satellite was inevitably necessary for a large country such as Nigeria and Communication continues to be something so important that one cannot do without.
He promised to work with the ambitious targets by the minister using satellite and creating the necessary partnership with other agencies within and outside the agency.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that other directors sworn in were: Mr Hadi Mohammed, Mr Abdu Bambale and Dr Najeem Salaam.