Dr Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, on Monday 22nd March, has officially launched the Capacity Development program on VSAT Core Skill installer and Flag-off Policy Implementation through the Training and Empowerment of 600 youths in Nigeria.
During the event, the Minister mentioned the geo-political zones in the country where the training would kick-off. These areas include:
- North West: Kano and Kebbi State(s)
- South West: Lagos and Ekiti State(s)
- North East: Bauchi and Gombe State(s)
- South East: Anambra and Abia State(s)
- North Central: Plateau and Niger State(s)
- South South: Rivers and Akwa-Ibom State(s)
VSAT is an acronym for “Very Small Aperture Terminal” which is a satellite system for communication that serves home and business users. Recently, the United Nations (UN) under the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recently came up with another global policy for building the capacity of citizens in the areas of VSAT Installation Core Skills.
According to the Minister, the training has a very large market and the VSAT installation is predicted by 2025 to provide a job for around $7.5billion. He also mentioned that considering our huge population in Nigeria, the earlier we realize and begin to build capacity in this regard, the better for us all.
VSAT Installation and Deployment has also been viable in many other countries like Asia, Latin America, and Mexico, etc. Recently, Mexico came up with the “Mexico connector”, a project in which internet connectivity would be provided in public places like markets, universities, airports, etc leverage on the same technique of VSAT Installation.
“VSAT is also in alignment with the National Digital Policy and Strategy for a Digital Nigeria, Nigerian National Program Plan, National Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship Policy, etc. This is why it was necessary to come up with a National Policy to drive the capacity building of our citizens in this regard.”, Dr. Isa Pantami Mentioned.
The initiative was launched under the auspices of the Nigeria Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) will see 600 youths undergo the first phase of its training.