The Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, has said that the Federal Government will continue to formulate policies that will promote the diversification of the nation’s economic base in order to ensure inclusive growth.

Shittu made this remarks at the opening ceremony at the 15th International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Resolution 609 Consultation meeting and Radio Navigation Satellite Service Symposium in Abuja.

According to him, it will be done in line with the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) through the promotion of services cum technologies such as radio navigation satellite system.

He said: “We are fully in support of backup satellite systems for NIGCOMSAT’S robust service delivery, continuity and expansion in areas and sectors that cover broadcasting, navigation, telecommunications services.”

The minister disclosed further that the Ministry of Communications was facilitating universal, ubiquitous and cost-effective access to communications throughout the nation as well as leveraging ICT for national development through specific policy targets, objectives, and priorities in thematic areas of ICT”.

He said: “Critical infrastructure protection has received special attention in recent changes to national investment policies in Nigeria. It is our pledge to sustain the industry and surpass our contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in line with the change agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari.”

Shittu maintained that as economies globally become increasingly dependent on ICT the government was interested in working closely with industry players and development partners to maximize the value of digital innovations for national growth.

In her address, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs. Nkechi Ejele, who was represented by Dr. Patrick Oguhma, expressed her delight for Africa, specifically Nigeria, for hosting the first ever International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Resolution 609 Consultation Meeting since its inception in 2003 in Geneva.

She said: “Everyone should agree that the equivalent power flux density level produced by all Radio Navigation Satellite Service System does not exceed the level of protection of Aeronautical Radio Navigation Service (ARNS) system.

“The Nigerian Communications Satellite 1R (NIGCOMSAT 1R) has L-Band transponder for navigation overlay services as Africa’s first contribution to Satellite–Based Augmentation System (SBAS)” Ejele added.

She promised government’s support for the Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited for its navigation overlay service in order to bridge the gap for effective and diversification of the economy.