Segun Awofadeji in Gombe
Gombe state Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has said that his administration will leverage on the high tech innovation and services offered by the Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited(NIGCOMSAT) to advance its e-governance and other digital inclusion strategies.
Governor Yahaya stated this when he played host to the Management of NIGCOMMSAT, led by its Managing Director, Mrs Abimbola Alale who paid him a courtesy visit at the Governor’s lodge in Abuja.
The Governor who underscored the importance of Information communications technology in the sustainability of development, said his administration right from onset had developed an ICT blueprint and keyed into the federal government’s digitization agenda, adding that plans have already reached advanced stage for the establishment of Gombe State Information Technology Development Agency.
According to a Press release issued by Ismaila Uba Misilli,Senior Special Assistant ( Media and Publicity) to Gombe state Governor and made available to newsmen in Gombe Tuesday, Governor Yahaya said with NIGCOMMSAT’S setting up of its north east regional office in Gombe, the satellite operator will have in the state government a partner in its broadband and other broadcast services.
” For us, the order of the day is for everyone to go digital. That is why during the transition period prior to my inauguration as the state Governor, I set up a committee on Information Communications Technology under the chairmanship of Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, when he was then the DG of NITDA to help us fashion out a digital technology plan and strategy that will engender efficiency and effectiveness in our governance and support our teeming youth to take advantage of the ICT to advance their knowledge and socio-economic activities”.
“We appreciate the efforts of NIGCOMSAT in trying to change our fortunes for the better through your services. Let me assure you of our support to facilitate your setting up of the regional office in Gombe and patronage as you do your business here which I believe will come with a lot of opportunities for our people, especially with covid-19 and its consequential restrictions and protocols”.
Earlier, the Managing Director of NIGCOMSAT, Mrs Abimbola Alale, commended the efforts of Governor Inuwa Yahaya in bringing Innovation to the governance of Gombe state, saying their broadband and satellite services will further support the Governor’s digitization and e-governance drive.
She disclosed that NIGCOMSAT Limited, which owns and operates the Nigerian Communications Satellite systems is opening its North east regional office in Gombe.
She said the establishment of the office will create a lot of opportunities for the people of the state in terms of manpower development, business, e-learning, tele medicine services and e-governance among others.
The Managing Director said the company will partner with the state ministry of science and technology and other companies that may spring up on account of the presence of NIGCOMSAT in Gombe on all ICT related businesses and activities. END