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VSAT Training Programme Will Reduce Poverty, Criminal Activities – Pantami

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The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, has disclosed that the VSAT training programme will reduce the levels of poverty and criminal activities among youths.

He said this at the official launch of the National Policy on VSAT Installation Core Skills for Nigerians.

Pantami added that the programme will bring great benefits to and empower the youths by challenging them to become productive and useful to their immediate environment.

He said: “The training curriculum has been carefully designed in such a way that the required skills are easily transferred.

Although basic communication satellite knowledge will be learnt during the program, we took a unique approach that will concentrate on skills rather than theory to ensure that our ultimate goal of skill acquisition is achieved.

It is important to note that our approach is not only to transfer the skills, but we are committed to empowering the beneficiaries by providing the required VSAT Installation tools, digital equipment and startup packages as part of this Policy implementation program.

VSAT market is getting more prevalent

Digital technology drives innovation and creates job opportunities which lead to economic prosperity.

To develop and promote the digital economy for Nigeria, a National Digital Economy Policy for a Digital Nigeria was developed and launched by President Muhammadu Buhari, on the 28th of November, 2019.

The Policy has 8 pillars. These include Digital Literacy and Skills, Solid Infrastructure, Digital Services Development and Promotion and  Indigenous Content Development and Adoption.

As part of the implementation of this pillar, the Ministry developed a National Broadband Policy (2020-2025).

According to Satellite Market & Research publication, the VSAT market is getting more prevalent in several emerging economies, particularly in the Asia Pacific and Latin America. 

These markets are undertaking initiatives to digitalize their economies to compete with their developed competitors.

Pegaso Banda Ancha (PBA), a satellite company, has deployed over 22,000 VSATs since 2004 in collaboration with Mexico’s Ministry of Communication and Transport.

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The Nigerian Satellite (NigComSat–1R) is one of the critical national (solid) infrastructure that can be leveraged to deepen broadband penetration and to deliver Direct to Home (DTH) Services in the country.

What to expect from the programme

The programme would provide the required specialized skills for the promotion and deployment of satellite-based services in Nigeria.

Additionally, Nigerians would be equipped with the necessary skills to be able to install a VSAT and TVRO antenna anywhere to access all available satellite-based services.

600 youths from the six geo-political zones will benefit and become certified after the programme.

The first phase of the training will take place in the following States:

  1.     North West: Kano and Kebbi
  2.     North East: Gombe and Bauchi
  3.     North Central: Niger and Plateau
  4.     South West: Ekiti and Lagos
  5.     South East: Abia and Anambra
  6.     South South: Rivers and Akwa Ibom

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