The Liberian Assistant Minister of Planning in the Ministry of Education, Mr. Dominic Kwenme has said that Nigeria is driving Africa into the technological realm with the ownership of Nigerian Communications Satellite, NIGCOMSAT.
He said this during the presentation of NIGCOMSAT products and services to the Ministry’s headquarters in Moronvia, Liberia recently.
He further said that Nigeria has set the ball rolling for the rest of African countries to take advantage and make the best use of it, while also expressing confidence that Africa would take its rightful place in the emerging technological breakthrough despite the inability to push through its development stride, since independence.
‘‘I am proud to be part of this historic meeting which is meant to drive Africa especially the underserved countries to quickly meet up with the developed world and Nigeria is doing us proud.’’ Kwenme said.
In reaction, Liberia’s Minister of Education, Prof. Ansu Sonii explained to the delegation that ‘‘the government of George Mennah Weah is pro-poor and that the President of Liberia is concerned with the welfare of the people of Liberia and is working hard to ensure that the country get out of the poverty line and enhance education for its people.
“With NIGCOMSAT at their bake and beacon, we need not to look elsewhere to facilitate an enduring reach that will shape our destiny and the destiny of our children.” He added.
While welcoming the delegation, Liberian president, George Weah said the ministry will not refuse to key into a laudable project like NIGCOMSAT which is meant to improve the lives of the ordinary citizen.
Recall that that Premium Times had earlier reported that Nigeria would launch two satellites soon. In May 2007, NIGCOMSAT Ltd launched its first geostationary satellite, NigComSat-1 into orbit. During its service life, it hosted a number of customers from the broadcasting industry, internet service providers, telecommunication operators and telepresence solutions and also provided customer support to its end users.
Following the satellite failure, which was due to a malfunction of the Solar Array Deployment Assembly (SADA), NigComSat-1 was de-orbited on the 10th of November 2008, according to NIGCOMSAT.