Dr. Bosun Tijani, the Minister of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy, recently revealed that numerous job opportunities could be generated through various initiatives.
These initiatives include implementing a certified installer and maintenance program for Starlink and collaborating with local hardware startups to manufacture repeater boxes.
During a meeting with Ryan Goodnight, the Senior Director of Global Licensing and Activation at SpaceX, on Sunday at the International Telecommunication Union-World Radio Communication Conference in Dubai, the minister expressed his viewpoint.
On X (formerly Twitter), Dr. Tijani disclosed that he discussed the connectivity challenges faced by unserved and underserved Nigerians with the SpaceX director. Additionally, he explored the potential of job creation through these initiatives.
He tweeted, “Excellent conversation with Ryan Goodnight, Snr. Director, Global Licensing and Activation of @SpaceX on the sidelines of ITU-WRC 23, who shared that Nigeria is their biggest market in Africa.
“As demand for @Starlink continues to grow in Nigeria, we spoke about the issue of connecting unserved and underserved Nigerians.
I also mentioned the possibility of creating thousands of new jobs in Nigeria through initiatives like a certified installer/maintenance programme for Starlink and working with hardware startups to produce repeater boxes locally. Our intention is to encourage every tech company to invest and deepen our tech ecosystem @elonmusk.”
Furthermore, Dr. Tijani revealed that Nigeria has become Starlink’s largest market in Africa.
Since its official launch in Nigeria in January 2023, the telecommunications firm has already amassed 6,756 wireless Internet subscribers, according to data from the Nigerian Communications Commission.