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Shittu says investors coming with $4b for rural telephony


Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu

Adebayo Shittu, Nigeria’s head of Delegation to the just concluded World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS FORUM 2017) in Geneva, Switzerland and minister of Communications, has struck a business deal to facilitate over $4 billion telecommunication investments from India to Nigeria, especially on rural telephony.

Victor Oluwadamilare, minister’s media adviser said in a press release that while making his presentation at one of the sessions on the various business opportunities that beckons in the nation’s telecom sector and the need for investors around the world to take full advantage of Nigeria’s strategic relevance and positioning in Africa, Shittu extended a hand of fellowship to Indian investors and leading telecom stakeholders.

“Barr. Shittu’s captivating account of Nigeria’s government’s new capabilities, transparency and the new set of business ethos under President Muhammadu Buhari, are the impetus required for investors to be engaged in legitimate businesses without let or hindrance to get adequate and timely returns on their investments.


“The audience who were held spell bound by the various giant strides of the Minister, as encapsulated by the different on-going reforms in the agencies under the Ministry, and in the overall telecom sector in the country were desirous of doing business in Nigeria”, he said.

“At a side meeting with the ostensibly elated business gurus and key investors, Oluwadamilare, continued, “a couple of Indian entrepreneurs convinced of the Minister’s olive branch and sincerity of purpose, jumped at the offer to pull resources together in excess of $4 billion, to be invested in Nigeria’s telecom sector with emphasis on rural telephony and grassroots development.

“The two parties are due to meet next month to fine tune the necessary modalities.Meanwhile, other countries with technical expertise have also indicated interest to assist the country over satellite capabilities, so as to expand the horizon of NIGCOMSAT”.

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