The Federal Government of Nigeria has initiated discussions with Elon Musk's Starlink on setting up programs that will create jobs in Nigeria through local maintenance and production of its hardware.
The Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, Dr Bosun Tijani, who disclosed this on Sunday, said the discussions happened on the sideline of the ongoing International Telecommunication Union-World Radio Communication (ITU-WRC) Conference in Dubai. Tijani said he met with the Senior Director of Global Licensing and activation of SpaceX, Ryan Goodnight.
“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. We intend to encourage every tech company to invest and deepen our tech ecosystem,” the Minister said.
The conversation focused on the possibility of Starlink creating a program to certify local installers and maintenance personnel in Nigeria and contracts with hardware startups in the country to produce Starlink's repeater boxes locally.