The Federal Government of Nigeria says it engaged Elon
Musk’s internet company, Starlink, on the need to set up programs that will
create jobs in Nigeria through local maintenance and production of its
The Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital
Economy, Dr Bosun Tijani, disclosed this on Sunday through his verified X
He said 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.
He said the discussion centred on how Starlink could create
a program to certify local installers and maintenance personnel in Nigeria and
contracts for hardware startups to produce Starlink’s repeater boxes locally.
“Excellent conversation with Ryan Goodnight, Snr. Director,
Global Licensing & 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 discussed connecting unserved and
“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
“We intend to encourage every tech company to invest and
deepen our tech ecosystem,” the Minister added.
Recall that in January this year, Elon Musk announced the
deployment of SpaceX in Nigeria.