Dr. Bosun Tijani, Minister of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy, has stated that initiatives such as a certified installer/maintenance program for Starlink and collaboration with hardware entrepreneurs to make repeater boxes locally can create thousands of jobs.
The minister said on X (previously Twitter) that he told SpaceX’s Senior Director of Global Licensing and Activation, Ryan Goodnight, about it on the sidelines of the ongoing International Telecommunication Union-World Radio Communication Conference in Dubai on Sunday.
Tijani, who stated that Nigeria was now Starlink’s largest African market, stated that he and the SpaceX director discussed the subject of connecting unserved and underserved Nigerians and the possibilities of creating new jobs.
He said, in a tweet, “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 the demand for @Starlink in Nigeria grows, we discussed the challenge of connecting unserved and underserved Nigerians. I also emphasized the possibility of thousands of new jobs being created in Nigeria through initiatives such as a certified installer/maintenance program for Starlink and collaboration with hardware entrepreneurs to manufacture repeater boxes locally. @elonmusk, our objective is to encourage every tech company to invest and grow our innovation ecosystem.”
The firm, which officially began in Nigeria in January 2023, now has 6,756 wireless internet subscribers, according to data from the Nigerian Communications Commission. Nigeria was Starlink’s first African operating country and the 47th in the world.