The China Great Wall Industry
Corporation (CGWIC) handed over the Nigerian Communication Satellite
(NIGCOMSAT-1), to the Nigerian federal government here on Friday.
Nigeria commissioned the Chinese company to design and build the satellite
and to launch it into orbit at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China's
southwestern Sichuan Province in May 2007.
Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua sent his special envoy, Gana Kingibe,
secretary to the Nigerian government, to address the handover ceremony and
announced the commencement of commercial activities by the Nigcomsat Limited,
the operator of the satellite.
The formal operation of NIGCOMSAT-1 would considerably improve the country's
telecommunications, broadcasting, the Internet, multimedia, real time monitoring
and navigation services, which could in turn create a visible multiplier effect
on other sectors of the economy, said the envoy.
He said the operation will signal Nigerian people's determination to be a
significant player in today's fast globalized and knowledge and
He commended the CGWIC's contribution and said "Our appreciation also goes to
the government and people of the People's Republic of China."
Other Nigerian government officials, Chinese diplomats and company officials
of both sides attended the ceremony.