Nigeria Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT), the government-owned satellite services provider says its technology can curb the menace of pipeline vandalism facing the country.
Engineer Abdulraheem Adajah, General Manager of Satellite Application Department at NIGCOMSAT dropped this hint when Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, Commandant-General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and his team visited the Ground Station of the satellite service provider in Abuja.
NIGCOMSAT says it will use the KA Band service on its satellite in orbit, the NigComSat-1R to check the activities of pipeline vandals “seamlessly.”
According to the Nigcomsat exec, “we are part of the Committee set up by the Federal Government on pipeline vandalisation. We have applications to monitor such activities.”
On her part, Ms. Abimbola Alale, Managing Director/Chief Executive of NIGCOMSAT, expressed interest in area of partnership with NSCDC in securing lives and properties across Nigeria.
During the visit Engr. Ahmed Saddiq Head, Innovation and Development Department, showed the delegation some of the facilities that could provide additional services by NIGCOMSAT including an e-voting platform, Micro SAACS (Staff Attendance and Access Control System) Terminal, Smart Home IOT (Internet of Things) as well as PCB (Printed Circuit Board) Typing.
In his response the NSCDC boss expressed readiness to work with NIGCOMSAT after seeing the available technology at the station,noting that NIGCOMSAT is “really handy” considering the core mandate of the agency in the area of protecting critical infrastructure such as pipelines, masts, guarding mining sites, curbing cattle rustling and more.
“I was highly impressed with what I saw at NIGCOMSAT. We shall partner with you. I am so surprised when we got in here saying so we have such in Nigeria,” Gana was quoted as saying in a press statement issued by the satellite company.
“Protection of citizens and other residents by way of a having a comprehensive data base cannot be over emphasized and on that too, we can partner with you”, he adds.