Abimbola Alale is the woman taking Nigeria to space
Abimbola Alale is the only female boss of a major satellite company in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. She is the head of Nigerian Communication Satellite Limited and also has 10 children, nine of whom are adopted.
Abimbola Alale became the Ag MD/CE in February 2014, having served as the Executive Director, Marketing, a position she held since the inception of the company in 2006.
She holds a postgraduate degree in Space Studies and an MBA from the International Space University in Strasbourg, France and has since undergone several trainings in space technology.
Alale started her career with the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) where she served as NigComSat-1 Project Secretary, a project that gave birth to NIGCOMSAT Ltd.
She has worked on key national projects, including the Nigcomsat 1R project in which she was Project Director with the responsibility of managing the launch of the replacement satellite otherwise known as NigComSat-1R.
This African space Amazon has served in various capacities on various national committees that have advanced the utilization of space applications in Nigeria.
Recently, Galaxy Backbone, a leading ICT infrastructure and services provider and NIGCOMSAT, a Communications Satellite Operator company have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) designed to improve efficiency, reduce cost and avoid duplication in the provision of connectivity services to government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).
At the signing ceremony, which was recently concluded in Abuja, the CEOs of both agencies, Yusuf Kazaure and Abimbola Alale, stated that the partnership was in keeping with government’s commitment to leverage ICT for job creation, improved security and economic diversification.
Under the terms of the partnership, Galaxy will be responsible for all terrestrial and last mile connectivity services to the MDAs, while still responsible for its hub operations, Galaxy will also purchase all its required satellite space segment bandwidth from NigComSat on agreed payment terms.
In her remark, the MD/CEO NIGCOMSAT, Abimbola Alale, said that the company will provide excellent and secure connectivity solutions to all its customers while conserving capital flight and improve local content development in the ICT sector in the country.
NIGCOMSAT, according to her, is a leading communications solution provider in Africa, through its satellite NigComSat-1R which provides a regional beam over Africa Continent with strong footprints across West, Central and Southern Africa.
The MOU, which spans five years in the first instance, is a cost cutting tool for government and an example of collaboration between agencies to create value, localisation and optimisation of resources, amongst other benefits.