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Open Data Initiative
Super User Written by June 19, 2017

The open data portal is available to ensure citizens have access to  usable ,non- confidential government data .this is to ensure transparency ,encourage research and collaboration.

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Smart Cities
Super User Written by June 19, 2017

Smart Sustainable City' session was one of the interactive and thematic sessions at the recently concluded AFRITEX Strategic Conference and 'Exhibition 2016 at the International Conference Center, Abuja from 22nd - 24th November 2016. The session was chaired by Architect Sunny Echono. Permanent Secretary. Ministry of Communications and had in attendance decision making government functionaries and top Level stakeholders. After a successful debut at the Smart Cities Session of AFRITEX Strategic Conference and Exhibition 2016, and in furtherance of the conference communique to sustain the tempo on smart city initiatives, AFRITEX in PARTNERSHIP with Min of Communications AND Min of Works, Housing & Power is back with Smart Cities Nigeria Conference 2017 with the theme: "Leveraging on Technology Solutions to Improve Efficiency of Cities" scheduled to take place at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel &Towers, Abuja on the 8th & 9th of August 2017.

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E-Government Capacity Building Programme
Super User Written by June 06, 2017

The Ministry of Communications has been working in partnership with Korean International Cooperation (KOICA) in the area of e-Government Implementation and adoption. An essential part of this partnership with KOICA involves Continuous Capacity Building on e-Government amongst public servants.

So far (5) in-country trainings have successfully been accomplished with over 800 public servants participating service wide.

The following courses are being taught:

Executive Course I: e-Government Course specially tailored for heads of MDA’s.

Executive Course II:  e-Government Course for Directorate Cadre.

E-security Course: e-Government Course aimed towards ICT departments and other technical officers.

Professional Course: e-Government Course for PRS, Accounting and other administrative departments

Train the Trainers Course: This e-Government course is specially tailored for officers that have successfully completed any of the courses. this is to support them with the necessary skills to enable them to become e-Government trainers and share their acquired knowledge with others.

Project Planning and Development: This a special course aimed mostly at officers that have attended any of the other courses. 

MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS COLLABORATES WITH NIGERIAN ARMY ON ICT
Super User Written by April 24, 2017

The Honourable Minister of Communications, Barr. Adebayo Shittu has said that the ministry is ready to collaborate with the Nigerian Army on Information Communications Technology (ICT).

The Minister said this when he visited the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) recently in Defense Headquarters, Abuja.

Shittu recalled the visit of the COAS some months ago in his Office where the collaboration was first initiated and he deemed it fit to reciprocate the visit in order to further strengthen the collaboration. He said the Ministry is set for the collaboration and all the agencies under the Ministry would be engaged to help in deploying technology in all aspect of the Military activities and operations where necessary.

He commended the achievements made so far under the leadership of the COAS in fighting Boko Haram and other miscreant groups; he however, encouraged him to do more so as to completely wipe out terrorism in the country.

The Minister suggested that the COAS should consider establishing a strong ICT department in the Nigerian Army and Military Academy, assuring him of necessary support to complement his effort in fighting crime and terrorism, stating that war cannot be fought with arms alone but with technology as well.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Tukur Buratai thanked the Minister for finding time out of his tight schedule to reciprocate the visit. He commended the Minister for the good job he is doing in reforming the telecom industry and using ICT to add to the growth of the GDP.

Lt Gen Buratai added that, the role of ICT is key to military operations and also the use of cyber space where today one can fight war or battle right from ones office, stating that this cannot be achieved without the support of the Ministry, hence the collaboration.

 

 Source: Press office, Ministry of Communications

 20th April, 2017

Super User Written by April 06, 2017

The Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu disclosed that the Ministry will soon establish a National ICT Park and Exhibition Centre in Abuja. This is part of his efforts to take ICT into the 4th Industrial Revolution.

He stated this recently in his Office when the Digital Africa Directors paid him a courtesy visit. He noted that the establishment of the Centre will encourage investment in the ICT Sector. Speaking further he also informed them of the proposed ICT University which will also produce the required skilled manpower for Africa to partake in the 4th Industrial Revolution.

The Minister solicited for the active participation of all stakeholders, and asked Digital Africa to rally round for the actualization of these laudable objectives, stating that proposals have been made to name Campuses of the University after benevolent and supportive companies.

Shittu said he was ready to encourage and support any organization that has good and durable Master Plan that would move Nigeria forward in the ICT Sector; he however assured them of the Ministry’s endorsement and that he will honour their invitation in the forthcoming 5th edition of Digital Africa Conference and Exhibition.

In his speech, the leader of the Delegation and Director, Africa Digital who represented the Chairman, Dr. Evans Woherem said their visit was to extend the Chairman’s appreciation to the Minister for his support in their last year’s conference which was held in collaboration with NITDA and also to present a formal report of the Conference.

 

Source: Press Office, Ministry of Communications

6th April, 2017

Super User Written by February 06, 2017

The Honourable Minister of Communications, Barr. Adebayo Shittu has said that Government was ready to collaborate with any good initiative from the private sector which has the intent of opening up ICT sector.

He stated this in his office today, Monday, 6th February, 2017 during a courtesy visit by the New Planet Project Limited.

The Minister who thanked them for their laudable initiative said he would give them a trial by the time the MoU was signed, noting that Nigeria was in a hurry to leverage on every initiative that would add value to Nigeria economy.  He proposed a committee comprising the two organizations be set-up to study and advice government on the viability of this initiative.

Speaking earlier, the leader and CEO of the Newplanet project Ltd Bunmi Tunji-Ojo said they were in the Ministry to seek for collaboration and explain the great potential the ICT industry can offer in opening up space for potential investors bearing in mind, the large market Nigeria can offer due to its great population.

He said being an event management organization, there was an urgent need for a summit that would provide a platform for all stakeholders (local and foreign) in the ICT sector to interact and provide solution to challenges hindering investment drive in the industry.

Tunji-Ojo stated some of the objectives of the organization to include promotion and stimulation of investment opportunities in the Nigeria ICT industry; increase Nigeria's participation in the Global ICT industry and improve the contribution of Nigeria to technological advancements input and contributions of Nigeria Capabilities and Scientific Technological Advancement amongst others. 

The Permanent Secretary Arc. Sonny Echono and other top management staff of the Ministry were in attendance.

 

 Source: Press office, Ministry of Communications

6th February, 2017

Super User Written by February 06, 2017

The Honourable Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu said the Federal Government through the Ministry of Communications will be collaborating with the European Union Commission (EUC) to create a Digital Single Market in Nigeria.

He stated this on Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 during a meeting with the Vice President European Union Commission/Commissioner and his team for Digital Single market at their Embassy in Abuja.

Shittu expressed his appreciation and commended EU for choosing Nigeria as his first point of call to discuss the creation of Digital Single Market in Africa. He added that the size of Nigeria makes it the most lucrative investment destinations in the Sub-Sahara Africa with a high return in investment and an emerging market that made it one of the new frontier for investment and Digital Market consideration.

The Minister noted the collaboration is timely and called for more collaborative efforts by the EU as the ministry strives to implement its ICT strategic roadmap, e-Government and Mobile Broadband Plan. He pledged the ministry’s support for this meaningful initiative to diversify the economy by leveraging on ICT as its benefits cannot be over-emphasized. He therefore directed that a committee be set up comprising the ministry’s agencies and Nigerian Computer Society (NCS) on the new Digital Single Market paradigm ahead of the EU/Africa Summit holding November, 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

In his remarks, European Union Vice President/Commissioner on Digital Single market, Mr. Andrus Ansip said that Nigeria is in a good position to benefit from global trade through the export of ICTs, and that is why EU is ready to collaborate with Nigeria in this regard and improve the existing cordial relationship between Nigeria and EU.

Ansip promised to see Nigeria through the process of benefiting from this new digital initiative and have outlined the benefits amongst which are creation of jobs, improved access to digital goods and services, a level market place to buy and sell, roaming charges would be abolished, increase in GDP etc. He said EU is willing to extend investment fund to African countries particularly Nigeria, given its demography and geography in the continent.  In addition he said that Europe has earmarked Africa and specifically Nigeria as the main pillar of Economic market, which informed his visit.  It is expected that the Ministry of Communications will coordinate this action plan.

The EU Vice President requested the Hon. Minister of Communications to champion the single Digital paradigm in Africa.

The meeting was well attended by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Arc. Sonny Echono, the Executive Vice chairman of Nigeria communication commission (NCC) Prof Umar Dambatta ,some Directors of the Ministry and heads of agencies of the Ministry as well as the representatives of NIgeria Computer Society (NCS)

 

Source: Press office, Ministry of Communications

6th February, 2017

Super User Written by June 02, 2016

The Honourable Minister of Communications, Barr. Adebayo Shittu has said Nigeria business environment was encouraging for investment, especially in the area of power and telecommunications.

He said this in his office today, Tuesday, May 17, 2016 during a courtesy visit by the Chinese ambassador to Nigeria, GW Xiaojie.

The Minister commended the ambassador for his tireless efforts in facilitating and fostering a good relationship with his country, stated that Nigeria is looking forward for more relationship with China; and that Nigeria would continue to patronize China made products.

Adebayo Shittu used the forum of the visit to invite Chinese companies to invest in the laying of pipe lines and telecoms in Nigeria.

In his remark, the Permanent Secretary, Arch. Sonny Echono appreciated the ambassador and Government of China for their contribution to the development of telecommunications and ICT in Nigeria.  He wished him the best in his future endeavours.

Speaking earlier, the out-going Chinese Ambassador, GW Xiaojie commended the achievement of Government of President Muhammadu Buhari in trying to stabilise the economy; he stated that Nigeria is a country full of opportunities talents, and capacity to be ranked among the great nations to be reckoned with.

He hinted that he would soon be reassigned from his home country, he recalled that his stay in Nigeria was a fruitful one with good memories.

The courtesy call was attended by top management staff of the Ministry.

Source: Press office, Ministry of Communications

 

Super User Written by June 01, 2016

The Hon. Minister of Communications, Barr. Adebayo Shittu has solicited support from South Korea Government in the area of ICT and e-Government.

He made this call recently in his office during a courtesy visit by new country Director of KOICA, Sook Hyun Park.

The Minister said Nigerian Government has benefitted immensely from the Korea Government which has mutual relationship with it, he stated that Nigeria’s shift toward Korea partnership has benefitted both countries.

Adebayo Shittu, as he appreciated the warmest reception accorded them during their training in Korea; also congratulated her for her elevation as the new country Director to Nigeria and assured her of the country’s support during her stay in Nigeria.

Speaking earlier, the new country Director, Ms Sook Hyun Park said she was excited to work in Nigeria as she promised to do her best to cement existing  relationship between her country and Nigeria.

She said she was eager to see the Ministry’s Road map document so as to see if there would be areas her country can assist in the implementation.

In another development, the Honourable Minister of Communications Barr. Adebayo Shittu received the General Manager, Digital Africa, Barr. Nnoma Ofodili, who was in his office to invite him grace their opening ceremony of their conference on June 1st 2016.

Both meetings were attended by the Permanent Secretary, Arch. Sonny Echono and senior management staff of the Ministry.

 

Source: Press office, Ministry of Communications

Minister Of Communications Leads Delegation to China
Super User Written by May 26, 2016

In a bid to further develop the telecommunications industry in Nigeria as well as attract investors, Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, led a delegation to China. The visit coincided with the launch of Belintersat-1 Satellite by the China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC), which NIGCOMSAT will be providing In-orbit Testing Services (IoT), and Spectrum Management Services (CSM).

NIGCOMSAT Ltd, the Nigerian Satellite Communication Company and Operator of NigComSat 1R Satellite under the supervision of the Ministry of Communications, won the bid to provide Carrier Spectrum Management (CSM) and In-Orbit Testing (IoT) services for Belintersat-1, a satellite owned by the Republic of Belarus. NIGCOMSAT is the first satellite company in Africa to win a bid to provide such services.

The Belintersat-1 Satellite was successfully launched in the early hours (about 1.30am) of Saturday, January 16th 2016 China time. (6.30Pm Friday January 15th Nigerian time)

Since he assumed office, the Communications Minister, has expressed determination to deepen broadband penetration and make the telecommunications sector an active and vibrant sector that will contribute significantly to national socio-economic growth and development in view of its vast potentials.

At different meetings with the President of the China Great Wall Industries Corporation CGWIC, Mr. Yin Liming and President of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), Mr. Wu Yansheng, there were discussions and negotiations on possible new communication satellites for NIGCOMSAT and support for its ground station improvement. Deliberations also centered around developing partnerships through NIGCOMSAT’s operations which include a back-up satellite, Direct-to-Home (DTH) platform, the highly sort after navigation services (the L-Band which is on NigComSat-1R) and most importantly, capacity building and training of Nigerian engineers.