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NO LICENCE HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR 5G IN NIGERIA
Super User Written by April 04, 2020

The attention of my office has been drawn to the public concern about the health implications of the deployment of Fifth Generation Mobile Networks (5G) in Nigeria. Based on available records at my office and the earlier report received from the regulator, I would like to clarify as follows:

  1. The National Frequency Management Council (NFMC), of which I am the Chairman, has not deliberated on or released any bulk frequency spectrum for the deployment of 5G;
  2. No license has been issued for the deployment of 5G in the country;
  • A 3-month study trial commenced on the 25th of November, 2019 in order to critically review and study the health and security implications of deploying 5G in Nigeria;
  1. As part of the study trial process, I directed the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to ensure that a team of experts, security agencies and other stakeholders fully participate in the trial process and my office also invited these agencies to participate in the trial; and
  2. The trial process has been concluded and the study and reporting process is currently ongoing.

His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, places a premium on the welfare, health and security of Nigerians.  As such, our desire for technological advancement will never be at the expense of the health and welfare of our citizens.

Government will not act on the speculations only, but rather we will take an informed decision on 5G after due consultation with experts and the public.  I have also directed the NCC to engage citizens on any questions or concerns they may have regarding 5G.

I wish to thank the general public for reaching out to us on this issue.  We advise you all to remain rest assured that government will always take the welfare, health and security of the public into account while considering the deployment of any technology.

 

Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), FNCS, FBCS, FIIM
Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy
4th of April 2020

Super User Written by April 02, 2020

At this critical stage of efforts to limit the spread of the COVID -19 in the country, the Federal Government is applying measures to safeguard its personnel by using Telepresence facilities deployed by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy (FMoCDE), through the Galaxy Backbone (GBB) Limited, a parastatal under the ministry.

The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) FNCS, FBCS, FIIM has earlier directed GBB to utilize its highly secure Government-wide Telepresence and Collaboration facilities, to ensure government functions continue while maintaining social distancing. They have complied by positioning their Telepresence and Collaboration facilities to ensure productivity, enhance security and reduce the cost of communication during this period.

Video conferencing terminals have been installed at over 120 Federal Government institutions, including the offices of:

i. The Vice President;

ii. 26 Honourable Ministers

iii. 17 Ministers of State;

iv. Chief of Staff to the President;

v. Secretary to the Government of the Federation;

vi. Head of Civil Service of the Federation;

vii. 37 Federal Permanent Secretaries;

viii. Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC); and

ix. Other key Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the Federal Government.
Calls and Conferences are secure with end to end encryption within GBB operated government network. GBB also has the capacity to provide both public and private sector organizations secure and reliable telepresence services from its State-of-the-Art Unified Communication Services (UCS) platform.

In this regard, Nigerians are to be rest assured that the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy will continue to use technology to ensure that there are no interruptions in crucial government meetings. Virtual meetings will go ahead with all relevant stakeholders in a secure and reliable manner as we collectively tackle this challenge to humanity.

 

Signed
Uwa Suleiman (Mrs)
Spokesperson to the Honourable Minister of Communications & Digital Economy
2nd April 2020

EMPOWERING NIGERIANS THROUGH THE DIGITAL NIGERIA PROGRAMME
Super User Written by April 02, 2020

His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, launched the Digital Nigeria Programme on the 19th of March, 2020 as "one of Federal Government’s key initiatives that will empower innovators and entrepreneurs with skills required to thrive in our emerging digital economy".

In furtherance to this, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, is promoting options for digital training for Nigerians. This is especially important at a time when the world stays home to combat the spread of ‪COVID-19.

The Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy is partnering with a number of institutions to enable Nigerians acquire cutting edge digital skills within the comfort of their homes.  One of such partnerships is based on the MoU signed with IBM on the 16th of January, 2020.  Through this partnership and as part of the IBM Digital Nation Africa programme, the Ministry will be providing Nigerians with over 280+ hours of free learning & 85+ courses on key emerging technologies like:

  1. Blockchain;
  2. Artificial Intelligence;
  • Big Data; and
  1. Cloud Computing.

Nigerians are encouraged to register today at http://idna.digitalnigeria.gov.ng. Users can also access the programme through the “IBM Digital Nation Africa” App on Google Play Store.

The Ministry will be sharing similar opportunities in the coming days on its social media pages, website and on www.digitalnigeria.gov.ng .  These programmes will include training courses provided as a result of our collaborations with the following partners:

  1. African Development Bank (Coding for Employment programme); and
  2. Huawei (ICT Academy Telecom and Information Technology Skills programme).

The Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy is committed to developing the capacity of Nigerians to use technology to solve problems. We will also deploy technology to limit the disruption to education and the economy caused by COVID-19. Through the Digital Nigeria programme we will empower Nigerians to develop skills and build innovative solutions to tackle challenges within our community.#DigitalNigeria

 

Dr Femi Adeluyi
Technical Assistant (Information Technology) to the
Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital
Economy
2nd of April 2020

 

USE OF VIDEO CONFERENCING AND VIDEO IP PHONES FACILITIES FOR ESSENTIAL MEETINGS DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK
Super User Written by March 24, 2020

With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is highly recommended to exercise measures such as social distancing as a necessary precaution towards curbing the spread of the deadly and highly infectious virus.

With the disease known to spread primarily through contact with infected persons, surfaces or environments, there is a need for civil servants and the workforce in the country to minimize physical and face-to-face meetings.

In light of this, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, FNCS, FBCS, FIIM encourages MDAs and civil servants to use the Federal Government's Unified Communication Services (UCS) platform available to provide reliable and secure audio and video communication within the 1Gov network.

The Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy through its parastatal Galaxy Backbone has provided video conferencing, telepresence and video IP phone facilities in most MDAs within its Abuja metro Fiber network, to provide a smart means of communication and collaboration within the public sector.

Platforms available to minimize the need for physical meetings while performing the day to day functions of government are:
• IP Voice and Video Telephony Services: About 16,000 unit have been deployed to provide users secure free voice & video communications over Galaxy’s network using physical handsets and software-based endpoints; and

• Video Conferencing/ telepresence Services: About 120 terminals have been deployed to provide real-time video conferencing for users to meet and collaborate with colleagues and partners across various locations nationwide and internationally.

The Honourable Minister, therefore, calls on all MDAs and public officers that have these services deployed to use them by hosting remote meetings and conferences which will help limit the spread of the virus.

Signed
Uwa Suleiman (Mrs)
Spokesperson to the Honourable Minister of Communications & Digital Economy
24th March 2020

INDISCIPLINE CANNOT BE TOLERATED UNDER THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL ECONOMY
Super User Written by March 23, 2020

Our attention has been drawn to a video clip, which is currently trending on Social Media, maliciously targeting the person and office of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, MCPN. The three minutes and one second video which was edited from the live coverage of the commissioning of key projects of the Ministry, by the President on Thursday, 19th March 2020 was accompanied by a write up from a faceless writer, which reeks of falsehood.

The President, attended the event on the invitation of the Honourable Minister, and it was paramount that His Excellency’s timing be strictly adhered to, as earlier agreed at the preparatory meeting in the Presidential Villa, that all speakers at the event will; Adhere to the time allocated to them and, limit their presentations to the responsibility(ies) assigned to them. The Honourable Minister regulated the speeches of both speakers namely, the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Director General of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

By this public notice, the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, hereby disclaims all misleading information surrounding the video and the write up. In the same vein, the office of the Honourable Minister, strongly debunks the allegation that, he sent some pressmen out of the premises. It was not, and it is not his role, neither was he aware of the incident at the time it took place. The original statement from the affected parties confirms this. The leadership of Dr Pantami, has brought an unprecedented level of synergy amongst the Agencies and Parastatals under his purview, as remarked by the President himself, at the same event.

We therefore, urge all well meaning Nigerians, to disregard any information contrary to the true events as stated here, which took place before a crowded auditorium. The person and office of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, cannot be distracted with corrupt people that are not happy with sanitizing the sector and discipline that is being established.

Signed
Yusuf Abubakar
Personal Assistant (New Media)
to the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy
22nd March, 2020

 
Super User Written by March 21, 2020

President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, has directed the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM to work with all Ministries, Departments, Agencies and Parastatals of Government towards the protection of Critical National Infrastructure . The President gave the directive at the commissioning of several projects and programmes, of the Ministry in Abuja.

Addressing top government functionaries and captains of industry, at the unveiling of the National Broadband plan 2020-2025, the launching of the Emergency Communications Centre and Toll Free Number 112, the commissioning of the Communications and Digital Economy Complex and the flag off of the Digital Innovation and Entreprenuership Training, President Buhari expressed delight at the laudable developments which he noted “will enhance the development of our National Digital Economy and support our efforts in diversifying the economy”

Speaking further, the President emphasized that the commissioning of the Toll Free Number 112, which will soon be deployed nationwide, “further demonstrates our resolve to keep Nigerians safe. We have taken advantage of Digital Technologies to ensure that Nigerians in distress, are only a dial away from the relevant emergency response institutions in the country”.

He disclosed that the flag- off of the Digital Nigeria Training Programme, is an initiative, that will drive innovation and entreprenuership in emerging technologies, for economic empowerment and global competitiveness.

 He commended the efforts of the Honourable Minister and the Presidential Broadband Committee, for the successful development of a National Broadband Plan. He particularly commended the leadership quality of the Honourable Minister which has brought about a high level of synergy among the Parastatals under the Ministry’s purview.

In his remarks, the Chief Host and Chief Convener of the event, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami while thanking the President for the immense support enjoyed by the sector under his leadership, enjoined all Nigerians to support the digital economy Agenda of the Federal Government as a digital economy is an enabling platform capable of supporting the President’s three point Agenda of Security, Anti-corruption and Economic development, including the potential of lifting millions of Nigerians out of poverty, citing the China, Imdonesia and Indian economies as examples. The Honourable Minister also commended members of the Presidential Broadband Plan Committee for being thorough, professional and timely with their assignment.

The high-powered event was attended by top government functionaries, captains of industry, members of the diplomatic corps and stakeholders including representatives of the leadership of the National Assembly, Ministers of FCT, Women Affairs, Defence, Police Affairs, Industry Trade and Investment, State Ministers of Education, Foreign Affairs, Education, FCT, Labour and Employment, Budget and Planning, Board Chairmen of Federal Parastatals, Service Chiefs, members of the Organised Private Sector, to mention but a few.

Signed

Uwa Suleiman (Mrs)

Spokesperson to the Honourable Minister of Communications & Digital Economy

20th March 2020 

DIGITAL NIGERIA: PRESIDENT BUHARI UNVEILS STRATEGIC ROAD MAP, COMMISSIONS ICT PROJECTS, FLAGS-OFF DIGITAL TRAINING
Super User Written by March 19, 2020

In line with the NEXT LEVEL agenda that seeks to diversify Nigeria’s economy from oil-based and enhance human capacity development to empower Nigerians with the required digital skills needed to compete favourably in the digital world and provide the enabling environment that will ensure youths become employers of labour and not potential employees, His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, renamed and expanded the mandate of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy previously known as the Federal Ministry of Communications.

Mr President also set a performance benchmark for all cabinet ministers, a covenant the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM is not taking lightly, building on the fact that public office is a trust.

It was on this backdrop that His Excellency, President Buhari in the capacity as the Special Guest of Honour today officially:

1. Launched and unveiled the Nigerian National Broadband Plan 2020 – 2025;

2. Commissioned the Communications and Digital Economy Complex;

3. Commissioned the Abuja Emergency Communication Center and National Emergency Toll – Free Number 112 and

4. Flagged off the National Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship Training.

The august occasion was held at the Communications and Digital Economy Complex Abuja and heard in attendance, top government functionaries, key players in the ICT industry, tech entrepreneurs, tech evangelist, among others.

Full text of the speech of the His Excellency, President Buhari

Protocols:

I am delighted to commission a number of projects today, all of which will enhance the development of our National Digital Economy and support our efforts at diversifying the economy.

2. The dwindling price of crude oil has adversely affected our budgetary projections and has increased our sense of urgency with regard to the diversification of the economy. The Digital Economy will also support us in fighting corruption through digitalization and enabling government digital services.

3. Digital technologies have become a useful platform for economic diversification. Having recognized the benefits of these technologies we have decided to adopt the Digital Economy paradigm early. This informed our decision to expand the schedule of the Federal Ministry of Communications to include the Digital Economy mandate, in line with global best practices. The Ministry has since developed the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy for the realization of Digital Nigeria which we unveiled last year. We are also aware that mechanisms have been put in place for its implementation.

4. The development of the National Broadband Plan is in line with the objective of the Federal Government to provide broadband for Nigerians. The Plan is also expected to support our objective of deploying 4G across the country.

5. The Federal Government is aware of the challenges that the operators face, including the challenge of vandalisation of telecommunications equipment. We are committed to ensuring that all stakeholders have a conducive environment to ensure the successful implementation of the Broadband Plan.

6. I have directed the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy to work with all relevant government agencies to ensure that our critical national infrastructure are protected. I therefore urge the Mobile Network Operators to ensure full attainment of the targets set in the plan and to also give special attention to unserved and underserved areas while deploying their services.

7. The commissioning of the Emergency Communications Centre and Toll Free Number ‘112’ further demonstrate our resolve to keep Nigerians safe. We have taken advantage of digital technologies to ensure that Nigerians in distress are only a dial away from the relevant emergency response institutions in the country. This will go a long way in supporting our efforts to improve the security of lives and property.

8. The Digital Nigeria Programme is one of Federal Government’s key initiatives that will empower innovators and entrepreneurs with skills required to thrive in our emerging digital economy. It is part of our efforts to ensure that our youths, women, unemployed graduates and people living with disabilities either become employers of labour or get a large number of well-paying jobs thereby contributing to the national drive of lifting Nigerians out of poverty.

9. The Commissioning of Communications and Digital Economy Complex will provide a benefitting coordinating centre for our new focus on the Nigerian Digital Economy. It signals the desire to intensify efforts towards ensuring that Nigeria becomes an active participant in the Global Digital Economy.

10. I must commend the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, the Nigerian Communications Commission, the Presidential Committee and all stakeholders who participated in the development of this National Broadband Plan. I also thank the leadership of the Ministry for the high level of synergy that has been created amongst the parastatals under its supervision.

11. I hereby commission and unveil these programmes and look forward to the commitment of all stakeholders towards ensuring the full implementation of the Broadband Plan and successful execution of the other programmes.
Thank you and God Bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria

 

Source: Mr Yusuf Abubakar, Personal Assistant (New Media) to The Honourable Minister

DIGITAL ECONOMY: DR PANTAMI HOST PRESIDENT BUHARI AS HISTORY IS MADE
Super User Written by March 19, 2020

Guided by the blueprint of the NEXT LEVEL agenda and the mandate of the rebirth Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM today invited His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR to launch and commission landmark achievements attained by the Ministry under his watch.

The official engagements performed by His Excellency, President Buhari includes;

1. Launched and unveiled the Nigerian National Broadband Plan 2020 – 2025;

2. Commissioned the Communications and Digital Economy Complex;

3. Commissioned the Abuja Emergency Communication Center and
National Emergency Toll – Free Number 112 and

4. Flagged off the National Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship Training.

In his welcome address, the NEXT LEVEL Honourable Minister highlighted that the programs and projects are in-line with the priorities of the Federal Government as assigned to the Ministry for implementation.

Dr Pantami said “A digital economy is heavily reliant on the availability of cost-effective broadband. Amongst other things, this Plan aims to provide broadband for 90% of Nigerians over the next 5 years, at download rates of 25Mbps in urban areas and 10Mbps in rural areas. The Plan also aims for a maximum price of N390/GB of data”.

Adding that “According to a Report by Ericsson titled "How Important Are Mobile Broadband Networks for Global Economic Development”, 10% increase in mobile broadband penetration results in approximately 0.6% to 2.8% rise in the gross domestic product (GDP).

Full text of the Speech of the Honourable Minister

All Protocols duly observed.

May Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon you!

I count it a privilege and a great honour to welcome His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, and our distinguished guests to this epoch-making event. Today, His Excellency will be commissioning several important programmes that act as signposts to our commitment to transform the digital landscape of our country by developing the National Digital Economy.

The following programmes are being commissioned or unveiled, as the case may be:

Launching and Unveiling of the National Broadband Plan (2020-2025);
Commissioning of the Emergency Communications Centre & Toll-Free Number ‘112’;

Flag-off of the Digital Nigeria Programme (Nigerian Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship Training); and
Commissioning of the Communications & Digital Economy Complex.

These programmes are in line with the revised mandate of the Ministry as a result of its redesignation as the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy by Mr President on the 17th of October 2019. The development of the National Digital Economy is anchored on the following 8 pillars:

Developmental Regulation;
Digital Literacy & Skills;
Solid Infrastructure;
Service Infrastructure;
Digital Services Development & Promotion;
Soft Infrastructure;
Digital Society & Emerging Technologies; and
Indigenous Content Development & Adoption.

The programmes also align with a number of the priorities of the Federal Government that were assigned to the Ministry for implementation. Furthermore, they also support the 3 key areas of focus of Mr President, namely economic development, anti-corruption and security.

1. Launching and Unveiling of the National Broadband Plan (2020-2025)
On assumption of office on the 21st of August, 2019, I realised that our country was without any active Broadband Plan, as the previous 2013-2018 Plan expired the previous year. Under the directives of Mr President, we inaugurated a team of experts to develop a new plan on the 16th of December, 2019. The team was Chaired by Funke Opeke. The Committee worked tirelessly to produce the Plan which will be launched and unveiled today.

I use this opportunity to thank the Chairman and members of the Committee for their patriotism, professionalism and high level of commitment. I also wish to convey our gratitude to the United Kingdom High Commission for their partnership and technical support. We would also like to thank all the development partners and institutions that gave valuable input to the Committee.

A digital economy is heavily reliant on the availability of cost-effective broadband. Amongst other things, this Plan aims to provide broadband for 90% of Nigerians over the next 5 years, at download rates of 25Mbps in urban areas and 10Mbps in rural areas. The Plan also aims for a maximum price of N390/GB of data.

The implementation of the Broadband Plan will support the diversification efforts of the Federal Government. The unfortunate realities of the COVID-19 pandemic has made it imperative to build and depend on a sector of the economy that is more resilient to global economic shocks than the oil sector, which we have depended upon for years. A case in point is the sudden crash of the price of a barrel of crude oil below the $30 mark, thus creating a real challenge for our budgetary projections that were based on $57 per barrel.

The importance of broadband is further demonstrated by how it is helping to mitigate the adverse effects of the virus in many countries and sustaining their economies. For instance, citizens in many countries now have to rely on broadband for online learning, remote working, telemedicine, and so on.

Broadband is a key component of any digital economy and it is not merely for entertainment. Rather, empirical evidence has shown that it can help to significantly improve economic indices, create jobs and lift people out of extreme poverty. For example, according to a report by Ericsson titled "How Important Are Mobile Broadband Networks for Global Economic Development”, 10% increase in mobile broadband penetration results in approximately 0.6% to 2.8% rise in the gross domestic product (GDP).

Similarly, a 2018 Report by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) on “Defining and Measuring the Digital Economy”, the digital economy in the United States contributed 6.9% to the nation's GDP in 2017.
It also contributed 5.1million jobs in that year.

II. Commissioning of the Emergency Communications Centre & Toll Free Number ‘112’

The Emergency Communications Centre (ECC) and ‘112’ toll free number will instantly connect Nigerians to emergency services 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. The 3-digit number allows for easy recall in times of emergency.

The programme is in fulfilment of sections 107 3(a) and (b) of the Nigerian Communications Act (2003), which states that:

The Commission shall, in specific regard to emergency services, take immediate steps upon the commencement of this Act to :
(a) promote and enhance public safety through the use of a particular number which shall be designated as the universal safety and emergency assistance number for telephone services generally ; and
(b) encourage and facilitate the prompt deployment throughout Nigeria of a seamless, ubiquitous and reliable end-to-end infrastructure for emergency communications needs.

The ECC is a state-of-the-art Centre that will enable our nation’s emergency response ecosystem have real-time data with which to provide timely assistance to Nigerians during emergencies.

Each Centre has well trained and courteous call agents and a primary interconnect operator. Every call can be routed to either the Police, Fire Service, Civil Defence, Federal Road Safety Corps or Hospital Ambulance team, depending on the type of emergency.

There are currently 19 such Centres across the country, including that of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), which is being commissioned today.
The ECC will support the efforts of government to ensure the security of lives and property.

III. Flag-off of the Digital Nigeria Programme (Nigerian Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship Training)

The Digital Nigeria Programme will provide a National Platform for improving the digital literacy of Nigerians and it will enable Nigerians from all walks of life to acquire high level digital skills. It will have a strong emphasis on Skills for Jobs. We also want to change the paradigm of the trainees from being potential employees to becoming potential employers. The programme will include Nigerians in all strata of society, such as youth, women, children, internally displaced persons, people living with disabilities, etc.

This Digital Nigeria Programme is part of the efforts of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy to support the priorities of the Federal Government to actively collaborate with the private sector to create a large number of well-paying jobs for Nigerians.
It will also support in realization of Mr President’s promise to take 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years.

China pulled 493.8 million people out of extreme poverty (1999-2015), India pulled out 161.7 million people out (2004-2011) and Indonesia pulled out 64.5million people (2000 - 2015). Digital technologies helped in this process, especially in India. We want to use technology to achieve a similar feat in Nigeria and we are using the Digital Nigeria Programme as a launchpad for this.

IV. Commissioning of the Communications & Digital Economy Complex
Last but not the least is the Commissioning of this world-class building as the Communications and Digital Economy Complex.

The project was initiated in September 2004 and approved by the Federal Executive Council on the 22nd of November, 2006. The building sits on an 8-hectare land and was completed and handed over to NCC in May 2007.
It was then remodelled in 2016 and the current design of the complex consists of 2 basement levels and 5 floors, making up a total of 7 levels and a roof top terrace. The building includes s a 650-seater auditorium, complete with audio/visual services. It also has offices and meeting rooms, along with indoor and outdoor sports recreational facilities. It has five 800KVA generators and three dedicated transformers connected to Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN).

The new Communications and Digital Economy will provide a good environment for high level productivity and will support our efforts to develop a National Digital Economy. It will provide a platform for the successful implementation of the projects and programmes of the Ministry across of all 8 pillars of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy. It will also enable us drive the implementation of the priorities of the Federal Government under our supervision.

Conclusion

In conclusion, I wish to sincerely thank His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, for gracing this occasion in person and for his great support to the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.

I also want to commend the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the other parastatals under the Ministry and their teams for the successful implementation of the projects.

I thank all our esteemed partners and stakeholders for coming. The journey has only just started and I call on everyone to support us in building a Digital Nigeria for the all-round success of our dear country.

 
 
Source: Mr Yusuf Abubakar, Personal Assistant (New Media) to The Honourable Minister
PANTAMI CONSTITUTE COMMITTEE TO DELIVER EFFECTIVE, EFFICIENT SERVICES TO NIGERIANS
Super User Written by March 17, 2020

As part of an effort to enhance operational visibility, improve efficiency and deliver effective service to Nigerians in line with the blueprint of the National Digital Economy for a Digital Nigeria, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM today officially inaugurated a committee charged with the Mandate to ensure Galaxy Backbone Ltd, Nigeria’s ICT operator enhance its performance.

It will be recalled that on the assumption of office as the Honourable Minister, Dr Pantami set the following performance targets for Galaxy;

1. To improve the reach and coverage of its service in the public sector; and

2. To significantly improve the quality of service provided.

In his remarks, the NEXT LEVEL Honourable Minister reminded the members that the Federal Government has invested massively in Galaxy, stressing that there is a need for the government to reap the benefits of its investment.

The Minister maintained that the main reason he constituted the committee is to ensure that there is an improved quality of service to Nigerians.

Members of the committee include individuals from both the public and private sectors, representative of professional IT bodies, among others.

 

Source: Mr Yusuf Abubakar, Personal Assistant (New Media) to The Honourable Minister

BROADBAND PENETRATION IS KEY IN PROMOTING A DIGITAL ECONOMY FOR A DIGITAL NIGERIA – DR PANTAMI
Super User Written by March 17, 2020

The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM has reiterated the importance of Broadband Penetration in promoting a digital economy for a digital Nigeria, stating that “you cannot promote a digital economy without broadband penetration”.

The Honourable Minister made this known today while addressing journalist shortly after attending the industry consultations workshop on the use of television white space in Nigeria which was held at the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Corporate Headquarters, Abuja.

The Minister said “The whole world today is about a Digital Economy. Adding that “The World Economic Forum predicts that over 60% of global GDP will be digitized by the year 2022”.

Dr Pantami maintained that NCC under his supervision has the Mandate to improve broadband penetration in Nigeria.

Present at the gathering includes individuals from both the public and private sectors, representative of state governments, among others.

 

Source: Mr Yusuf Abubakar, Personal Assistant (New Media) to The Honourable Minister