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Super User Written by October 21, 2022

Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and first ever, of Digital Economy, Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) has emerged winner of the distinguished award for digital innovation.

The award which was conferred on him by President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR), today, 21st October 2022, during the Excellence in Public Service Awards at the Presidential Villa, Abuja is yet, another attestation of Professor Pantami’s game changing leadership qualities which he has brought to bear in the nation’s economy.

President Buhari had earlier in the week paid glowing commendations to the Minister describing him as “one of the most resourceful, innovative and effective public officials that I have in this administration. His depth of knowledge of complex issues is amazing and remarkable and his loyalty and dedication to duty is worthy of emulation”

The President further noted that “the appointment of Pantami was one of the best choices I have made because he has added tremendous value to good governance”

Recall that since assumption of office in August of 2019, Professor Pantami has made global history with his aggressive initiatives and reforms towards digital transformation.

 

Uwa Suleiman

Spokesperson to the Honourable Minister of

Communications & Digital Economy

21st October 2022

PANTAMI LAUNCHES PARTNERSHIP FOR DIGITAL SKILLS PROGRAMME WITH COURSERA
Super User Written by October 19, 2022

In furtherance of its digital capacity building initiative, the Federal Government of Nigeria has entered into partnership with Coursera, a global online digital skills acquisition platform, to empower twenty four thousand Nigerians with digital and developer skills in various fields over a three year period.

Declaring the training open on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR), today Wednesday, October 19, 2022, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), noted that “we are championing a paradigm shift of prioritizing hard, soft and social skills over theory and this collaboration will go a long way in supporting this shift. Coursera is one of the world’s top online learning platforms hosting thousands of courses for some of the best universities and companies, and has remained at the forefront of providing the global society with the education and resources it needs to build and maintain digital systems”.

Professor Pantami also reiterated government’s commitment to ensure that the nation’s citizenry is digitally empowered and properly positioned for the fourth industrial revolution. “The recent Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) entered into, with Microsoft to train five million Nigerians in various fields of technology, is part of government’s efforts to fulfill the requirements for digital transformation as laid down in the Nigeria Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) document.”

While expressing delight over the partnership, the Honourable Minister called on Coursera to expand its presence in Nigeria and especially in the academia where it already has an existing partnership with Covenant University. “Coursera is in partnership with Covenant University which is one of the best private universities in Nigeria based on their annual rankings and publications which I have keenly observed. I have no doubt that this partnership has had a huge impact on the institution’s excellent standing. I therefore request that Coursera engages more academic institutions, at least one, in each geo-political zone and bring their expertise to bear within the identified environments.”

The Federal Government of Nigeria, through the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, is spearheading this collaboration under the auspices of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

 

Uwa Suleiman

Spokesperson to the Honourable Minister of

Communications & Digital economy

19th October 2022

Super User Written by October 05, 2022

The President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR has approved the appointment of a new Postmaster General/Chief Executive Officer (PMG), for the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST). This is following the recommendations made by the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami).

The new Postmaster General of NIPOST, Hon. Adepoju Adeyemi Sunday, is appointed for an initial term of five (5) years.

Hon. Adepoju is a professional accountant and a former member of the Federal House of Representatives from 2011 – 2015 and 2015 – 2019, representing Ibarapa East/Ido Federal Constituency.

NIPOST is an agency under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy and the appointment of Hon. Adepoju as the new PMG of NIPOST is with immediate effect.

 

Signed:                                                                         

Uwa Suleiman

Spokesperson,

Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy

5th October 2022

Super User Written by September 19, 2022

Minister of ICT for Algeria is statutorily the Chairman of ATU-CPC 2022 as the hosting country.

Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami from Nigeria was unanimously voted by the 54 African Ministers on the 23rd of July, 2022, as the Vice-Chairman even before he arrived in Algeria.

Prof Pantami led a discussion that led to the adoption of a consensus candidate, from Kenya to serve as the Secretary General of the African Telecommunication Union, where Mauritania stepped down.

PANTAMI EXCITED WITH THE UNPRECEDENTED 18.44% HIGHEST EVER ICT CONTRIBUTION TO NIGERIA’S GDP
Super User Written by August 27, 2022
The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), is very excited to hear of the remarkable contribution of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the second quarter of 2022 (Q2 2022). The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) stated this in the ‘Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product Report’ for Q2 2022, released on the 26th of August, 2022.
 
The Digital Economy sector under Professor Pantami has continued its trend of playing a key part in the growth on Nigeria’s economy. The Report by the NBS indicated that the ICT sector contributed 18.44% to the total real GDP in Q2 2022. This is the highest contribution of ICT to the GDP and is truly unprecedented and marks the third time that the sector has achieved an unprecedented contribution to Nigeria’s GDP during the tenure of the Honourable Minister- in Q1 2020, Q2 2021 and now Q2 2022.
 
The oil sector contributed 6.33% to the total real GDP in Q2 2022, which was lower that the contribution in Q2 '2021 and Q1 '2022, where it contributed 7.42% and 6.63% respectively. The non-oil sector's contribution grew by 4.77% in real terms, resulting in a 93.67% contribution to the nation’s GDP in the Q2 '2022, higher than Q2 '2021 and Q2 '2022, where it contributed 92.58% and 93.37% respectively.
 
The Honorable Minister notes that the growing contribution of the ICT sector to the GDP is as a result of the commitment of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR to the development of the digital economy. The diligent implementation of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) for a Digital Nigeria, stakeholder engagement and creation of an enabling environment have all played an important role in this achievement.
 
The support of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has contributed immensely to the impressive developments in the sector. The unprecedented contribution of ICT to Nigeria’s GDP can also be attributed to the dynamic and results-oriented leadership of the sector. The GDP Report has shown how critical the ICT sector is to the growth of our country’s digital economy and, by extension, the general economy.
 
The Honourable Minister congratulates all stakeholders in the digital economy ecosystem for this cheering news. He also renews his call to all sectors to take advantage of the Federal Government’s new focus on the digital economy to enable and improve their processes through the use of ICTs. This would enhance the output of all the sectors of the economy and boost Nigeria’s GDP.
 
 
Dr Femi Adeluyi
Technical Assistant (Research and Development) to the
Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy
27th August 2022
NATIONAL FREQUENCY COUNCIL MUST APPROVE ALL MANAGEMENT OF RADIO FREQUENCY SPECTRUM IN NIGERIA
Super User Written by August 15, 2022
The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy and Chairman of the National Frequency Management Council (NFMC), Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), chaired the 58th Regular Meeting of the Council on Thursday, 4th August 2022. The Council resolved to remind members of the public, Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Governments that by the provisions of Section 28 of the Nigerian Communications Act 2003 (NCA 2003), the NFMC is the apex body for Radio Frequency Spectrum Administration in Nigeria.
 
Accordingly, any radio frequency-based equipment that is to be installed by any individual, private company, Government or Non-governmental Organisation (NGO) for the purpose of management of the radio frequency spectrum, in whatever guise, must be cleared by the NFMC.
 
For further clarification, commercial private companies/organisations should contact the statutory regulatory bodies, i.e., National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for commercial broadcasting and telecommunications entities, respectively.
 
The Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy manages radio frequency spectrum that are used by entities such as Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of Governments, Embassies, Diplomatic Missions, Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs), individuals and private companies/organisations for non-commercial purposes.
 
Furthermore, management of the Radio Frequency spectrum by the Ministry includes planning, assignment, coordination, resolution of harmful interference complaints, monitoring and licensing of radio frequency spectrum and radio communication stations for the category of users mentioned above.
 
No civil MDA, individual, private, or public entity is authorized to install radio frequency-based equipment for the purpose of monitoring or managing the spectrum of its organisation or sector unless it is cleared and duly authorized by the NFMC.
 
Entities that already have such installations must hand them over to the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy and arrange on how to collaborate with the Ministry to achieve their objectives. Refusal to declare and handover such equipment or systems constitute security risk to the nation and may therefore attract severe sanctions and possible prosecution.
 
The Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy will continue to support the development of Nigeria's digital economy in a safe and sustainable way.
 
 
Dr. Femi Adeluyi
Technical Assistant (Research & Development)
to the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy
August 15, 2022
ICT SECTOR UNDER THE STEWARDSHIP OF PANTAMI REMAINS THE FASTEST GROWING SECTOR IN NIGERIA - STATISTICIAN GENERAL
Super User Written by August 09, 2022
In a bid to enhance the development of official statistics in Nigeria and provide accurate data about the fastest growing sector of Nigeria's economy, (ICT Sector) Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) received in courtesy visit, a delegation from National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), led by the Statistician General of the Federation, Prince Adeyemi Adeniran.
 
Prince Adeniran while making his remarks at the Communications and Digital Economy Complex, Abuja hailed the consistent unprecedented contribution of the ICT sector to GDP in the last 3 years under the stewardship of Prof Pantami.
 
"While other sectors were sinking, the ICT sector has been growing over the last 3 years", the statistician general said. Adding that, "The ICT sector is the fastest growing sector of Nigeria's economy".
 
The statistician general also hailed Minister Pantami for being the first African to be conferred with the prestigious CIISEC Fellowship and identified 4 main areas of interest for the bureau, eCommerce, eLearning, eHealth and eLottery.
 
Responding, Prof. Pantami called on NBS to work toward the automation of its processes and improve in capturing data from the informal sector.
 
Pantami stated that NBS remains one of the most important institutions in Nigeria saddled with the responsibility of collating data and presenting the data for informed decision-making.
 
Minister Pantami attributed the successes of most tech giants to investments in research and data-driven decision-making.
 
 
Source: Mr Yusuf Abubakar,
            Personal Assistant (New Media) to The Honourable Minister.
            9th August 2022
HOULIN ZHAO CALLS ON AFRICAN LEADERS TO EMULATE NIGERIA’s PANTAMI
Super User Written by July 18, 2022
African leaders have been called upon to emulate Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami. This call was made by the Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Mr Haolin Zhao during the recent Public Presentation of two books authored by the Minister.
 
Delivering his remarks virtually at the event which held at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Lagos, Nigeria, Mr Zhao while congratulating Professor Pantami for the laudable acheivement, stated that “this is a unique acheivement by a unique individual and I do not know many people who are as dedicated and passionate about their endeavours as he is. I call on other African policy makers to emulate him by documenting their knowledge and experiences so we can all share and benefit from it”.
 
He further remarked that “Africa should not just be a continent that always requires international aid but should also provide direction to the global community in the field of ICT” adding that “I agree with the Honourable Minister that Africa should not miss out on the fourth Industrial Revolution as it is equipped with the resources to provide direction”.
 
He also used the opportunity to express the ITU’s gratitude to and satisfaction with the leadership and initiatives the Honourable Minister has brought to bear as the Chairman World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) Forum as its chairman.
 
Recall that the Honourable Minister is currently the sitting Chairman of the Forum since his appointment in June 2022.
 
 
 
Signed
Uwa Suleiman
Spokesperson to the Honourable Minister of
Communications & Digital Economy
18th July 2022
PANTAMI UNVEILS BOOKS AT EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES FORUM
Super User Written by July 13, 2022

The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, will publicly unveil two of his recent books at the Stakeholders’ Consultative Forum on Emerging Technologies, coordinated by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).  The Forum will take place on Thursday, the 14th of July 2022, at the Sheraton Hotel, Maryland, Lagos.

The first book is titled “Datafication of Society to Foster an Internet Economy” and the foreword was written by the Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Mr. Houlin Zhao.  Mr Zhao has had a long distinguished career at the ITU and has served as the Secretary-General since 2014.  The International Telecommunication Union is the oldest UN agency and is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for many matters related to information and communication technologies.

The second book is titled “Cybersecurity Initiatives for Securing a Country”, with the foreword written by the President of International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP), Professor Mike Hinchey.  Professor Hinchey is a professor of software engineering at the University of Limerick, Ireland and was previously Director of the Software Engineering Laboratory at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Goddard Space Flight Centre in Greenbelt, Maryland, United States of America.  He was the leading graduating student during his undergraduate studies and he had his post-graduate studies at both Oxford University and Cambridge University.

Emerging technologies are playing a vital role in the development of digital economies around the globe.  The 2 books of the Honourable Minister emphasize key aspects of emerging technologies, namely datafication and cybersecurity.  With respect to datafication, it shows how data- its generation, processing and use play a critical role in determining success in the digital economy.  The book on cybersecurity discusses the importance of cybersecurity in protecting data and infrastructure to secure the digital economy of countries. Mr. Zhao and Prof Hinchey, both renowned global ICT personalities will serve as special guests at the public presentation.

The presentation of the books will take place during the Annual Stakeholders’ Consultative Forum on Emerging Technologies.  Professor  Mike Hinchey will deliver the keynote address at the event. Other  speakers include Dr. Soglo of Intel, United States of America (USA), Levin Born McCall of Regent Square Group, USA, Engr Richard Ogbuji, Chrema Technologies, Nigeria and other notable speakers.

 

Signed:

Reuben Muoka                                                                                   Dr. Femi Adeluyi                                                 

Director, Public Affairs                                                                       Technical Assistant (Research & Development)
Nigerian Communications Commission                                                to the Honourable Minister of Communications

Nigeria Identity Management                                                              and Digital Economy

 

July 13, 2022

 

 

FG APPROVES MICROSOFT ENTERPRISE AGREEMENT AND MIGRATION OF C-BAND SERVICES TO ACCELERATE DEPLOYMENT OF 5G SYSTEMS
Super User Written by June 30, 2022

The Federal Executive Council approved an Enterprise Licensing Agreement for Microsoft Products and the clearing up of C-band Spectrum, in order to accelerate the deployment of 5G services in the country.  These took place during the meeting of the Council on the 29th of May, 2022.  This followed the presentation of 3 memos by the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami).

The Government-wide Enterprise Licensing Agreement for Microsoft products is a software acquisition cost-reduction strategy for government and it will be implemented by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy (FMC&DE).  This agreement is part of the Federal Government’s efforts towards keeping the cost of IT projects within sustainable levels.

The Agreement will give the government access to discounted prices and other cost benefits, as well as reduce project duplication across Federal Public Institutions (FPIs).  It will also guarantee proper technical support for Microsoft products and services, thereby ensuring protection against  cybersecurity threats, which will guarantee availability and reliability of government IT services .

The Enterprise Licensing Agreement will provide a projected savings of a minimum of 35% of Governments current investment in Microsoft Products and Services. This will not only substantially reduce the cost of license procurement for FPIs, it will reduce and simplify licensing complexity, facilitate accounting and cash flow predictability and monitor utilisation and impact of Government investment. The Council directed all FPIs to key into the Agreement in the procurement of Microsoft licenses and services.

Council also approved the request of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to clear part of the C-band spectrum within the country’s telecommunications industry of any encumbrances and migrate the current users on affected spectrum, towards the successful roll-out/deployment of 5G technology in Nigeria.

Furthermore, with seven and a half (7.5) years before the end of the lifetime of NigComSat-1R Satellite, operated by Nigerian Communication Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT), which currently operates C-Band services on the 3.4 – 3.9GHz spectrum range, NCC and NIGCOMSAT have come to an agreement to relocate/migrate the operations of NigComSat-1R C Band service to another frequency (Standard C Band) and release its current frequency for immediate deployment of 5G in the country.

The approved memos will accelerate the implementation of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS), especially the pillars on solid infrastructure (broadband) and service infrastructure (platforms).  The Ministry will continue to promote initiatives that will transform Nigeria into a country with a sustainable and thriving digital economy.

 

Dr Femi Adeluyi
Technical Assistant (Research & Development) to the
Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy
30th of June, 2022