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DR PANTAMI BAGS AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Super User Written by July 03, 2020
The effort of repositioning Nigeria’s ICT sector to conform with the 21st century digital realities where a digital economy thrives seamlessly has not gone unnoticed as over 70% of the respondent in a poll conducted by Rariya Newspaper voted the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM as the BEST PERFORMING MINISTER OF THE YEAR.
 
The accolade is due to Dr Pantami’s excellent performance and numerous achievements recorded within a short time in office such as the development and implementation of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy for a Digital Nigeria and the National Broadband Plan 2020 – 2025 among others.
 
 
Source: Mr Yusuf Abubakar, Personal Assistant (New Media) to The Honourable Minister
DR PANTAMI COMMENDS MAINONE ON 10TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY
Super User Written by July 02, 2020
The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, congratulates the Chief Executive Officer, Engr Funke Opeke and the staff of MainOne Cable Company on the celebration of their 10th anniversary.
 
Dr Pantami notes the important role that MainOne, an indigenous company, plays as a key partner in the development of Nigeria’s Digital Economy. He commends the CEO and her team for their role in supporting the growth of the ecosystem in a number of ways, including attracting foreign direct investment, providing connectivity, enabling the creation of jobs and mentoring start-ups.
 
The Honourable Minister also commends the Engr Opeke for her willingness to always offer support towards the development of the digital sector of the country. This was evident when she made a lot of sacrifice and showed great patriotism while chairing the Committee that prepared the Nigerian National Broadband Plan (2020-2025).
 
The Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy wishes MainOne Cable Company a successful anniversary and greater success in the future.
 
 
Mrs Uwa Suleiman
Spokesperson to the
Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy
2nd July, 2020
L-R: MD NGCOMSAT, Abimbola Alale; EVC NCC, Prof. U.G Danbatta, Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami); DG NITDA, Kashifu Abdullahi Inuwa and Ag. Executive Secretary USPF, Ayuba Shuaibu at the inauguration.
Super User Written by July 01, 2020
The Chief Executive Officers of Parastatals under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy has hailed the inspirational, fair and equitable leadership being provided by the Honourable Minister, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM which has resulted in an unprecedented synergy among the regulators, operator and service providers.
 
The CEOs made this position known today while commenting respectively shortly before the Honourable Minister, Dr Pantami inaugurated two (2) ministerial committees namely;
1. Ministerial Committee on Media Engagement in Nigerian languages
2. Ministerial Completed Projects Review and Commissioning Committee
 
In his remarks, the Honourable Minister stated that as public officials, there is a need to communicate government policies and programmes effectively to Nigerians and also receive feedback from the public in a bid to enhance transparency and accountability.
 
Dr Pantami further stressed the importance of engagement and feedback in promoting good governance and deliver effective and efficient services to Nigerians.
 
The Minister also frown at the fact that various ICT projects deployed by the ministry and the parastatals under its supervision are underutilized by the host communities
 
Members of the committees were drawn from the ministry and all the parastatals under its supervision which includes NCC, NITDA, Galaxy Backbone, NIGCOMSAT and NIPOST.
 
 
 
Source: Mr Yusuf Abubakar, Personal Assistant (New Media) to The Honourable Minister
DR PANTAMI UNVEILS STRATEGIC ROADMAP
Super User Written by June 23, 2020
In line with the directives of His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR to ensure all parastatals and agencies of government under the supervision of a Ministry are efficient and effective in service delivery to Nigerians, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM today launched and unveiled the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Strategic Management Plan 2020 - 2024.
 
The Strategic Management Plan (SMP) is aimed at creating a seamless strategy to actualise Digital Economy in the country and also leverage on the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy as well as the National Broadband Plan 2020 - 2025.
 
In his remarks, the NEXT LEVEL Honourable Minister, Dr Pantami stressed on the need for the commission to be focused on the implementation of the strategy.
 
Dr Pantami stated that President Buhari graciously approved the Ministry's request to focus more on the promotion of a Digital Economy in an attempt to diversify Nigeria’s economy while maintaining that NCC as the regulatory body needs to drives developmental regulation in Nigeria.
 
The Minister identified the five (5) components needed in the implementation of a strategy as People; Resources; Structure; System and Orientation” and called on the commission to provide his office with a monthly report on progress made.
 
 
Source: Mr Yusuf Abubakar, Personal Assistant (New Media) to The Honourable Minister
PANTAMI COMMENDS GOVERNORS ABDULRAHMAN AND OBIANO FOR CRASHING THE RIGHT OF WAY CHARGES IN THEIR STATES
Super User Written by June 08, 2020
The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, is excited that Governors Abdulrahman and Obiano have positioned their States to embrace the Digital Economy. The governors did this by crashing the Right of Way Charges from N5,500 per linear metre to N1 per kilometre of fibre in Kwara State and from N 600 per linear metre to N0 in Anambra State.
 
In making the pronouncement, the Executive Governor of Kwara State noted that the reduction was “designed to deepen digital penetration in Kwara State, improve the state’s ease of doing business ratings, and ease people’s access to the Internet and other digital communication, especially the remote parts of the state”.
 
The statement by Anambra State government noted that “the removal of the Right of Way charges by Anambra State is the first step to a digital economy that welcomes key stakeholders, investors, innovators, educators, and businesses to The Light of the Nation. It is also aligned with the resolution of the Nigerian Governors’ forum of January 2020 and the launching of the National Broadband Plan by Mr. President in March 2020.”
 
The actions of Governors Abdulrahman and Obiano in crashing the Right of Way charges are indeed timely and truly commendable. They align with the resolution of the meeting between the Honourable Minister and the State Governors under the auspices of the Governors’ Forum on the 22nd of January 2020 to address the lingering issue of Right of Way (RoW) charges in a bid to deepen broadband penetration in the country and promote a Digital Economy for a Digital Nigeria.
 
Implementing this resolution will go a long way in supporting the execution of the National Broadband Plan (NBP) which was launched by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, on the 19th of March 2020.
 
An increase in broadband access will have a positive impact on the economy of the various States as well as the entire country. One of the key benefits is the rapid growth in the gross domestic product (GDP) of any country that increases its broadband penetration. The negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has accentuated the importance of broadband in supporting economies around the world.
 
Dr Pantami congratulates and commends the Executive Governors of Kwara and Anambra States for making this important decision. The Honourable Minister would again like to use this opportunity to encourage all other Executive Governors to emulate this action in order to accelerate broadband penetration across the country.
 
 
 
Dr Femi Adeluyi
Technical Assistant (Information Technology) to the
Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy
8th June, 2020
Super User Written by June 05, 2020

In an effort to consolidate the gains made in the telecommunications sector in line with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the reappointment of Professor Umar Garba Danbattaas the Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission.

Professor Danbatta’s reappointment was based on the recommendation of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, in line with the Nigerian Communications Act, 2003.

While wishing Professor Danbatta the best, the Honourable Minister directs him to significantly improve on the overall performance of the Commission as well as ensure that adequate mechanisms are put in place to facilitate the implementation of all policies of Federal Government through the Ministry. Furthermore, the Honourable Minister enjoined him to ensure that the interest of telecommunication consumers, Nigerians and investors are adequately protected.

 

 

Uwa Suleiman (Mrs)
Spokesperson to the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy,
Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy,
Federal Secretariat Complex,
Phase I, Annex III,
Shehu Shagari Way,
Abuja - FCT
5th June 2020

Super User Written by June 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;
  3. 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;
  4. 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
  5. 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 June 03, 2020

The Nigerian telecommunications industry, depends on a number of infrastructure that play a critical role in the smooth delivery of telecoms services.  These are part of Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) because of the important role they play, in ensuring security and in the delivery of other essential services.

As part of the policy of the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Honourable Minister of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, has championed efforts to identify telecommunications infrastructure as Critical National Infrastructure, with a view to protecting them from vandalization and theft, amongst other things.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, has led to a massive migration to digital platforms and has increased the level of importance of Critical National Infrastructure to the sustenance of our economy and the security of the nation. 

The Honourable Minister is delighted to inform stakeholders in the telecommunications industry that, His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has approved and also directed that necessary physical protective measures be emplaced to safeguard telecommunications infrastructure deployed across the country. The Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), Defence Headquarters (DHQ), Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Department of State Security Services (DSS) and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), have been notified of Mr President’s directive. We are also working towards the reinforcement of these directives through appropriate regulatory instruments. Dr Pantami specially appreciates the security institutions, and commends the commitment they have demonstrated in securing these infrastructure.

The implementation of the National Broadband Plan (NBP) and the implementation of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy, both unveiled by Mr. President, have repositioned the ICT sector.  This is evident by the recent ‘Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product Report’ released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) which showed that the ICT sector contributed an unprecedented 14.07% to the total real GDP in the first quarter of 2020.

The Honorable Minister is truly grateful for the timely approval of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, and we are confident that this will address the challenge of vandalism of our Critical National Infrastructure.  It will also go a long way in supporting the implementation of the National Broadband Plan (2020-2025).

Finally, the Federal Government strongly urges the Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) to ensure that they further reduce the price of data and calls for citizens. This is to reciprocate this gesture, and to submit a comprehensive list of their facility locations all over the country.

 

 

Signed

Uwa Suleiman (Mrs)

Spokesperson to the Honourable Minister of Communications & Digital Economy

2nd June 2020

ICT CONTRIBUTES 14.07% TO NIGERIA’S GDP
Super User Written by May 30, 2020
The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, is delighted to hear of the growth of ICT’s contribution to Nigeria’s GDP in the first quarter of 2020 (Q1 2020). The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) released ‘Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product Report’ for Q1 2020 on the 25th of May, 2020.
 
The Report observed that the country’s GDP grew by 1.87% (year-on-year) in real terms in Q1 2020. The non-oil sector contributed 90.50% to the nation’s GDP in Q1 2020 as opposed to the 9.50% contributed to total real GDP by the oil sector. It is noteworthy that the ICT sector contributed 14.07% to the total real GDP in Q1 2020, higher than its contribution a year earlier (13.32%) and in the preceding quarter, in which it accounted for 13.12%.
 
The Honorable Minister notes that the growing contribution of the ICT sector to the GDP is a direct result of the focused and committed effort of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR. The strategic policy directions of the Federal Government include the inclusion of Digital Economy in the mandate of the Ministry, the unveiling and implementation of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy and the National Broadband Plan, amongst others.
 
The COVID-19 pandemic 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 calls on 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 (Information Technology) to the
Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy
29th May 2020
PANTAMI COMMENDS GOVERNORS EL-RUFAI, UZODIMMA, MASARI AND LALONG FOR IMPLEMENTING RIGHT OF WAY RESOLUTION
Super User Written by May 21, 2020

The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, is delighted to hear about the strides that have been made by the Executive Governors of Kaduna, Imo, Katsina and Plateau States with respect to Right of Way (RoW) charges. The RoW charges in these States have either been pegged at a maximum of N145 per linear metre or waived altogether.

The RoW charges in Kaduna State have been completely waived, while the charges in Katsina, Plateau and Imo State have been pegged at a maximum N145 per linear metre. On the 20th of May 2020, Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State signed Executive Order No. 002, 2020, “significantly reducing Right of Way (RoW) of telecommunication companies in the state from N4,500 to N145 per meter in tandem with federal government policy”.

The actions of the Governors are truly commendable. They also align with the resolution of the State Governors under the auspices of the Governors’ Forum on the 22nd of January 2020 to address the lingering issue of Right of Way (RoW) charges in a bid to deepen broadband penetration in the country and promote a Digital Economy for a Digital Nigeria.

At that meeting the Executive Governors had resolved to adopt the 2013 resolutions reached by the National Economic Council (NEC) which agreed on a maximum RoW charge of N145 per linear meter of fibre. Implementing this resolution will go a long way in implementing the National Broadband Plan (NBP) which was launched by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, on the 19th of March 2020.

An increase in broadband access will have a positive impact on the economy of the various States as well as the entire country. One of the key benefits is the rapid growth in the gross domestic product (GDP) of any country that increases its broadband penetration. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how important broadband is in supporting economies around the world.

The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy congratulates and commends the Executive Governors of Kaduna, Imo, Katsina and Plateau States for these very important actions. We would like to encourage other Executive Governors to do the same in order to support the development of our digital economy, facilitate digital literacy and accelerate broadband penetration across the country. This will also improve our Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

 

Dr Femi Adeluyi
Technical Assistant (Information Technology) to the
Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy
21st May, 2020