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Nigerian Youths are Disruptive in Nature - Dr Pantami
Super User Written by October 29, 2019

Building on the fact that Nigeria has a youthful population with an average age of 18 years whom are digital natives and addicted to ICT, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM has challenged the youths to channel their enthusiasm towards critical thinking that will result in disruptive innovative ideas that can move the country forward.

The progressive thinking Minister gave this advice today while delivering a lecture as a special guest speaker titled "ICT as a catalyst for Nigeria economic development in the 21st century", during the 7th Convocation Ceremony of Nile University held in Abuja, Nigeria.

The Honourable Minister stated that Nigerian youths are naturally talented with crazy ideas that can transform the country into a regional and global ICT powerhouse, highlighting that the world is on the brink of a technological revolution known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), which will completely alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another.

The Minister further emphasized that the ministry under his watch will create an enabling environment for the creation of digital jobs across all the geopolitical zones in the country, “we want to help a large number of Nigerians to acquire digital skills to the point that we become a potential destination for digital jobs from across the globe”, he said.

Dr Pantami revealed that plans are underway to embark on a large scale intensive ICT digital literacy programme, which is targeted at preparing Nigerian youths to take advantage of digital opportunities, underlining that the programme is a deliberate effort to make Nigeria a regional hub of software engineers and a global outsourcing destination.

Pantami concluded by calling on the graduating students to possess self-determination and fighting spirit, willingness to start from somewhere, chases their passion vigorously and also challenge their successes.

He said “be passionate about your career, be very hardworking and ensure that you always raise the bar of your level of integrity”, adding that, this way you will position yourself for notable success.

 

 

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

 

PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI RENAMES COMMUNICATIONS MINISTRY TO FEDERAL MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL ECONOMY
Super User Written by October 23, 2019

The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, has granted the prayers of the Honourable Minister of Communications Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM to properly position and empower the Ministry to fulfill his Digital Economy objectives. The Ministry which supervises the ICT Sector has been renamed The Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy to further expand its mandate to capture the goals of digitalization of the Nigerian economy in line with the Economic Growth and Recovery Plan (EGRP), one of the key agenda of the present administration.

According to the Honourable Minister, the former name was not only limiting in pursuing the objectives of a digital economy, but obsolete as it did not reflect the trends as emphasized by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).  ICT contribution to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) stood at 13.85% in the second quarter of 2019. The change of nomenclature will propel the Ministry to reposition its strategic objectives as laid out in the priority areas of this administration while accelerating growth and social inclusion.

Dr Pantami cited examples of global and African economies like Scotland, Thailand, Tunisia, Benin Republic and Burkina Faso among others who have adopted deliberate strategies and created Ministries of Digital Economy in line with global best practice, and especially the European Union which has a commissioner for Digital Economy.  

In a letter containing his approval, the President noted that the request is in line with global best practice which will further reflect the priorities of his administration. The approved name has been announced and adopted by the Federal Executive Council today, 23rd October 2019.

 

 

Signed
Philomena Oshodin
Deputy Director
Press & Public Relations
23rd 0ctober 2019

 

DISCONTINUATION OF ALLEGED USSD SERVICE CHARGE BY MTN NIGERIA
Super User Written by October 20, 2019

The attention of the Federal Ministry of Communications has been drawn to the viral text message allegedly sent by the Mobile Network Operator MTN Nigeria and other Mobile Operators notifying subscribers of a four naira (N4:00) charge per 20 seconds on USSD access to banking services from the 21st of October 2019.

The office of the Honourable Minister of Communications Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM is unaware of this development and has hereby directed the sector regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) ensures the operator suspends such plans until the Honourable Minister is fully and properly briefed.

 

Signed
Uwa Suleiman (Mrs)
Spokesperson to the Honourable Minister of Communications
20th October 2019

PANTAMI DIRECTS NCC TO ADDRESS HIGH COST, ILLEGAL DEDUCTIONS OF DATA, GALAXY TO IMPROVE OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCIES
Super User Written by October 20, 2019

According to the report from UK-based price comparison website — Cable, Nigeria is not among the top 10 African countries with low average price of data, a position the Honourable Minister of Communications, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami finds worrisome considering the fact that the country has over 174 Million internet users according to the report made public by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

Similarly, the Minister also finds it unacceptable that with the prevailing high cost of data in Nigeria, the citizens still do not enjoy value for money as subscribers’ battle daily with illegal deduction of data, poor Quality of Service (QoS) among others.

It is on this backdrop that the Honourable Minister directed NCC, the telecom regulators as a matter of urgency to immediately work hand in hand with the telecom operators and ensure they are a downward review of the price of data in Nigeria, improved quality of service provided and also checkmate the illegal deduction of subscribers’ data.

The Communications Minister gave this marching orders shortly after being briefed by the commission on the progress made in the implementation of the Short-Term Performance targets set for it to achieve.

It would be recalled that early last month, the Minister directed the commission;

  1. To bring to an end the issue of sales of pre-registered, unregistered and partially-registered SIM cards; and
  2. To stem the tide of illegal deduction of the data of subscribers and work towards the downward review of the cost of data; and
  3. To ensure compliance with the maximum 2% Call Drop Rate directive to telecom operators.

The move was in line with His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari directives to ensure that all agencies under the supervision of a ministry are effective, efficient and accountable in the discharge of their responsibilities.

Dr Pantami also reminded NCC that as a regulator, their major priority should be protecting the interest of Nigerians and urged them to uphold professionalism and diligence in the discharge of their official responsibilities. 

The commission also tabled challenges of the operators which includes vandalism of telecom infrastructures, inadequate power supply, right of way, hooliganism, multiple taxations among others and used the opportunity to call for the swift intervention of the Minister to address the issues.

In the same vein, the Communications Minister also directed Galaxy Backbone Plc, a government-owned Information Technology service provider to think out of the box, leverage on the advantage it has as a government-funded entity to deliver effective and efficient services to Nigerians, and in turn attract more revenue for the government. 

The Honourable Minister reminded Galaxy that the Nigerian government invested in it to reap the dividend of its investment, consequently, the Minister Challenged Galaxy to ensure more Ministries (,) Department (and) Agencies (MDA) are patronizing it services, stressing that excuses would not be accepted or tolerated.

The Minister further urged Galaxy to work hand in hand with the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) to expand its reach and take advantage of NITDA's regulatory authority. 

It would be recalled that early last month, the Minister directed Galaxy;

  1. To improve the reach and coverage of its services in the public sector; and
  2. To significantly improve the quality of services provided. 

Dr Pantami also notified the Chief Executives that the scorecard of their performance on Short-Term Targets and new targets will be sent to them for implementation.

Pantami, a Next Level Prime Mover maintained that Nigeria as a nation can only grow if the citizens patronize what she produces and also produce what she needs. 

The Federal Ministry of Communications is a Ministry created to foster a knowledge-based economy and information society in Nigeria, it was conceived to facilitate ICT as a key tool in the transformation agenda for Nigeria in the areas of job creation, economic growth and transparency of governance.

 

 

Signed

Yusuf Abubakar

Personal Assistant to the Honourable Minister of Communications (New Media)

20th October, 2019

The Honourable Minister of Communications,  Dr Isa Ali Pantami  with the  Vice President, IBM Citizenship Global Markets & Digital Hub, Jean-Christophe Knoertzer at the Ministry's Headquarters, Abuja
Super User Written by October 16, 2019

Young Nigerians are blessed with crazy and disruptive ideas, what they require is mentorship, guidance and an enabling environment to thrive, the Honourable Minister, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM has said.

The visionary Minister made this assertion today while addressing a delegation from International Business Machines (IBM), who paid a working visit to the Ministry’s Headquarters, Abuja.

The tech giants were at the Ministry to explore partnership which is aimed at promoting education and skills development for Nigerian Digital Natives.

Dr Pantami used the opportunity to commend IBM for upholding high ethical standards and pointed out that Government alone cannot be employers of labour, stressing that, the Ministry under his watch is coming up with a broad policy that will focus more on creating jobs outside the government.

The Minister further pledged the Ministry’s 100% commitment to work with IBM, stating that the vision of the Ministry is not just to produce job seekers, but rather, job providers.

 

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

The Honourable Minister of Communications ??, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM with Mr Abdulkarim Bashir, the young Nigerian who won the Startup Innovation Competition
Super User Written by October 11, 2019

The Honourable Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS and leader of the Nigerian delegation to the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX) 2019, has congratulated the winner of the startup innovation competition, Abdulkarim Bashir. The young Nigerian defeated 750 other contestants from 73 countries at the biggest technology and innovation show in the Middle East, Africa and Asia with his Artificial Intelligence security solution Chiniki Guard, aimed at detecting and alerting business owners of security breaches in their shops.

In the same vein, the Minister commended the efforts of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) for its relentless support, encouragement and motivation by providing sponsorship for the country’s young innovators to the event. An ecstatic Pantami also praised the immense contributions of the Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIIE), a subsidiary arm of NITDA, towards the development of indigenous technology innovation in Nigeria.

“NITDA as regulator of the IT Sector has continued to empower, promote and invest in young talent in the industry through the Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIIE) in a bid to drive the President’s vision for technological advancement in Nigeria. This is a national success worthy of celebration as our efforts have begun yielding the desired results. The success is a clear testimony of the commitment of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in promoting our youths and other Nigerians as prioritised by the Executive Orders 003 and 005.” Dr Pantami further stated that “We will continue to support and encourage Local Content Development and Promotion in our determination to transform our economy from a resource-based to a knowledge-based society”

The Minister has directed NITDA and OIIE to continue to monitor and support the winner and other tech startups and ensure the deployment of their solutions in Nigeria.

Signed
Uwa Suleiman (Mrs)
Spokesperson to the Honourable Minister of Communications
9th October 2019

DR PANTAMI DIRECTS PARASTATALS TO ACCEPT CORPS MEMBERS AND TRAIN THEM ON ENTREPRENUERSHIP
Super User Written by October 08, 2019

The attention of the Federal Ministry of Communications has been drawn to the recent spate of rejecting Corps Members posted on National service by some Parastatals under its supervision. The Honourable Minister of Communications Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) FNCS, FBCS, FIIM has therefore, directed that all Departments and Agencies under his purview must comply with the provisions of the law regarding the NYSC scheme.

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria with the objective of inculcating the spirit of selfless service to the community, encourage and develop ties among youths and to emphasise the spirit of oneness and brotherhood in all Nigerians irrespective of cultural or social background. It is in pursuant of this objective that the Federal Government mandated all Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to make adequate provision for Youth Corps Members to carry out their mandatory national assignment.

The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, is particularly mindful of the fact that the future of our great country depends on the youths and therefore, they must be equipped for the critical role that lies ahead. To this end, the Honourable Minister of Communications has initiated a policy to ensure corps members are equipped with adequate entrepreneurial skills at the end of their service year to properly empower and position them as entrepreneurs instead of job seekers. The Honourable Minister of Communications hereby directs that with immediate effect, all Agencies and Parastatals under the supervision of his Ministry must:

  1. Provide opportunities for an appreciable number of Youth Corps members within their capacities in their regional and Head offices annually, with adequate arrangements for their renumeration;
  2. Give special attention to graduates with ICT – related qualifications;
  • Ensure the effective use of their time by posting them to relevant Departments/Units/Sections of the organization; and
  1. Plan and execute special ICT Entrepreneurial skills capacity building programmes for serving Corps Members.

The Honourable Minister of Communications is confident that these measures will be pivotal to the realisation of this administration’s Next Level Agenda of building a prosperous and globally competitive economy for the benefit of all Nigerians.

 

Source: Press Unit, Federal Ministry of Communications

08/10/2019

5G Technology Underway in Nigeria – Dr Pantami
Super User Written by October 07, 2019

The Honourable Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM has disclosed that Nigeria is undergoing a trial phased in her quest to deployed 5G technology in the country, championed by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in collaboration with relevant security agencies.

The Next level champion made this disclosure today as a speaker, during the “GITEX Showdown Debate with audience participation; are we at risk of the next cyber-pearl-harbour?”.

The Minister maintained that vulnerability is inevitable as long as one is online, but the country under his leadership is coming up with regulatory instruments to guide her in the deployment of the technology.

Dr Pantami stated that developmental regulation will play a great role in aiding 5G technology, adding that capacity development will accelerate the deployment in Nigeria.

Pantami said, “cybercrime is perpetrated at the speed of light, while cybersecurity is at the speed of the law”.

Speakers at the session included Elisabeth Braw, Journalist, Senior Research Fellow - RUSI (Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies), Jawad Jalal Abbassi, Head of Middle East and North Africa (MENA) – GSMA and Dritan Kaleshi, Head of Technology (5G) - Digital Catapult.

 

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

Ambassador, CEOs Hail President Buhari on Dr Pantami's Appointment
Super User Written by October 07, 2019

Seeing the recent success recorded in the first 45 days in office as the Honourable Minister of Communications, Federal Republic of Nigeria, in which contribution of ICT to GDP surpassed Oil and Gas, all SIM Cards in circulation in Nigeria registered, 35% Broadband Penetration recorded, foundation for Digital transformation being put in place, the Ambassador of Nigeria to the United Arab Emirates, His Excellency, Amb Mohammed Dansanta Rimi has commended His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing a young ICT professional to head the IT Industry.

Amb Rimi made his position known today while giving a goodwill message during the official commissioning of the Nigerian pavilion at the 39th Edition of Gulf Information Technology Exhibition Conference (GITEX) taking place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Similarly, the position of the diplomat was upheld by the Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mr Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi who described the Minister as a mentor and forward-thinking progressive individual with a clear vision for digital transformation.

The Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta attributed the 35% broadband penetration success to the inspirational leadership of Dr Pantami, on his part, the Managing Director, Galaxy Backbone Ltd, Arch Yusuf Kazuare said: “ Dr Pantami is taking Nigeria to a new level”.

 

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

 

The Hon. Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Ali Pantami with the World Bank Country Director (Nigeria), Mr Shubham Chaudhuri at the Ministry's Headquarters, Abuja.
Super User Written by October 03, 2019

The issue of improperly registered SIM Cards had been going on for the past seven (7) years, but this time around, within forty five (45) days, we were able to solve the menace, most of the telecom operators were planning to see me, I refused to see them and directed them to get back on track first, the Honourable Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM has said.

The tireless energetic Minister made this assertion today while making his remarks during a meeting held with a delegation from the World Bank Group, led by the Country Director (Nigeria), Mr Shubham Chaudhuri held at the Ministry's Headquarters, Abuja.

The global partners were at the Ministry to explore possible areas of collaboration aimed at eliminating global poverty and making efficient use of the Digital Space in Nigeria.

Dr. Pantami also disclosed the key focused area of the Ministry which includes, Fostering a Digital Economy; Promoting Indigenous Technologies; e-government implementation; Increased Broadband Penetration; Digital Job Creation; Digital Literacy and Effective ICT Regulation.

Pantami said, "Nigeria is blessed with an average youthful population of 18.5 years that are digital natives, as the Honourable Minister, under my watch, the Ministry will work round the clock to come up with policies that would promote the Nigerian youths and support a digital economy".

 

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

03/10/2019