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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

FEDERAL MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS URGES RESTRAINT ON HARASSMENT OF YOUNG NIGERIANS WITH COMPUTING DEVICES BY SECURITY AGENCIES
Super User Written by October 02, 2019

The attention of the Federal Ministry of Communications (FMC), has been drawn to reports of widespread harassment of young Nigerians with personal computers, tablets or phablets in public places. These reports indicate that young persons are generally regarded as fraudsters by officers of security agencies if found with such devices in their possession and subsequently subjected to varied forms of harassment and in some cases outright extortion.

The Ministry notes with dismay, this unfortunate turn of events as we celebrate the growing and bubbling technology eco-system in Nigeria that enables young persons to learn various skills ranging from software engineering to varied forms of entrepreneurship by simply accessing online tools and content on these devices. We are aware that several other persons have engaged in nefarious activities utilising computers and similar devices, we must however be careful not to paint all young Nigerians with a similar brush. At this time, we commend the efforts of some law enforcement agencies, particularly the approach of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in intelligence gathering and subsequent apprehension of these unscrupulous elements who use computing systems to commit cybercrimes.

It should be further noted that, many young Nigerians have contributed significantly to the impressive growth of the Nigerian economy and have created employment for youth in Nigeria.The digital economy in Nigeria has continued to soar thereby giving impetus to the growth of ICT as a major segment of the economy. It would therefore be counterproductive to stifle this sector of the economy by labelling every young Nigerian with a computing device as a fraudster.

It is in this light that the Federal Ministry of Communications frowns at the current profiling and harassment of young Nigerians and therefore admonishes security agencies to be circumspect in these situations. We understand the need for proactivity to protect the society, however this must be done credibly while recognising the fundamental human rights of every citizen of Nigeria. If these situation goes unchecked, it will dampen the vigorous attempt at diversifying the economy and rather push more young energies underground with catastrophic consequences.

The Ministry is committed to working closely with parastatals under her supervision, particularly the National Information Technology Development Agencies (NITDA), Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). We will also work with relevant security agencies, Hubs and all groups promoting digital capacity building in Nigeria to ensure that such incidents are completely eliminated and that all hands are on deck to promote the growth of a healthy eco-system supportive of young Nigerians and creating opportunities to harness their energies.

The Federal Ministry of Communications will keep working assiduously to foster the growth of a knowledge-based economy and facilitate ICT as a key tool in the transformation of Nigeria in the areas of job creation, economic growth and transparency in governance.

 

Signed
Uwa Suleiman (Mrs)
Spokesperson to the Honourable Minister of Communications
October 1st 2019

DR PANTAMI'S DIRECTIVE LEADS TO DEACTIVATION OF THE REMAINING OVER 2.2M IMPROPERLY REGISTERED SIM CARDS
Super User Written by September 28, 2019

In line with the directives of the Honourable Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS FBCS MCPN, the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has ensured that all improperly registered SIM card numbers have been blocked.  

This was as a result of Dr Pantami’s directives that no improperly registered SIM card number should remain active beyond 11:59pm of Wednesday, 25th of September, 2019. Subsequently, according to the report submitted by the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC on Thursday, 26th September, a total of 2,277,311 improperly registered lines have been blocked. As earlier reported, 6,830,249 lines have been revalidated since the directive was given. Dr Pantami has reiterated the need for all improperly registered SIM cards to remain blocked until they are properly registered.

This achievement within 36 days of Dr Pantami’s assumption of office is unprecedented. The Honourable Minister wishes to sincerely appreciate the Regulator and the Telecom Operators for working hard to carry out the directive in record time. He urges them to redouble their efforts in ensuring that the momentum is sustained.

The Federal Ministry of Communications is collaborating with the relevant parastatals and security Agencies to ensure that no stone is left unturned in ensuring that the security of lives and property in the nation is not compromised through the use of SIM card numbers. Pursuant to this, Dr Pantami has directed that the profiles of persons linked to crime, aided and abetted by the use of SIM cards, should be promptly provided to the relevant security agencies when requested and a copy be sent to him for monitoring.

The Ministry will continue to work with relevant parastatals and security agencies in the background to ensure that SIM card numbers are not used as a platform for committing crime.

 

Source: Press Unit, Federal Ministry of Communications

Dr Pantami Drums Support for Nigerian Digital Natives at Dubai
Super User Written by September 20, 2019

Leveraging on the fact that Nigeria is a haven for ICT investment, blessed with a youthful population that are digital natives and also with the intent of exposing Nigerian Startups to global opportunities, the Honourable Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS FBCS, FIIM is at Dubai to hold a meeting with representatives of Dubai World Trade Centre, organizer of Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX).

The Honourable Minister, a Next Level champion is expected to lead Nigeria’s participation to the global event with the aim of Networking with IT Professionals, woo Foreign Direct Investment and expose Nigeria's potentials to the World.

GITEX is an annual consumer computer and electronics trade show, exhibition, and conference that takes place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the 2019 Edition is with the theme “Synergizing the Mind and Technology Economy”.

 

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

Super User Written by September 08, 2019

The Honourable Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has hailed ICT’s contribution GDP in the second quarter. In the report released by National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the contribution of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) surpassed that of Oil and Gas in the second quarter of 2019.

The report, released on Tuesday 2nd September, 2019, observed that the country’s GDP grew by 1.94% (year-on-year) in real terms in the second quarter of 2019 compared to the second quarter of 2018, which recorded a growth of 1.50%. Furthermore, the non-oil sector contributed 91.18% to the nation’s GDP in the second quarter of 2019 as opposed to the 8.82% contributed to total real GP by the oil sector. Particularly, the ICT sector contributed 13.85% to total nominal GDP in the second quarter of 2019 which is much higher than the 11.22% contributed in the same period in 2018.

The Honorable Minister observed that the significant contribution of the ICT sector to the GDP is as a result of the concerted efforts of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, especially the manner in which the implementation of the administration’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) is being pursued. These efforts, he said, led to a sustained focus on growing the non-oil sector of the economy, especially ICT and the results witnessed are testimonies of impact of these efforts. 

The Honorable Minister reiterated the Communication Ministry’s commitment to the economic diversification efforts of the present administration and called on all stakeholders to support Mr President’s laudable initiatives aimed at taking Nigeria to the next level.

 

Source: Press Unit, Ministry of Communications

Country Director, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Mr. Woochan Chang, Minister of Communications, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami)and Vice President, Korea Institute of Development Strategy, Dr. OH Kwansok  during a meeting at the Ministry of Communications Headquarters, Abuja
Super User Written by September 08, 2019

The Honourable Minister of Communications, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) has reiterated the need to take the issue of E-Government from theoretical to practical approach by government officials in order to ensure strategy implementation of E-Government in line with the next level agenda of Mr. President and the administration. 

He stated this during a meeting with the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) led by its Country Director, Mr. Woochan Chang to the Ministry’s Headquarters in Abuja. 

The Minister said that the Federal Government has recognized the support, collaboration and trainings facilitated for many public servants in Nigeria by KOICA, noting that Government is ready to continue to partner and work with them to move the E-Government implementation to the next level. In his words, “We must sit down and take the issue of E-Government from theoretical to practical approach. I am glad we already have E-Government Master Plan in place but I always challenge my colleagues that producing master plan, blue print or strategies is not enough until we do what we can to translate it into action”. 

He said, “If a document is produced and documented in our place without implementation, the aims would have been defeated because the strategy is just theoretical, execution of that theory is where our expertise needs to be displayed”.  Pantami said living in theoretical form would not solve the problem but to make sure government officials put a strategy in place to implement the master plan religiously and ensure that the country reaps the expected result for its socio-economic development, by creating digital jobs. We want to ensure that all the agencies under the Ministry play significant roles in the area of E-Government implementation”, He added. 

The Minister thanked the KOICA team for the provision of E-Government Training Centre at the Public Service Institute of Nigeria (PSIN) and assured them that government will ensure that all Ministries, Departments and Agencies do partake in the training. 

Earlier, the KOICA team led by its Country Director, Mr. Woochan Chang pointed out that the team has been collaborating with the Ministry to develop E-Government in Nigeria and that it has engaged with many other stakeholders such as the Open Government Partnership (OGP), Civil Society Organization (CSO) and others for effective implementation of the E-Government in Nigeria. 

In conclusion, he invited the Honourable Minister to the handing over of the E-Government Training Centre and urged the Ministry on its part to come up with operational plans that would involve MDAs and States in the country.

 

Source: Press Unit, Ministry of Communications