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PANTAMI RECEIVES PRESIDENTIAL COMMENDATION AS PRESIDENT BUHARI DIRECTS SECURITY INSTITUTIONS TO LEVERAGE ON THE FIFTH GENERATION PLATFORM
Super User Written by January 25, 2022
President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR today, Tuesday 25th January 2022, commended the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) for “delivering the mandate for a digital Nigeria”. The President was speaking at the launching of the Fifth Generation (5G) Network for a digital Nigeria at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
 
President Buhari who expressed his satisfaction with the exemplary leadership and unprecedented developments Professor Pantami has brought to bear on the digital economy sector as well as the country at large, said “I applaud the commitment and consistency of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, towards the delivery of the mandate of developing Nigeria’s digital economy. The progress has been unprecedented and truly commendable”. He further emphasized that the Digital Economy sector has had a significant impact on the nation’s economy through its development and implementation of impactful policies.
 
President Buhari enumerated some of the sector’s contributions to include; the fastest growing sector in 2020, recording double-digit growth rates of 14.70% and 12.90% respectively, a 17.92% contribution to the national GDP, the prime role in enabling our economy swiftly exit the pandemic-triggered recession, among others.
 
The president reiterated that 5G technologies can support every sector by enhancing connectivity, healthcare, education, foster smart cities, boost agriculture and support security institutions with real time information. “To this end, I hereby direct all the security institutions to immediately leverage 5G when deployed, in order to beef up security in the country and the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy is to oversee a multi-stakeholder implementation of the policy”
 
 
Uwa Suleiman
Spokesperson to the Honourable Minister
25th January 2022
WE ARE CHAMPIONING A PARADIGM SHIFT THAT EMPHASIZES SKILLS– Pantami
Super User Written by January 20, 2022
The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) today Thursday, 20th January 2022 reiterated government’s commitment to support and promote the development of digital skills among its citizens through partnerships and collaborations with relevant global institutions.
 
Professor Pantami was speaking as the Special Guest of Honour during a virtual workshop organized by the World Bank on Digital Skills Roadmap. The Minister remarked that “we are championing a paradigm shift with emphasis on skills, particularly digital skills over merely having degrees without skills. A Digital Economy cannot be developed in silos and that is why the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy has entered into mutually beneficial partnerships with global technology giants and institutions in order to empower our citizens, with the requisite skills to become employers, rather than employees in the long run”. The Minister also disclosed that over 500,000 Nigerians have so far benefitted from digital skills empowerment programmes at various levels, initiated and driven by the Ministry and the parastatals under its purview.
 
The collaboration between the two institutions will provide technical assistance to the Nigerian Government to advance its quest for digital skills as captured in the second pillar of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) document. It will be recalled that the World Bank has been in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, in the development of Nigeria’s digital economy since President Muhammadu Buhari launched the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) document in November of 2019.
 
 
Uwa Suleiman
Spokesperson To The Honourable Minister
20th January 2022
PANTAMI PAYS SUPERVISORY VISIT TO NIGCOMSAT
Super User Written by January 17, 2022
In a bid to deepen the use of satellite communications in Nigeria for National Development, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) pays a supervisory visit to the Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT), a parastatal under the supervision of the Ministry.
 
The working visit was aimed at having an onsite assessment of the facilities of NIGCOMSAT and also provide the Minister an opportunity to interact with the management and staff of the Nigerian own satellite company.
 
The official visit was also part of the move to enhance the efficiency of NIGCOMSAT and consolidate its business model.
 
During the visit, Minister Pantami did a technical tour of the facilities of the satellite company.
 
NIGCOMSAT is empowered by law to operate the Nigerian Communications Satellite Systems.
 
 
Source: Mr Yusuf Abubakar, Personal Assistant (New Media) to The Honourable Minister
17th January 2022
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT APPROVES 6000 DIGITAL TABLETS AND THE DEPLOYMENT OF REGULATORY SYSTEMS
Super User Written by December 08, 2021
The Federal Executive Council approved the implementation of the Advanced Digital Awareness Programme for Tertiary Institutions (ADAPTI) and the deployment of a regulatory system to support the telecommunications industry at its meeting on the 8th of December, 2021.
 
This followed the presentation of memos by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami). The Minister was accompanied by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Bitrus Bako Nabasu, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Dambatta, Prof Sahalu Junaidu and the Director of Financial Services of NCC, Mr. Yakubu Gontor.
 
The ADAPTI is aimed at bridging the digital gaps that exist in the academia by promoting the practical application of technology in research, teaching and learning in tertiary institutions. The approved programme will include the distribution of 6,000 digital tablets and is aimed at:
 
1. Encouraging the appreciation and use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in the country, particularly in tertiary institutions;
2. Providing access to ICT tools;
3. Promoting economic empowerment through self-development; and
4. Stimulating demand for products and services in the telecommunication sector.
 
The ADAPTI will be implemented by NCC and it aligns with a number of pillars of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) 2020-2030, including the pillars on Digital literacy and Skills, Solid Infrastructure, Digital Services Development and Promotion, Digital Society and Emerging Technologies and Indigenous Content Development and Adoption.
 
The Federal Executive Council also approved the deployment of regulatory systems to monitor, detect and block SIMBox and Call Masking Traffic within the country’s telecommunications industry. These hardware devices are of high-end configurations/specifications meant to ensure seamless optimal functionality, bearing in mind the volume of data inflow from the four (4) major Mobile Network Operators (MNOs). The derivable benefits of the systems include the:
 
1. Implementation of a system to continuously monitor incidences of SIMBOXING in the industry;
2. Detection of incidences of SIMBOXING in the entire MNO networks, round the clock, in near real time or real time preferably and reporting the same in applicable formats;
3. Effective blocking of calls from SIMBOXES while also blocking the SIMs being used for the activity across all operators;
4. Implementation of a Call Masking/Calling Line Identification (CLI) Spoofing System to continuously monitor incidences of Call Masking/CLI Spoofing in the industry;
5. Detection of incidences of Call Masking in the entire MNO networks, round the clock, in near real time or real time preferably and reporting the same in applicable formats; and
6. Proactive blocking of Masked/Spoofed CLI calls at the origination stage to prevent successful call routing to the called subscriber.
 
The use of SIMBoxing and Call Masking has posed a challenge in meeting the critical security information needs of the telecommunications industry. The deployment of these systems will address the challenge. The deployment is also in alignment with the Soft Infrastructure pillar of NDEPS.
 
The Honourable Minister, Ministry and the telecommunications ecosystem are grateful for the tremendous support of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR. The Ministry will continue to position Nigeria to leverage technology in order to transform Nigeria into a leading digital economy.
 
 
 
Dr Femi Adeluyi
Technical Assistant (Research & Development) to the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy
8th December, 2021
PRES. BUHARI, PANTAMI, OTHERS ATTEND DUBAI EXPO 2020
Super User Written by December 04, 2021
His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the global community of the Federal Government's determination and readiness to partner with investors in critical sectors of Nigeria's economy.
 
Mr. President gave this assurance while making his remarks during Nigeria's special day at the EXPO 2020 taking place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) with the theme "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future".
 
The Nigerian digital economy sector has experienced significant growth in the last few years as a result of the deliberate reforms that have been championed by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, through the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.
 
Nigeria’s ICT sector recorded an unprecedented 17.92% contribution in the second quarter of 2021 (Q2 2021) – its highest ever contribution to the country’s GDP). This is according to the 2nd Quarter 2021 GDP Report released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
 
 
 
Source: Mr Yusuf Abubakar, Personal Assistant (New Media) to The Honourable Minister
4th December 2021
DATA PROTECTION IS CONSTITUTIONAL IN NIGERIA, PANTAMI TELLS GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY MINISTERS
Super User Written by December 01, 2021
Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) today, 30th November 2021, informed the forum of Ministers attending the Future Tech Forum in London, that the protection of citizens data in the country is not just a secondary legislation but a constitutional requirement.
 
The Minister who addressed his global counterparts at a forum titled; THE FUTURE OF TRUST IN DATA AS A FORCE FOR GOOD, disclosed that the Nigeria Data Protection regulation (NDPR) 2019 is in full effect to build trust between the government and the governed, with non-compliance attractinga stiff penalties. ’Nigeria already has some policies in place to ensure the protection of citizens data and to also build trust between government and citizens. There is also a subsidiary legislation called the guidelines for processing personal data which gives impetus to the NDPR and assurance of confidentiality to citizens. Thirdly, government also invested in creating awareness among the citizenry to enable understanding of both the regulation and government’s willingness to adhere to the dictates of law regarding confidentiality”
 
Professor Pantami further disclosed that prior to the NDPR of 2019, the Cyber crimes Act of 2015, provides for “lawful intercept which is only effected when a security institution establishes a Prima Facie case of a crime, otherwise, the confidentiality of citizens communications and correspondences are guaranteed. The Federal Government of Nigeria has further engaged the services of Data Protection Compliance officers (DPCOs) to further create awareness and serve as middlemen between the government and aggrieved citizens in addressing breaches where they may occur. The Minister also noted that data collection played a significant role in aiding government’s proactiveness in curtailing and managing the COVID 19 challenge in Nigeria.
 
In attendance were the sector ministers from the United States of America (USA), China, Korea, Kenya, Japan, Sweden, Senegal, the European Union, Canada, Singapore to mention but a few.
 
 
Uwa Suleiman
Spokesperson to the Honourable Minister
30th November 2021
PANTAMI CALLS FOR AN INTERNATIONAL APPROACH TO CYBERSECURITY
Super User Written by November 30, 2021
Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) today, 30th November 2021 while addressing the Forum of technology ministers at the Future Tech Forum in London, called for a global approach to tackling the menace of cybercrime as the need for datafication takes the lead among global economies.
 
Addressing his counterparts on THE FUTURE OF THE INTERNET: TRENDS AND OPPORTUNITIES, Professor Pantami using copious illustrations noted that “the need for the collection of data is increasing daily and will continue to do so at a significant pace. According to research, from the dawn of civilisation to the early 200s, only five exabytes of data was collected. Today however, approximately 2.5 exabytes of data is collected within 24 hours. By implication, the amount of data generated and collected within 48 hours today, is the same as that which was generated and collected over five thousand years before. Again, research by the International Data Corporation has indicated that in the next four years, 41.6 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices could be connected and inter connected and these devices are expected to generated around 79.6 billion petabytes of data”
 
Going by these figures, Professor Pantami emphasised that datafication is on a significant rise and will continue to do so which is why there is the need for governments to prioritise the protection and judicious use of data. This is he further noted, motivated him to author THE DATAFICATION OF SOCIETY TO FOSTER AN INTERNET ECONOMY. “Datafication is inevitable. Therefore, we must place the same importance on cybersecurity especially considering that a new malware is released every 4.6 seconds globally to compromise the cyber space and inevitably, generated data. There is a clear indication that in the wake of the pandemic, the rate of cyber crime increased significantly due to an increased online presence. It is therefore necessary to give the same emphasis, priority and preference to the issue of cyber security”.
 
He advocated the need for an international approach to cybersecurity as against the existing regional or national approach.,noting that “with cloud computing and cloud devices, national or regional regulation of data could be less relevant because as obtains in many situations, data may not be domiciled within a sovereign nation therefore border restrictions do not apply and are not respected’
 
 
Uwa Suleiman
Spokesperson to the Honourable Minister
30th November 2021
PANTAMI LEADS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DELEGATION TO FUTURE TECH FORUM 2021
Super User Written by November 29, 2021
Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) is currently leading the Nigerian delegation at the on going Future Tech Forum holding in the United Kingdom, London. The two day event holding at the Science Museum in London is a melting pot of ideas on global digitalisation. The Forum seeks to address issues ranging from health tech innovations, building blocks in digital regulation, infrastructure, climate and Artificial Intelligence among others.
 
Professor Pantami will be joining ministers of digital economies from other countries at the Ministerial roundtable on Tuesday, 30th November 2021 to deliberate on issues related to the Future of Trust in Data as a force for good, Future of the Internet; Trends and opportunities, governance challenge and keeping pace with Tech in Governance Frameworks.
 
The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy is scheduled to meet with global industry leaders in both the public and private sectors during the event. The Nigerian delegation at the event include; Director General National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Mallam Kashif Inuwa Abdullahi (CCIE), Executive Secretary Universal Services Provision Fund (USPF), Mallam Ayuba Shuaibu, Managing Director Nigeria Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) Dr Abimbola Alale, Dr Amina Sambo Magaji, SA Special Duties Dr Kalli Zannah and Spokesperson to the Minister, Uwa Suleiman.
 
 
Uwa Suleiman
Spokesperson To The Honourable Minister
29th November 2021
PROF. PANTAMI CONFERRED WITH THE PRESTIGIOUS HONORARY FELLOWSHIP AWARD
Super User Written by November 27, 2021
Once again, the effort of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) in contribution to the growth of Nigeria's educational sector and also positioning the digital economy sector on the path of sustainable National Development has been recognized as the Minister, Prof. Pantami was conferred with an Honorary Fellowship Award by the Federal College of Education (Technical) Gombe during the combined 6th to 35th convocation ceremony held today.
 
Minister Pantami doubles as both a Professor of Cybersecurity at the Federal University of Technology Owerri and a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
 
Within the last two years, Prof. Pantami has served as a resource person at the National War College, Nigerian Army Resource Centre. Similarly, the Minister has delivered several convocation lectures at several public and private higher institutions of learning, i.e Federal University of Technology Minna, Nile University of Nigeria, Federal University Kashere, among others.
 
Under the leadership of Pantami, Digital Literacy and Skills has been given a top priority as the Minister has supervised the deployment of several educational intervention projects in all 36 states of the Federation including the FCT.
 
Also, under the visionary leadership of Prof. Pantami, the digital economy sector has so far established over 1,670 ICT centres and formulated 16 National policies which are aimed at enhancing digital literacy and skills, effective regulations, digital transformation, digital innovation and entrepreneurship, promotion and patronage of indigenous content, research in the field of emerging technologies, among others.
 
Likewise, under the reign of Pantami, ICT has become a major player in the GDP of Nigeria, contributing an unprecedented 17.92% in the second quarter 2021 (Q2 2021) – its highest ever contribution to the country’s GDP according to the 2nd Quarter 2021 GDP Report released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
 
It is on record that the proactive leadership provided by Minister Pantami where he congregated critical stakeholders to come up with the Nigerian National Broadband Plan 2020 – 2025 brought about the unprecedented increase in Broadband Penetration at 45.07%, at the end of the year 2020, a massive jump from about 33% in August 2019 when the Minister took over the responsibility to supervise the sector. This effort has simplified research and learning and brought about an increase in social-economic development.
 
Prof. Pantami has also received a special commendation from the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari over the landmark achievements of the digital economy sector under his stewardship and enrollment of over 12 million Nigerians into the National Identity Database within 6 months.
 
On May 6th 2021, during the official launch of the National Policy for the Promotion of Indigenous Content in the Nigerian Telecommunication Sector and the Revised National Digital Identity Policy for SIM Card Registration held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Mr President said;
 
“I commend the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), for the landmark achievements of the digital economy sector and his commitment in carrying out his responsibility of developing the sector, including championing the growth of the indigenous telecom sector and NIN-SIM registration process”.
 
Pantami has also received several commendations and encomium from serving state governors, foreign ambassadors in Nigeria, members of the National Assembly, colleagues, members of the fourth estate of the realm, among others.
 
As most pundits have reiterated, the pantami leadership have provided the enabling environment where Nigerians can develop, adopt and derive value for digital technologies.
 
Other recipients of the Prestigious Honourary Awards include the Executive Governor of Gombe State, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya and the Emir of Gombe, His Royal Highness, Abubakar Shehu-Abubakar.
Minister Pantami also responded on behalf of all the awardees.
 
 
 
Source: Mr Yusuf Abubakar, Personal Assistant (New Media) to The Honourable Minister
27th November 2021
Super User Written by November 26, 2021
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) today flagged off FG's Digital Entrepreneurship Programme for Industry Stakeholders taking place in Gombe State University (GSU), Gombe, Gombe State.
 
The capacity building programme is aimed at enhancing Digital Literacy and Skills, in line with the implementation of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy for a Digital Nigeria.
 
Prof. Pantami while making his remarks urged the participants to embrace the spirit of Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship, stressing that, they are the two prerequisites for a Digital Economy.
 
 
The Minister cited an example with MIT which is one of the most successful institutions globally because it adopted a Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (REAP) which helps accelerate economic growth and promote social progress through innovation-driven entrepreneurship (IDE).
 
Minister Pantami informed the gathering that the focus today across the globe has shifted from paper qualification to skills.
 
"Tech Companies like Amazon, Uber, Google are successful because they were able to identify a problem in the society and proffer a solution". The Minister said.
 
Pantami urged the participants to strive to possess soft skills such as Critical thinking, analytical thinking, collaborative thinking, creativity, and problem solving.
 
 

Source: Mr Yusuf Abubakar, Personal Assistant (New Media) to The Honourable Minister
26th November 2021