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PANTAMI CONSTITUTE COMMITTEE TO DELIVER EFFECTIVE, EFFICIENT SERVICES TO NIGERIANS
Super User Written by March 17, 2020

As part of an effort to enhance operational visibility, improve efficiency and deliver effective service to Nigerians in line with the blueprint of the National Digital Economy for a Digital Nigeria, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM today officially inaugurated a committee charged with the Mandate to ensure Galaxy Backbone Ltd, Nigeria’s ICT operator enhance its performance.

It will be recalled that on the assumption of office as the Honourable Minister, Dr Pantami set the following performance targets for Galaxy;

1. To improve the reach and coverage of its service in the public sector; and

2. To significantly improve the quality of service provided.

In his remarks, the NEXT LEVEL Honourable Minister reminded the members that the Federal Government has invested massively in Galaxy, stressing that there is a need for the government to reap the benefits of its investment.

The Minister maintained that the main reason he constituted the committee is to ensure that there is an improved quality of service to Nigerians.

Members of the committee include individuals from both the public and private sectors, representative of professional IT bodies, among others.

 

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

BROADBAND PENETRATION IS KEY IN PROMOTING A DIGITAL ECONOMY FOR A DIGITAL NIGERIA – DR PANTAMI
Super User Written by March 17, 2020

The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM has reiterated the importance of Broadband Penetration in promoting a digital economy for a digital Nigeria, stating that “you cannot promote a digital economy without broadband penetration”.

The Honourable Minister made this known today while addressing journalist shortly after attending the industry consultations workshop on the use of television white space in Nigeria which was held at the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Corporate Headquarters, Abuja.

The Minister said “The whole world today is about a Digital Economy. Adding that “The World Economic Forum predicts that over 60% of global GDP will be digitized by the year 2022”.

Dr Pantami maintained that NCC under his supervision has the Mandate to improve broadband penetration in Nigeria.

Present at the gathering includes individuals from both the public and private sectors, representative of state governments, among others.

 

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

DIGITAL NIGERIA: MINISTER INAUGURATES STEERING COMMITTEE AS PRESIDENT BUHARI SET TO COMMISSION PROJECTS, PROGRAMS
Super User Written by March 16, 2020

Honouring the formal invitation of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR on Thursday, March 19th, 2020 is set to commission various ICT programs and projects coordinated, supervised and implemented by the Ministry under the able and brilliant leadership of its devoted, dedicated and forward-thinking Honourable Minister, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM.

The official activities include;

1. Launch and unveil the Nigerian National Broadband Plan 2020 – 2025;

2. Commission of the Communications and Digital Economy Complex;

3. Commission of the Abuja Emergency Communication Center and National Emergency Toll – Free Number 112;

4. Flag off of the National Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship Training.

The projects and programs are in line with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy for a Digital Nigeria launched and unveiled by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR on 28th November 2019.

The activities are targeted at ensuring effective developmental regulation of the Nigerian ICT sector, improve broadband penetration, enhance the security of the nation and responsiveness to emergency life treating situations and lastly empower the youths, women, people living with disabilities among others with the digital skills needed to excel in the 21st century to create potential employers in the society.

 

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

DR PANTAMI CHAIRS COMMITTEE TO HOST PRESIDENT BUHARI
Super User Written by March 13, 2020

Honouring the official invitation of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR is set to commission various ICT programs coordinated and implemented by the Ministry under the able and brilliant leadership of its dedicated, focused and result oriented Honourable Minister, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM.

The official engagements scheduled for 16th March 2020 include;

1. Launching and unveiling of the Nigerian National Broadband Plan 2020 – 2025;

2. Commissioning of the Communications and Digital Economy Complex;

3. Commissioning of the Abuja Emergency Communication Center and National Emergency Toll – Free Number 112;

4. Commissioning of the National Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship Training.

It is on this backdrop the NEXT LEVEL Honourable Minister, Dr Pantami today officially inaugurated a Central Working Committee chaired by him. Other members of the committee include all Chief Executive Officers of Agencies under the supervision of the Ministry.

The four projects are in line with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) for a Digital Nigeria launched and unveiled by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR on 28th November 2019.

The NDEPS consist of 8 pillars namely Developmental Regulation, Digital Literacy and Skills Development; Solid Infrastructure; Service Infrastructure; Digital Services Development and Promotion; Soft Infrastructure; Digital Society and Emerging Technologies and lastly Indigenous Content Development.

The four key activities to be performed by His Excellency, President Buhari is targeted at ensuring effective developmental regulation of the Nigerian ICT sector, improve broadband penetration, enhance the security of the nation and responsiveness to emergency life treating situations and lastly empower the youths, women, people living with disabilities among others with the digital skills needed to excel in the 21st century to create potential employers in the society.

 

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

Super User Written by March 13, 2020

The Honourable Minister of Communications and first ever, of Digital Economy in Nigeria, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), is an extraordinary human being. He has earned this status by virtue of his uncommon ability to pave ways and blaze the trail in hitherto uncharted territories, His ability to visualize the future technologically, and his uncanny focus in driving us towards that future determinedly, without a shred of doubt, In spite of the enormous challenges mostly peculiar, to our climes.

In the last few years, the global focus has gradually but surely shifted from mere ICTs to more advanced Digital Economies with particular focus on Digital Skills. While the rest of the world made real progress and changed the course of history in their respective domains, we as usual, engaged in theories and rhetoric for the most part. It took the assumption of Dr Pantami into office, as a Minister of the Federal Republic under the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, to actively and properly ignite the Digital Economy Agenda of Nigeria. Pantami comes with an undeniable breath of fresh air heralding the much needed change.

Last week, as I listened to my Boss make his presentation to the Federal Executive Council, his passion and conviction were not lost on anyone seated in the President’s Council Chambers. He spoke the truth as usual and it was crystal clear that the way forward was through a digitalized economy. From the moment he initiated, pursued and got the President’s approval to expand the nomenclature of the Ministry of Communications to include Digital Economy, it was obvious to the discerning mind that this was no regular public office holder.
Having legalized the establishment of the supervisory ministry properly on the 17th October 2019, he set to work immediately. By November 28th the Digital Economy Strategy document was unveiled by President Muhammadu Buhari at the e-Nigeria summit. And there has been no looking back. Pantami believes that there is no dearth of potential in Nigeria and he demonstrates this conviction by engaging indigenous talent in executing his mandate. The Digital Economy Policy Strategy Document was put together by the Digital Minister himself and a few of his aides. Not a single foreign consultant was contracted to do the job, and this same document has attracted lots of global accolades and partnerships on an unprecedented level in the sector.

Global tech giant, Google’s Director of Public Policy and Emerging Markets, Doron Avni was on a working visit to the Minister’s office on February 19th. He expressly noted the similarities between Nigeria’s Digital Economy Pillars and his company’s vision, this has led to a partnership for a National Addressing System that will establish proper public addresses for every street in Nigeria. He has attracted a partnership with IBM in skill acquisition for talented Nigerians, Facebook is on board, the World Bank is involved on multiple levels. Every action, partnership, Memorandum of Understanding signed is geared towards one goal; to develop indigenous skills in technology and enhance digital literacy. The world is willing to partner with Nigeria seeing the vision, focus and level of intelligence the current leadership has brought to bear in the sector.

According to the World Bank Digital Economy Diagnostic Report, Nigeria accounts for 47% of West Africa’s population and half of the county’s population are under the age of 30. This means that we are uniquely positioned to not only reap the benefits of a Digital Economy, but actually lead the Digital Revolution in Africa, This ability to lead and conquer is the crux of the message Dr Pantami is preaching. Recently, my able Boss has been canvassing for the recognition and placement of skills over certificates. “paper qualifications can be misleading and may not count for much in this era of digital skills” he says. “For indigenous innovation to thrive, we must place emphasis on skills”. Pantami has ignited a new revolution among youths which is a driving force for technological skill acquisition and the zeal to produce employers of labour as against saturating an already groaning labour market. To this end, the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy through its Agencies and parastatals in conjunction with global and local organizations have embarked on massive trainings of Nigerians across the country. Technology training centres are being established across board to facilitate access to skills.
The Academia, his constituency, is challenged to disrupt the curriculum and produce practical graduates of repute, who have the requisite skills to fit into a digital world. The response has been overwhelming as he personally takes his message to each campus; from kashere to Gombe, to Minna, to Kano to Lagos, Port Harcourt. Even to secondary schools. To listen to Dr Pantami mentor, teach and lecture these young ones about the importance of technological skills, you see a leader with a vision, a man in his elements and a true believer in the greatness of humanity. It is a given that he, more than any other youth in leadership, inspires a whole generation of Nigerians. The learned community is solidly behind one of their own, and at this rate, I humbly opine that the Nigerian Educational Curriculum is due for an overhaul streamlined within the requirements of a Digital Economy.

A Digital Economy is an enabler, capable of catapulting any aspect of our economy to any desired level. It is the platform on which a strong, durable and lasting foundation of global relevance and true economic empowerment can thrive. A digitalized economy is a transparent, progressive society that works, and it is easy to see how Dr Pantami would be drawn to such a cause considering his personality.
As the grand master of Nigeria’s Digital Economy Policy, my very thorough and realistic boss did not harbour any delusions about the challenges that came with the territory. He knew that his position as the pioneer Minister of a Digital Economy and his mission to change the status quo, would encounter both natural and man-made obstacles and he came ready. Pantami knew that to forge ahead, he would sometimes have to step out of his comfort zone and he is never one, to shy away from responsibility. Pantami sees and conducts himself as a federal minister, a nationalist, a patriot who is not restrained or confined by the artificial barriers and borders that limit productivity.

The potentially, economically crippling effects of the Right of Way (RoW) impasse between the state governors and Mobile Network Operators recently was effectively resolved in a professional and effective manner only an experienced conflict resolution expert can manage. Without further escalation of issues, he initiated and mediated in the process that saw some erstwhile aggrieved parties come to an agreement that averted a security and economic crisis. From a standpoint of a ten thousand naira rate, from the one hundred and forty five naira per linear metre, some state governors extended a total waiver as a gesture of support to building a digital economy. In a similar manner, he intervened in the face off between officers and men of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and service providers at the height of the Infrastructure maintenance crisis. Dr Pantami is currently obsessed with deploying telecommunications infrastructure across the country to greatly reduce, if not eradicate the over forty million underserved or unserved populace and to ensure the price of data is further reviewed downwards. “An increase in BroadBand penetration results in a phenomenal rise in the GDP of an economy” he enthuses. He has put in place an ambitious 5 year (2020 – 2025) broadband plan, aimed at achieving over 70% penetration as against the current 38.9%. Numerous studies have found a correlation between economic growth and broadband penetration.

With the emphasis on Digital Literacy and Skills, building a digital workforce, producing employers of labour, support and partnerships to drive indigenous innovation and a steady increase in broadband penetration, any economy will experience massive growth. He constituted a National Broadband Plan Committee, based purely on merit and proven competence, with a six week deadline that was met. The ultimate goal is to achieve about 70% penetration, but I can bet my salary that my boss has a 100% plan B agenda. Pantami is ambitious, very ambitious, extremely driven and a near perfectionist. He motivates people and brings out the best in them, indeed Ms Funke Opeke, the Committee’s Chair, would agree with me that working under his guidance is a life changing experience.

Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, MCPN is truly an extraordinary human being. He embodies loyalty to authority and country as it is clear even to the blind that all his actions are geared towards achieving national goals. Leveraging on technology to fight insecurity, corruption and building a viable, stable digital economy. I read somewhere a very long time ago, that for every generation, a leader is raised for the greatness of a people. Sometimes, it is not the absence of a leader or leadership, but the ability to recognize, accept and support what has been given, is what really makes the difference.
Current statistics prove beyond every reasonable and unreasonable doubt that Nigeria has the very rare advantages of a massive youthful population, a considerable number of them being digital natives and an outstanding world of talent yet largely untapped, almost bursting at the seams. Pantami’s goal is to harness these talents, develop them, promote indigenous innovation, place this country on a technologically global pedestal that will secure the future we all dream and seek. To be left behind in this infinite tech race is to confine ourselves to a life of perpetual servitude.

The truth must be told however obvious it already is, and the truth is that the youths of Nigeria must recognize those who have demonstrated the capacity and discipline required to propel us to greatness. No silver – armour- wearing- figure, is going to pop out of the sky like spider man or voltron and perform magic, spinning webs and wielding magical swords. The youths especially, should strive to change the narrative and bring real value to the table. Technology is a leveler, it has no gender, no religion, no ethnicity, an open and infinite resource. Pantami is a unifier selflessly enabling that platform. A captain who knows his ship and steers it in very familiar waters with focus, good judgement, courage, discipline, justice and a determination to get to the desired destination safely. We need to wake up in earnest and heed this clarion call to save ourselves from perpetual obscurity and join hands with the progressive and result oriented Honourable Minister to develop our God-given resources for the good of all.

The difference between Dr Pantami and the vast majority of public office holders is implementation. Like he says; “We have a very fantastic blueprint across all sectors. But we cannot sit in our offices and expect people to comply like Angels, we must go out there, to ensure these laws are implemented. Our work is on the fields”. Believe me, most of us have never encountered a more dogged and law abiding personality like Pantami. Again, as he says, “we cannot do it alone”. Pantami’s watch word is POSSIBILITY nutured by competence and a determination to succeed. If the quest for leadership, courage, focus, resilience, intelligence, vision, youth, patriotism, selflessness, justice and worthy mentorship, has been solved by the emergence of Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) what obstacles can prevent us as a people and a nation from achieving greatness?

 

Source: UWA SULEIMAN, Spokesperson to the Honourable Minister of Communications & Digital Economy.

DR PANTAMI MEETS WITH SWEDEN AMBASSADOR
Super User Written by March 09, 2020

As part of an effort to drive a Digital Economy for a Digital Nigeria, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM today held an official meeting with the Ambassador of Sweden to Nigeria, Mr Carl Micheal Gran and the team from Sweden Program for ICT in Developing Regions (SPIDER).

The brief meeting was held at the Communications and Digital Economy Complex, Abuja shortly after the Honourable Minister officially declared open a capacity development programme facilitated by Swedish Post and Telecoms and Sweden Program for ICT in Developing Regions (SPIDER).

Area of discussion include;

1.Capacity Development;

2. Developmental Regulation;

3. Solid Infrastructure;

4. Soft Infrastructure among others.

 

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

DIGITAL NIGERIA: DR PANTAMI VISITS HEAD OF SERVICE, SEEKS COLLABORATION TO ENHANCE CAPACITY OF CIVIL SERVANTS
Super User Written by March 05, 2020

Building on the fact that civil servants have a great role to play in driving eGovernance in Nigeria in line with the blueprint of the National Digital Economy for a Digital Nigeria, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM today paid an official visit to the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation.

The Honourable Minister, Dr Pantami also use the opportunity to wish the Head of Service, Mrs Folasade Yemi-Esan the best of luck in her new office and also prayed for her to have a successful tenure.

The Minister maintained that civil servants are key in the ongoing transformation of Nigeria's ICT sector and stressed that Digital Technology can help enhance the security of Nigeria, improve the economy and aid the fight against corruption.

 

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

PANTAMI HOST DELEGATION FROM CBN FINANCIAL INCLUSION SECRETARIATE
Super User Written by March 05, 2020

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Financial Inclusion Secretariat was on a working visit at the Ministry's Corporate Headquarters, Abuja.

The delegation was led by the Head of the Financial Inclusion Secretariat, Mr Oluikpe Paul Ihuoma.

The team was at the Ministry to brief the NEXT LEVEL Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM about their activities and also present the revised National Financial Inclusion Strategy to the Minister.

 

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

DIGITAL NIGERIA: CAC SEEKS DR PANTAMI PROFESSIONAL GUIDANCE
Super User Written by March 03, 2020

The top management team of Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), led by its Registrar General, Mr Garba Abubakar today paid an official visit to the Ministry's Corporate Headquarters, Abuja.

The team from CAC was at the Ministry to interact with the tech savvy Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM and also solicit his professional advice in a bid to enhance the digitalization of CAC's operations.

 

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

PRODUCING GRADUATES WITH ONLY THEORETICAL KNOWLEDGE AND NO SKILLS IS A TIME BOMB – DR PANTAMI
Super User Written by February 28, 2020

The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM has reiterated his stand on the immediate need to focus more on producing graduates with skills and not just degrees.

The forward-thinking, progressive vibrant and energetic Honourable Minister said “there is a need to think outside the box, in Nigeria, we are living on a time bomb as over the years we have been producing potential employees and not potential employers”, adding that “we need to focus on how to provide skills in our tertiary institutions and not just degrees”.

The NEXT LEVEL Minister made this known today when he received a delegation from the National Software Think Tank (NSOFT) who paid a working visit to the Ministry's Corporate Headquarters, Abuja.

The NSOFT team was led by Mr Chris Uwaje and were at the Ministry to seek partnership on the National Software Industry.

 

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