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DIGITAL LITERACY: DR PANTAMI URGES FEMALE STUDENTS TO EMBRACE DIGITAL INNOVATION
Super User Written by February 18, 2020

As part of an effort to enhance Digital Literacy in Nigeria and drive a Digital Economy for a Digital Nigeria, the rebirth Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy under the leadership of its young, energetic, vibrant and innovative leader, the Honourable Minister, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM oversaw the National ICT Girls Empowerment Competition: Final Evaluation and Prize Giving Ceremony with the theme "ICT Innovation for Inclusion in a Digital Economy”.

The event which was held in Sheraton Hotel, Abuja had in attendance female students from all geo-political zones of the country, teachers, government officials, individuals from both the public and private sectors among others.

In his remarks, the Honourable Minters called on the female students to always strive to acquire both digital skills and certificates, stressing that when it comes to digital innovation and digital entrepreneurship, digital skills are more important than certificates.

The Minister reminded the gathering that the leading companies globally today are knowledge-based companies such as Huawei, Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Facebook among others.

Dr Pantami said, “the focus of the digital entrepreneurship is not about producing potential employees but rather, potential employers to drive a Digital Economy for a Digital Nigeria.

 

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

GOMBE STATE COULD BECOME AN OUTSOURCING POWERHOUSE- PANTAMI
Super User Written by February 20, 2020

With a well planned and executed digital strategy, a state like Gombe can benefit from outsourcing. Part of the digital economy strategy is to produce potential employers and not potential employees, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim FNCS, FBCS, FIIM has said.

The Honourable Minister made this assertion today when he received a delegation from Gombe State led by the Commissioner, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Aisha Maigari who paid a courtesy visit to the Ministry's Corporate Headquarters, Abuja.

The delegation from Gombe was at the Ministry to officially thank the Honourable Minister, Dr Pantami for putting up a comprehensive recommendation in the capacity as chairman, transition committee on ICT which has been a guide to the state and also convey the Governor's approval to honour NEC resolution on the fixed charges on Right of Way.

The forward-thinking and progressive Minister stated that with a good digital economy strategy, a state like Gombe could immensely improve its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).

Dr Pantami further called on proactiveness in the area of emerging technologies, stressing that in the next few years, the state could start exporting Digital Skills to other African Countries.

 

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

DIGITAL SKILLS NEEDED FOR A DIGITAL NIGERIA - DR PANTAMI
Super User Written by February 20, 2020

Digital Economy for a Digital Nigeria cannot be achieved without Digital Skills, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM has said.

The NEXT LEVEL Honourable Minister made this assertion today while making his remarks during a meeting with a delegation from the Global Digital Literacy Council which was held at the Ministry's Corporate Headquarters, Abuja.

The Global Digital Literacy team was at the Ministry to extend an invitation and induct the Honourable Minister, Dr Pantami as a member of the Global Digital Literacy Council and also invite him to attend the upcoming conference in Belgium and further explore collaboration to promote Digital Literacy and Skills Development in Nigeria.

The Minister while thanking the guest for the visit, maintained that a Digital Economy for a Digital Nigeria cannot be achieved without Digital Skills and Digital Innovation.

Dr Pantami stated that the main function of the Ministry is to come up with policies and supervise its implementation, which prompted the Ministry to come up with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) for a Digital Nigeria which was launched and unveiled by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR late last year.

The NDEPS is made up of eight (8) pillars namely; Developmental Regulation; Digital Literacy and Skills Development; Service Infrastructure; Solid Infrastructure; Digital Services Development and Promotion; Soft Infrastructure; Digital Society and Emerging Technologies and Indigenous Content Development.

 

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

CATCH THEM YOUNG, DR PANTAMI MENTORS SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS
Super User Written by February 17, 2020

Building on the fact that Nigerian youths are digital natives who require mentorship and guidance to excel in their choosing career path, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM today delivered a lecture at Garki Secondary School, Abuja on the topic, "AN INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL ECONOMY AND EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES".

This is part of the rebirth concentration of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy under the leadership of the focused, young and charismatic Minister, Dr Pantami to drive a digital economy for digital Nigeria.

The Honourable Minister in his presentation encouraged the youths to adopt the spirit of entrepreneurship and self-reliance, stressing that with determination, interest, commitment, mentoring and consistency they will excel in the field of ICT and any other choosing career path.

The Minister said, "when we talk about a digital economy, we are talking about potential employers, not potential employees. Adding that " emerging technology is the key enabler of each and every sector of society.

FULL TEXT OF THE LECTURE

An Introduction to the Digital Economy and Emerging Technologies Presented By Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), Ph.D, FNCS, FBCS, FIIM Honourable Minister, Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy At the Government Secondary School (GSS), Garki Date: February 17, 2020

Outline
 What is the Digital Economy?
 Benefits of the Digital Economy
 Developing Nigeria's Digital Economy
 What are Emerging Technologies?
 Examples of Emerging Technologies
 New Career Options Created by the Digital Economy and Emerging Technologies
 Q & A

What is the Digital Economy?
• Many institutions have defined the Digital Economy in different ways. A few examples include:
• An economy that “encompasses businesses that sell goods and services via the internet, and digital platforms that connect spare capacity and demand “[EU]
• A broad range of economic activities comprising all jobs in the digital sector as well as digital occupations in non-digital sectors [World Economic Forum]
• Any aspect of the economy that is based on or driven by digital technologies [Our working definition in Nigeria]
• Benefits include transparency, promotion of a cashless society and higher revenue for the country.
• Most of the top companies (Google, Apple, Microsoft, etc) around the world have created wealth by embracing the Digital Economy
Developing Nigeria's Digital Economy
• The National Digital Economy Policy and
Strategy, which was graciously unveiled and launched by His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, on the 28th of November 2019.
• It aims to provide a platform for digital technologies to stimulate growth in all sectors of the economy. It will create an enabling environment for the promotion of digital jobs across the length and breadth of the country.
What are Emerging Technologies?
• Emerging technologies are new types of technologies that are being developed or will be developed in 5 to 10 years.
• They have a great impact on the different sectors of the economy.
• They can improve over lives in many ways by helping us to complete tasks more efficiently, as well as keeping us safer.
Examples of Emerging Technologies
• Internet of Things
• Big Data Analytics
• Artificial Intelligence
• 3D Printing
• Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality (VR/AR)
• Cyber security
• Cloud Computing
• etc

Big Data Analytics
• Big data refers to the large volume of data – both structured and unstructured – that floods the different sectors of society every day.
• Big data analytics is the process of analyzing big data to uncover insights such as hidden patterns, market trends, interesting correlations, etc that can help institutions make informed decisions.
• It can be used anyway that massive data is available eg healthcare, finance, e-commerce, education, business, etc.
• For example, in healthcare it is used for personalized treatments, in banking it is used for risk assessment and in telecoms it is used for location based device analysis.

Artificial Intelligence
• AI is the field of computing that is associated with the ability of the computer to "think like a human being".
• The computer is then able to perform some human tasks like learning, problem-solving, planning, etc.
• The friendly voice-activted assistants on Apple (Siri) and Amazon (Alexa) platforms are based on AI. Social media platforms also use AI to sieve out inappropriate content.

Internet of Things
• Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the expanding internetwork of physical objects that convey data between themselves in a way that does not require human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.
• IoTs are used for in every field where sensors can be interconnected. For example, they are used in smart agriculture, patient monitoring and tracking of vehicles.

3D Printing
• 3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file.
• It can be used in different fields, including medicine, arts, education and even in the construction of buildings.
• The 1st 3D Printed Office in the World, located in Dubai was printed in 17 days and constructed in 48 hours, the first 3D- printed office building in the world is in Dubai (Inaugurated in May 2016). Dubai wants to 3D print 25% of its new buildings by 2025.

AR/VR
• Virtual Reality (VR) – creates interactive computer-generated worlds allowing the user to experience producing the sensation of actually being in life-sized new environments.
• Augmented Reality (AR) has a unique ability to create immersive hybrid learning environments combining both physical and digital objects
• Virtual Reality (VR) is meant to take you somewhere else. Augmented Reality (AR) is meant to add to where you are.
• Used in education, entertainment and medicine, manufacturing, tourism, amongst others

New Career Options Created by the Digital
Economy and Emerging Technologies
• The Digital Economy and Emerging Technologies will create career options that with augment the existing careers of the traditional economy.
• Some of these include:
1. VR/AR Developer (eg to give clients a tour guides through buildings before they are built, for virtual classrooms, etc)
2. Artificial Intelligence (AI) Developer
3. Internet of Things Developers and Engineers (with the era of smart cities this is an
important and growing field)
4. Cyber Security Engineer (Data is everywhere and with this comes the risk of data breaches. Cybersecurity experts are needed to prevent this.
5. User Experience Designers and Design Thinkers (creating a bridge between technology and user expectations)
6. Data Scientist, Analysts
7. Cloud Computing Engineers

DR PANTAMI HEADS TO PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVES
Super User Written by February 13, 2020
For the third day in a row, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM is chairing the meeting of the Sub Committee on Citizen Data Harmonization. The official gathering is aimed at addressing concerns raised by the United States Government with respect to the recent temporary migrant visa restriction placed on Nigeria and Five (5) other countries. It will be recalled that his Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR on 3rd February 2020 set up the Citizen Data Management Committee charged with the Mandate to; 1. Review the recent temporary Visa restrictions on Nigerian Citizens by the USA 2. Develop and implement systems and processes that will address the security concerns raised by USA 3. Harmonization of all multiple data sources in Nigeria into a single database Source: Mr Yusuf Abubakar, Personal Assistant (New Media) to The Minister
PANTAMI INAUGURATES NCC GOVERNING BOARD
Super User Written by February 13, 2020
On the authority vested on him as the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM officially inaugurated the Chairman of the Governing Board of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Adeolu Akande and the Non-Executive Commissioner, Mr Uche Onwude in a brief ceremony which was held today at the Ministry's Corporate Headquarters, Abuja. In his brief remarks, the Honourable Minister urged the governing board members to be united, stressing that without unity, nothing can be achieved. The Minister also pledged his full support to the board and further called on the members to always prioritize the interest of Nigeria and under no account should they compromise in their official assignment. Dr Pantami said, "as public officials, it will be a great injustice to the Nation when we allow the platform under our supervision and regulation to be used to commit crimes". Source: Mr Yusuf Abubakar, Personal Assistant (New Media) to The Minister
NATIONAL INTEREST: MINISTER CHAIRS MEETING TO REVERSE US TEMPORARY MIGRANT VISA RESTRICTION
Super User Written by February 12, 2020

Immediately after attending the Federal Executive Council Meeting (FEC), the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM is for the second day in a row chairing the meeting of the Sub Committee on Citizen Data Harmonization.

It will be recalled that the Citizen Data Management Committee was recently constituted by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR with the Mandate to address all concerns raised by the United States Government with respect to the recent temporary migrant visa restriction placed on Nigeria and five (5) other countries.

The Honourable Minister, Dr Pantami while addressing the gathering reiterated the importance of thinking globally and acting locally stressing the fact that all terrain has its peculiar challenges.

Members of the committee includes; The Central Bank Governor of Nigeria, the Controller General, Nigeria Immigration Service, the Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Chief Executive Officers of National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Director, Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) among others.

 

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

US VISA RESTRICTION: PANTAMI CHAIRS COMMITTEE ON DATA INTEROPERABILITY, HARMONIZATION
Super User Written by February 11, 2020

Following the recent development in which the United States of America (USA) placed a temporary migrant visa restriction on Nigeria and five (5) other countries, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM today chaired the inaugural meeting of the SUBCOMMITTEE ON CITIZEN DATA HARMONIZATION.

His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR in his wisdom to address concerns raised by the United States Government which led to the temporary restriction, inaugurated a committee on CITIZEN DATA MANAGEMENT.

The Committee was charged with the mandate to;

1. To review the recent temporary Visa restrictions on Nigerian Citizens by USA.

2. Develop and implement systems and processes that will address the security concerns raised by USA

3. Harmonization of all multiple data sources in Nigeria into a single database.

It is on this backdrop the Tech Savvy, result-oriented and focused Honorable Minister, Dr Pantami, an associate Professor in Information Technology was charged with the responsibility to chair the SUB COMMITTEE ON CITIZEN DATA HARMONIZATION.

The terms of reference of the Pantami's led committee includes:

1. Identify all MDAs holding Citizen Data including biometrics;

2. Obtain detailed brief on data held in terms of nature, size, available facility and capacity of personnel;

3. Review nature, quality, facilities of each MDA and capacity of personnel;

4. Propose strategies for harmonization, integration linkage as may be appropriate;

5. Estimate the timeline for full- data integration; and

6. Estimate resource requirements.

Other members of the committee include; The Central Bank Governor of Nigeria, Chief Executive Officers of National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Federal Road Safety Commission(FRSC), Director, Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) among others.

 

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

PANTAMI CHAIRS COMMITTEE MEETING ON NIPOST TRANSFORMATION
Super User Written by February 07, 2020

As part of an effort to drive a Digital Economy for a Digital Nigeria and position the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) on the part of prosperity in line with the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians, who have taking to the Social Media to voice their discontent with the current state of the postal service.

The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM today chaired the meeting of the Steering Committee on the Reform and Modernization of the Nigerian Postal Service which was held at Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) Corporate Headquarters, Abuja.

The move is in line with President Muhammadu Buhari's NEXT LEVEL agenda of providing effective and efficient services to Nigerians and revitalizing other non-oil sectors that have been neglected over the years in a bid to diversify Nigeria's Economy.

The vibrant, focused and energetic Federal Executive Council Member, Dr Pantami listened to presentations made by the steering committee members who recently undertook a study tour of France, China and Morocco and also, a presentation by KPMG.

 

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

WARNING ON THE USE OF WINDOWS 7 POWERED DEVICES FOR INTERNET-BASED SERVICES THAT REQUIRE THE TRANSMISSION OF SENSITIVE DATA
Super User Written by February 07, 2020

With the official End of Support (EoS) of the Microsoft Windows 7 Operating System (OS) which came into effect on 14th January 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide technical support and security or software updates for the platform. Systems running on Windows 7 OS will continue to work, however they will be progressively more vulnerable to viruses and malware.

In light of this, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), FNCS, FBCS, FIIM is alerting the general public on the risks of using Windows 7 powered devices for internet-based services that require the use of sensitive information such as internet banking. The best way to remain secure is to use the latest Operating Systems available.

We are therefore calling on all Windows 7 users to immediately implement some precautionary measures to help to protect themselves from breach of privacy and loss of critical data, the measures are:

i. Keeping security software up to date;

ii. Keeping all other applications up to date; and

iii. Being more skeptical on downloads and emails accessed.

The minister in his efforts to propagate the importance of cyber security and to ensure that cyber threats are quickly identified and contained, will from time to time alert the general public on important event and measures to ensure that people can feel safe online

 

Mukhtar M. Sadiq
Technical Assistant (Government Digital Services & Innovation) to the Honourable Minister of Communications & Digital Economy
Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy
Federal Secretariat, Abuja
7th February, 2020