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Hon. Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, Permanent Secretary, Mr M. Istifanus, EVC NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Deputy Governor of Gombe state, Dr. Manassah Daniel Jatau, Gombe State Commissioner for Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Aishatu Umar Maigari and other special dignitaries at the 7th Regular Meeting of National Council On Communications and Digital Economy held at the Banquet Hall of Gombe Government House.
Super User Written by December 07, 2019

The 7th Regular Meeting of National Council On Communications and Digital Economy closing ceremony was chaired by the Chairman of the Council, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM held at the Banquet Hall of Gombe Government House.

The Minister made it clear that Digital literacy is paramount to the development of any nation in the 21st Century, He said: “It is the goal of the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy to see that 95% of Nigerian Children become Digital Literates at least in the next two to three years”.

Dr Pantami identifies the need for potential schools to be selected, to begin the introduction of courses in emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, etc, to bring about a sustainable digital economy in the country.

It is a national Digital Economy that involves all tiers of government, Federal, State, and local government. Hence, there is a need for all stakeholders to take the initiative to their various states for the proper implementation of a full-blown digital economy.

Awards were given to states that performed well during the week-long event in different categories that involve ICT Compliance, E-governance performance and ICT Infrastructure Implementation in which Imo state, Lagos State and Jigawa State came top in each of the categories.

The conference that started on Monday came to an end with the Chairman of the Council, Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Secretary of the Council the Permanent Secretary and members of the Council that includes heads of Agencies under the supervision of the Ministry open the discussion on the report of the technical/expert officials of National Council On Communications and Digital Economy. The communique was also adopted to mark the end of the conference.

As part of Commemoration of the event that took place in Gombe State, the Minister led his delegation and stakeholders at the meeting for a fatherly visit to the palace of Emir of Gombe, HRH Alhaji Abubakar Shehu Abubakar III.

 

 

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

Hon. Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, Permanent Secretary, Mr M. Istifanus, Secretary to the Government of Gombe State, Prof Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi, EVC NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta and other dignitaries at the 7th Regular Meeting of National Council On Communications and Digital Economy Dinner held at the Banquet Hall of Gombe Government House.
Super User Written by December 07, 2019

Dinner was organized by the Gombe State Government to honour the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM in furtherance to the ongoing 7th Regular Meeting of the National Council On Communications and Digital Economy, taking place at the Banquet Hall of Gombe State Government House.

The Conference has been a week-long event that converges representatives from different parts of the country to partake in the council, where deliberations are made on way forward in enhancing a digital economic nation.

Dr Pantami said, “Communications is the channel, Digital is the Content that goes through the channel and Economy is the main focus”, while making his remarks during the Dinner organized in his honour as a commemoration of the National Council On Communications and Digital Economy, a regular meeting taking place in the State.

The Minister thanked the government of Gombe State for providing an enabling environment for the successful hosting of the event, despite the short notice. And he praises the people of Gombe for the love and gestures his being shown whenever he visits the state.

The Secretary to the Government of Gombe State, Prof Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi who represented the Governor, Mr Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya, on the other hand thanked the Ministry for finding the state worthy to host the annual event and declare that the government of Gombe state will see to the later the implementation of the outcome of the event.

 

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

Super User Written by December 07, 2019

 Director (Radio Monitoring & Survey), Engr. K. Binga with the Syndicate Group on Capacity Building during the 2nd Day of the 7th Regular Meeting of the National Council on Communications and Digital Economy in Gombe State

Director (Telecoms & Postal Services), Engr. Ngozi O. Oguejiofor with the Syndicate Group on Capacity Building during the 2nd Day of the 7th Regular Meeting of the National Council on Communications and Digital Economy in Gombe State

Representative of (NCC), Mr. Banji Ojo and (NITDA) Dr. Taofeek Yekini leading the Syndicate Group on Capacity Building during the 2nd Day of the 7th Regular Meeting of the National Council on Communications and Digital Economy in Gombe State

Director (Planning, Research & Statistics), Dr. Nonye Nwachukwu with the Syndicate Group on Capacity Building during the 2nd Day of the 7th Regular Meeting of the National Council on Communications and Digital Economy in Gombe State

Permanent Secretary (FMoCDE), Mr. Musa Istifanus with the Syndicate Group on Capacity Building during the 2nd Day of the 7th Regular Meeting of the National Council on Communications and Digital Economy in Gombe State

Permanent Secretary (FMoCDE), Mr. Musa Istifanus with the Syndicate Group on Infrastructure during the 2nd Day of the 7th Regular Meeting of the National Council on Communications and Digital Economy in Gombe State

 

Source: Press Unit, Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy

EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES TO DOMINATE THE WORLD IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS – DR PANTAMI
Super User Written by December 03, 2019

Building on the fact that in the field of Information and Communication Technology, innovation has been a critical factor in the success of the industry as disruptive technologies have rendered so many others obsolete, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM has emphasized on the need to embrace innovation.

The Honourable Minister said, “emerging technologies are coming up with new solutions, most probably in the next 5 years, Artificial Intelligence (AI) will dominate the world”.

The Minister made this known today while addressing a team from World Bank Group and it’s Sister Agency, International Financial Corporation (IFC) who paid a working visit to the Ministry's Corporate Headquarters, Abuja.

The delegation was at the ministry to strengthen existing relationships and also explore other possible areas of collaboration aimed at fostering a Digital Economy in Nigeria.

The main highlight of the day was the official presentation of a copy of the "Nigeria Digital Economy Diagnostic Report" to the Honourable Minister by the Country Director World Bank Group, Mr Shubham Chaudhuri.

 

 

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

PANTAMI DIRECTS NIGERIAN COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (NCC) TO IMPLEMENT EXECUTIVE ORDERS 003 AND 005 IN THE AWARD OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS CONTRACTS
Super User Written by December 03, 2019

The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) FNCS, FBCS, FIIM has mandated the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), to adhere strictly to the provisions of the Executive Orders 003 and 005 as contained in the Presidential directives of 1st May 2017 and 12th February 2018 respectively, in awarding contracts in the sector .

Stakeholders have drawn the attention of the Honourable Minister to the non-compliance of the sector regulator with the policy, as a result of which indigenous companies in the sector have continued to be sidelined.

The Executive Orders 003 of 2017 and 005 of 2018, were specifically enacted to give impetus to the Local Content Development and Promotion drive of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration as the Telecommunications sub-sector is one of the most important.

Executive Order 003, which is aimed at support for Local Content in public procurement by the Federal Government of Nigeria, expressly states that, all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) shall grant preference to local manufacturers of goods and service providers, in their procurement of goods and services. Executive Order 005 which was signed by President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, on 12th February 2018, however, is even more specifically directed at the sector. The document titled Planning and Execution of Projects and Promotion of Nigerian Content in Contracts of Science, Engineering and Technology, directs all MDAs to engage indigenous professionals in the planning , design and execution of national security projects and maximize in-country capacity in all contracts and transactions with Science, Technology and Engineering components.

In light of this, it is our obligation to entrench the rule of law and ensure as much as possible, National Security Infrastructure and information, is domiciled locally with local companies as a first choice, and indigenous innovation is developed by adhering to the tenets of the Executive Orders outlined above.

The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, in line with the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) Policy of President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR), and the Ministry’s mandate, has directed the sector regulator NCC, to immediately:

  1. Review the Telecommunications sub-sector activities and give top priority and preference to Nigerian companies, with the requisite skills and qualifications;
  2. Provide an enabling environment for local capacity to develop through collaborations with foreign companies, in the event that the contract is awarded to a foreign company, where indigenous capacity is lacking; and
  3. Ensure that patronage of Indigenous Content, as outlined in the Executive Orders are complied with, in the sub-sector.

The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, is confident that the leadership of NCC will rise to the occasion and expedite action on this matter a month from the date of issue of this directive. Dr Pantami assures all Nigerians of his commitment to the protection of the rights of all citizens and the delivery of our mandate.

Signed

 

Uwa Suleiman (Mrs)

Spokesperson to the Honourable Minister of Communications & Digital Economy

2nd December 2019

Director, Planning, Research and Statistics, Dr. Nonye Nwachukwu, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, Musa Istifanus and |Gombe State Commissioner for Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Aishatu Umar Maigari at the 7th Regular Meeting of the National Council on Communications and Digital Economy with the theme “Leveraging the gain of ICTs in Developing and Implementing Digital Economy Strategy in Nigeria” holding at the Banquet Hall, Government House. Gombe, Gombe State.
Super User Written by December 02, 2019

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy Mr. Musa Istifanus has reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to fully integrate ICTs into the socio-economic development of Nigeria in order to transform the country into a knowledge-based economy.

He stated this at the opening ceremony of the 7th Regular Meeting of the National Council on Communications and Digital Economy with the theme “Leveraging the gain of ICTs in Developing and Implementing Digital Economy Strategy in Nigeria” holding at the Banquet Hall, Government House. Gombe, Gombe State.

The Permanent Secretary stated that connectivity, capacity building and inter-agency collaboration, are key factors that will bridge the digital divide and enhance technology development across the nation.

In his words, “the policy thrusts of the Ministry clearly articulate government’s intent in a number of thematic areas amongst which are local content development, ICT Research, Development and Innovation, Investment and Funding, inter agency cooperation in ICT Hardware production, Universal access and service Internet and broadband”

He pointed out that society has realized the gains of ICTs and government is committed to utilizing these possibilities with new policies interventions that would be required to address global challenges in areas such as digital economy and local challenges of societal cohesion, escalating healthcare costs, aging society and life-style change.

Istifanus said, “new technologies (devices, mobility) and technology capabilities (interoperability, security, data analytics) offer new ways to make this achievable. The society is moving towards transparency and openness.  There are initiatives to increase the engagement with the citizen, attract usage, develop increased levels of thrust, and improve the service delivery. ICT offers the best platform to achieve this”.

He urged the participants to take advantage of the many sessions at the meeting to come up with resolutions to address challenges in the present-day realities and take advantage of the networking opportunities available to forge strategic partnership towards realizing the vision of a new Nigeria.

Earlier, the Gombe State Commissioner for Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Aishatu Umar Maigari thanked the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy for choosing the state to host the 2019 council meeting in Gombe State.

 

Source: Press Unit, Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy

PRESIDENT BUHARI UNVEILS NATIONAL DIGITAL ECONOMY POLICY
Super User Written by November 29, 2019

President Muhammadu Buhari has unveiled the National Digital Economy Policy, initiated by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.

The unveiling was performed during the e-Nigeria Conference, Exhibition and Awards 2019 at the International Conference Center (ICC), Abuja.

As part of key requirements of the e-government master plan, the President has directed government institutions, “to create a digital transformation technical working group that will work with the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy to ensure seamless and coordinated implementation of projects, programmes and policies”

He said that the Nigeria e-government interoperability framework, Enterprise Architecture and the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation are in place and all Ministries, Departments and Agencies are expected to comply with these policies.

President Buhari directed the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy to develop training and sensitization programmes that will be rolled out across all key Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to ensure seamless implementation of the master plan.

He reiterated that, the digitalization of key activities such as the Bank verification number (BVN), Treasury Single Account (TSA) and the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) has enabled government to save cost and fight corruption.

The President posited that the second quarter report published by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) for 2019, showed that the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector, contributed an impressive 13.85% to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Nigeria. This clearly shows the importance and potential of the ICT sector to the job creation and economic diversification agenda of his administration.

In his words, “Nigerian ICT startups are leaving their mark on the global stage. At the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX), a Nigerian Artificial Intelligence (AI) Solutions Provider, Chiniki Guard, beat 750 contestants from 76 countries to clinch the number one spot. We shall continue to encourage and support such digital entrepreneurs to develop innovative solutions for local and global challenges”.

President Buhari recalled his directive to the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) at the e-Nigeria 2018 Conference that all government funded ICT projects must be reviewed and cleared by the Agency, and this implementation of this directive  has saved over 16.8 billion naira for the Federal Goverment.

Earlier, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), called on stakeholders across the country to support the Federal Government in achieving a digital economy by 2023.

The Minister said the administration of President Buhari which is focused on economy diversification, ensuring security and fighting corruption, will leverage on deploying Information Communications Technology (ICT) in achieving the set agenda.

He said delivering a digital economic country prompted the president to recently change the portfolio of the Ministry of Communications to the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.

 “We are working on development regulations, digital integration, building solid infrastructure, deployment of emerging technologies, as well as local content promotion and we want all hands on deck,” Pantami said.

 

Source: Press Unit, Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy

NIGERIAN PRESIDENT COMMENDS COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL ECONOMY MINISTRY FOR ENDING CIRCULATION OF IMPROPERLY REGISTERED SIM CARDS IN NIGERIA
Super User Written by November 28, 2019

It is a known fact that since the year 2010 when SIM Cards registration was first introduced in Nigeria, the country has been battling with the menace of persistent circulation of improperly registered SIM Cards. A position the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS FIIM found worrisome and immediately took the bull by the horn and addressed the challenge within 40 days in office.

It is on this backdrop that His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR commended the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy for being proactive, efficient and effective under the current leadership of Dr Pantami.

The Nigerian President said “ we were happy to be informed that over 9.2 million SIM cards were normalized, blocked or deactivated in less than 40 days. This is a very good development and will have a positive impact on our security as a nation. The Ministry deserves commendation for this timely and proactive measure and you need to stay vigilant to ensure that we never return to an era where improperly registered SIM cards make our mobile networks ready vehicles for crime.”

President Buhari also applauded the Ministry’s recent effort which is aimed at protecting the rights of the telecom consumers in line with global best practices.

 

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

PRESIDENT BUHARI EXPRESSES DELIGHT TO BE PART OF ENIGERIA SUMMIT, UNVEILS NATIONAL DIGITAL ECONOMY POLICY AND STRATEGY
Super User Written by November 28, 2019

I am delighted to participate in the Opening Ceremony of eNigeria 2019 Conference, Exhibitions and Awards, where we will discuss a very important area of focus of my administration- The National Digital Economy, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR has said.

The Nigerian President made this assertion today while officially declaring the two-day Information Technology (IT) summit open.

President Buhari reminded the gathering that the Global Digital Economy is expanding at a very fast pace, which necessitated his decision to redesignate the Federal Ministry of Communications as the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy to allow the Ministry develop and implement a digital economy policy and strategy for Nigeria.

The Nigerian Head of State further harped on the important role the Digital Economy is already playing in improving security, fighting corruption and in developing the economy which happens to be the three cardinal campaign promises of His Excellency.

“The Digital Economy is already enabling us to fight corruption through the enforcement of digitally enabled policies like the Bank Verification Number (BVN), Treasury Single Account (TSA) and the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS). These policies have saved government about N300billion annually and made the issue of ghost workers a thing of the past” he said.

The Nigerian Number 1 Citizen immediately directed all Federal Public Institutions to kick start the process of digitalising their activities and actively participate in the capacity development programs being organized by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.

Mr President also disclosed that the NEXT LEVEL administration will support the emergence of digital entrepreneurs and ensure digital and financial inclusion for Nigerians from all works of life, as part of the move to drive the implementation of the digital economy.

His Excellency concluded his remarks with a directive to the Communications and Digital Economy Ministry to coordinate all activities of the relevant institutions that are geared towards the attainment of a digital economy.

 

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

PRESIDENT BUHARI HONORS DR PANTAMI'S INVITATION, DECLARES ENIGERIA 2019 OPEN
Super User Written by November 28, 2019

Honoring the Invitations of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Panatami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM to serve as the Special Guest of Honour and officially declare eNigeria 2019 Conference, Exhibitions and Awards Open, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR today for the third year consecutively declared the IT summit open.

The eNigeria 2019 conference is with the theme “National Digital Economy”. The two-day event holding at the International Conference Center, Abuja is a veritable platform for stakeholders in the Information Technology (IT) Sector to brainstorm and come up with resolutions that would place Nigeria on the path of success in line with global best practices.

The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy is the Chief Host/ Chief Convener of the event, the Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mal Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi is the Host/ Convener while the heads of parastatals and agencies under the supervision of the Ministry namely Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT) Galaxy Backbone Limited and Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) serve as the Co-Conveners. The Keynote address was delivered by CEO of MainOne, Ms Funke Opeke.

The main highlight of the day was the official opening and unveiling of the NATIONAL DIGITAL ECONOMY POLICY AND STRATEGY and also the presentation of the Startup Seed Fund to the Sum of 3 Million Naira each to Abdulkarim Bashir of Chiniki Guard and Osawaru Stephen of 247 Medics. Both excelled brilliantly during the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX) held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Chiniki Guard was the Overall Global Winner at GITEX 2019 Supernova Challenge (AI) Category.

 

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