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DR PANTAMI EXPRESSES DISCONTENT WITH THE CURRENT STATE OF NIPOST
Super User Written by November 28, 2019

I am very uncomfortable with the current state of the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) as at today. Nigerians are complaining about inefficient services, most NIPOST offices are visibly dilapidated, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM has said.

The Honourable Minister made his position known while making his remarks as chairman of the steering committee of the postal sector, reform, restructuring and modernisation of NIPOST, during an official meeting which was held today at the Ministry’s Headquarters, Abuja. The meeting was part of a move for the partial commercialisation of NIPOST.

The Minister stated that daily, Nigerians on social media are lamenting about unprofessional services provided by NIPOST such as missing parcels, parcels tampered with or delivered to the wrong location which he finds worrisome because NIPOST falls under the supervision of the Ministry.

Dr Pantami further directed the project delivery team to provide him with a weekly update about its activities and currently focus on NIPOST retaining its name and also coming up with two non-postal subsidiary companies namely NIPOST Transport and Logistics Services Limited and NIPOST Properties and Development Company Limited.

The steering committee has the Honourable Minister as the Chairman, the Director General, Bureau of Public Enterprises, Mr Alex A. Okoh, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr Musa F. Istifanus, Chairperson of the NIPOST Board, Barr Maimuna Yahaya Abubakar as members, among others.

 

 

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

PUBLIC AWARENESS ON ANTI-PROGRESSIVE ACTIVITIES BY CORRUPT INDIVIDUALS
Super User Written by November 25, 2019

This is to notify the general public, that the Office of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, is not unaware of the clandestine attempts by some unpatriotic elements at sabotaging the efforts being made by the Ministry to deliver its mandate to Nigerians.

It is no news that the proactive policy direction, anti corruption and economically empowering  principles, characteristic of the current leadership of Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) FNCS, FBCS, FIIM has impacted hugely on the lives of ordinary Nigerians who have hitherto been helpless in the face of blatant exploitation. Since assumption of office, the Honourable Minister has consistently rolled out policies that strive to protect the consumer and entrench discipline and professionalism in the sector, this stand has obviously ruffled some feathers whose sole aim is to discredit Dr Pantami’s mass-friendly policies.

Investigations into the suspicious activities of some disgruntled elements, has exposed attempts at a malicious smear campaign, bankrolled by unscrupulous elements are uncomfortable with the Minister’s people-oriented policies because, they can no longer conduct business as usual. The strategy is to compromise the media, using financial inducements and they have raised a considerable amount of money for this campaign. The objective of this bogus façade, is to intimidate us into allowing the continued exploitation of Nigerians by compromising regulators. The gentlemen and women of the esteemed fourth estate of the realm are hereby called upon, to shun all attempts at demeaning the noble pen profession and uphold the integrity of their character. We commend the resilience of some media persons who resisted the lure of evil, refused to be compromised and reached out to us. We are proud of the level of professionalism and patriotism demonstrated by the press which resulted in the woeful failure of the despicable campaign.

The Office of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy shall pursue and uphold its mandate, in line with the Three Point Agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR. No acts of corruption or injustice shall be condoned. We will neither be intimidated by fifth columnists or any agents of dubious intentions, nor be blackmailed into submission.

The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy  considers it duty-bound, to provide non-discriminatory policy directions for the benefit of every Nigerian, ensure that consumers are protected from exploitation, provide an enabling environment for investors and operators, and enhance the independence of all regulatory Parastatals under his purview. The hitherto existing relationship between Regulators and Operators which more often than not, compromises the former, is one that cannot thrive under the current leadership. The Honourable Minister is determined to ensure that the unhealthy dependence of Regulators on Operators is addressed, so that Regulators can be very objective.

We hereby urge the general public, to be alert to the shady activities of these corrupt individuals, and disregard any information that contravenes the policies of the Ministry. We will continue to render public service in line with global best practice.

 

Signed

Uwa Suleiman

Spokesperson to the Honourable Minister of Communications & Digital Economy

25th  November, 2019

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT URGES STATES TO PROTECT CRITICAL NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE (CNI) AND ALLOW FUELLING THEIR FACILITIES
Super User Written by November 22, 2019

The attention of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) FNCS, FBCS, FIIM has been drawn to very serious, unpatriotic and corrupt activities of some criminal elements within the public service, who have continued to engage in acts capable of undermining the national security.

The office of the Honourable Minister has received several complaints from Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) about the unfortunate incidences of forced closures or outright destruction of Telecommunications Infrastructure in some parts of the country. Base Transceiver Stations (BTS) and other telecommunications facilities are reportedly being vandalised and MNOs, are hindered from delivering the requisite services to the consumer by state owned Agencies in some parts of the country.

In a correspondence with the Honourable Minister, the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) confirmed and emphasised that, telecommunications infrastructure are a Critical National Infrastructure (CNI), and are central to national security. Also, these actions constitute a violation of relevant laws of Nigeria and are a threat to national economic development as most businesses nowadays, depend on services provided by telecommunications operators.

In line with the provisions of the Cybercrime Act of 2015, Telecommunications Infrastructure are designated CNI and therefore, any acts of vandalism or deliberate obstruction of service delivery is deemed unlawful and punishable by law. The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, in an earlier intervention to bring this challenge to a permanent end, had written to all affected state chief executives in this regard, urging them to ensure that all agencies and residents, within their respective domains desist from these despicable acts.

In an era where development is tech-driven and the Federal Government is making concerted efforts to digitalise the economy, the actions of these unscrupulous elements strive to undermine the President’s Digital Economy Agenda and indeed, the overall development of the country.

This wanton destruction and total disregard for CNI, must be stopped forthwith.  The Federal Government is doing all it can, to ensure the security of the lives and properties of its citizens and will not condone any acts, that will jeopardise its efforts. All Governors whose states are affected by this scourge, are respectfully reminded and encouraged, to immediately deploy strategies that will bring an end to it. As Chief Security Officers (CSOs) of their various states, they are to ensure the immediate implementation of, and compliance with this directive and anyone who persists with this criminal act brought to book in accordance with the law.

In a related development, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, is concerned about the obstruction and hinderance to the activities of MNOs, by some men of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), thereby constituting a challenge to telecommunications services delivery.

Numerous complaints reaching the Minister’s office allege that men of the service, especially around border towns where BTS are located, deny passage to petrol tank drivers, thereby denying them access to refuel generators supplying power to these base stations. The effects of these acts are a threat to national security and economic growth and cannot be ignored.

The Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, while applauding the revived efforts of the NCS in tackling the activities of smugglers, however, urges the service to direct its officers deployed to these locations, to identify and grant concession to genuine drivers carrying petroleum supplies to remote locations and are a critical link in the chain. The Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) of President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, is centred around a Digital Economy and the telecoms sector, occupies a central position in the scheme of things. It is of utmost importance that public institutions collaborate and form partnerships that will ensure the security and prosperity of all Nigerians.   

The Federal Government assures stakeholders, operators and indeed all law abiding citizens, of its commitment to providing a safe business environment for investments to thrive.

Signed

 

Uwa Suleiman

Spokesperson to the Honourable Minister of Communications & Digital Economy

22nd November, 2019

Minister of Communications & Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) and Korea Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency, Major General (Rtd) Lee In-Tae,  at the commissioning of the e-government training centre in Abuja
Super User Written by November 19, 2019

The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) has commissioned an e-Government Training Center, one brand new 36 seater Hyundai Bus as well as a 260 KVA Generator set to provide uninterrupted electricity to the Centre. 

 The Centre is located at the premises of the Public Service Institute of Nigeria (PSIN), it was built and donated to Nigeria Government by the Korea Government through the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) for the capacity building of e-Government in Nigeria.

The Hon. Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) performed the commissioning ceremony on Friday at the Public Service Institute of Nigeria in Abuja.

Performing the ceremony, Pantami conveyed President Muhammadu Buhari sincere appreciation to the Republic of Korea Government and her Ambassador to Nigeria, H.E Major Gen. Lee In-tae (Rtd.) for this intervention, adding that the e-Government Centre will go a long way in bridging the gap in the training and retraining needs of Civil Servants in Nigeria.


The Minister reiterated that President Muhammadu Buhari on October 17, 2019 re-designated the Ministry of Communication to Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy to allow for the expansion of the scope of the Ministry and it's Parastatals toward changing the perceptions of Nigerians about the role and mandate of the Ministry in alignment with global best practice and the Federal Government's Economic Recovery Growth Plan (ERGP).

He noted that retaining the former name would mean that "the Ministry was more on how to provide ICT but with the new nomenclature, the Ministry will now convert ICT and utilize it for economic benefits for both individual level and official purposes", adding that "ICT today is not just about Socialization or conveying a message but how we can utilize it to promote our economy."

Dr. Pantami said that e-Government is all about digital economy and that is why the Ministry and its Parastatals have been mandated to implement e-Government in Nigeria and Federal Executive Council has approved e-government Master plan for the country.

According to him, with the successful completion and commissioning of the e-Government Centre, a standing Committee will be inaugurated to manage the centre and ensure that Civil Servants are train in batches with the anticipation that by 2022 or 2023 all Civil Servants in Nigeria would have been fully trained.

The Minister disclosed that the Ministry has commenced the process of securing another grant from the Korea Government for the second phase of the e-Government Centre in Nigeria. He called on the Korea Ambassador to Nigeria and Ministry of Budget and National planning to intervene and ensure its success. 

He eulogizes the Pioneer Director of the Centre, Dr. Geoon who passed away before the completion of the edifice adding that his contributions would remain in indelible in the hearts of stakeholders and to serve as a memorial, he renamed the Centre as Dr. Geoon Multipurpose Centre.

Earlier, the Country Director of KOICA, Woochan Chang said that the commissioning of the e-Government Centre was historic being that the Centre was as a result of the partnership between his government and Nigeria. He added that KOICA has injected about $8.45m in the project and about $1m to refurbish the Centre to serve as excellent training Centre for Nigerians.

The event also witnessed the closing ceremony and presentation of certificates to participants who had undergone a four week training programme and awards to best instructors have in attendance the CEOs of the agencies under the Ministry.


Source: Press Unit, Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy

DR PANTAMI CHAIRS ENIGERIA 2019 CENTRAL WORKING COMMITTEE, URGES PATRIOTISM
Super User Written by November 17, 2019

As a public servant, the position we occupy is not based on inheritance, but rather, a call to service. Public office is a trust, the Honourable Minister, Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM has said.

The Honourable Minister made this assertion in his capacity as the Chairman, Central Working Committee (CWC), of the tech gathering during the inaugural meeting of the working group. The information technology conference is scheduled to hold from Thursday, 28th to Saturday, 30th of November 2019 with the theme: "Achieving National Digital Economy."

The Next Level Minister also disclosed that His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR will declare the event open and has further directed the Ministry to develop the “National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy” in line with the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), which is to be unveiled during the conference.

The Minister as well declared that under his reign, interagency rivalry is a thing of the past and went further to immediately name the Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, Managing Director, Galaxy Backbone PLC, Arch Yusuf Kazaure, Managing Director , Nigerian Communications Satelite (NIGCOMSAT), Dr Abimbola Alale and the Post Master General, Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST), Barr Adebisi Adegbuyi as Co-Hosts, while the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is to serve as the secretariat.

eNigeria is Nigeria’s annual Information Technology (IT) summit organized by NITDA in collaboration with relevant stakeholders from the private and public sector as well as Non-Governmental Organizations. It serves as a platform for ICT awareness creation, developing an appropriate framework and setting goals for best practices to encourage appropriate positioning of Nigeria in the global Information Society.

 

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

CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT, KEY TO ATTAINTING A DIGITAL ECONOMY - HONOURABLE MINISTER
Super User Written by November 17, 2019

The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM has stated that the Ministry under his watch will prioritize Digital literacy with a view of ensuring that by the year 2022- 2023 all Federal Public Servants are computer literates.

The Next Level prime mover made this known today while delivering the keynote address during the closing ceremony of the capacity development program for eGovernment in Nigeria and the official Hand-Over of the eGovernment Training Centre to Nigeria. Both projects were executed by the Korean Government through its representative in Nigeria (KOICA).

The Minister also appreciated the Republic of South Korea for sponsoring Nigerian students to the Country for both MSc and Ph.D. programmes, stressing that capacity development is essential to economic development.

The Federal Executive Council member highlighted that training and retraining are essential components in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) of His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari led administration.

Dr Pantami further disclosed that he has granted approval for the $1million project to be renamed after Dr Jeong Kuk Hwan, the former Country Director KOICA, who passed away early last year.

On his part, Ambassador Lee of South Korea appreciated the Ministry and the Management of Public Service Institute of Nigeria, Abuja for the support rendered in actualizing the projects.

The ambassador further pledged the Korean Government's full commitment to partnering with Nigeria in the area of capacity development.

Highlights of the day were the official sign off and Hand-Over of the eGovernment Training Centre to Nigeria, presentation of certificates and prizes to deserving participants.

 

 

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

 

PANTAMI ORDERS BROAD POLICY DEACTIVATION OF AUTOMATIC VOICEMAILS ON EXISTING PHONE LINES
Super User Written by November 14, 2019

The attention of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, has been drawn to the latest trend of financial exploitation by Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) in the country, through the automatic activation of the Voicemail Service on their platforms. Based on recent reports reaching the office, the practice has gained momentum in recent times.

The Voicemail service should be accessed at the discretion of the subscriber and not by default. The Honourable Minister finds it worrisome and totally unacceptable, that telecoms subscribers incur financial charges, for a service they are compelled to use by default. Voicemail is not a popular service among mobile phone users in Nigeria, coupled with the language challenge among rural dwellers, who mostly do not understand the language deployed by these networks.

It is apparent, that the recent clampdown on the exploitative activities of some Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) in the country, has beamed the searchlight on the sector properly, and some unpatriotic elements in the system are devising subtle, ingenious methods of defrauding Nigerians. The Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy under the current leadership of Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), will neither overlook any acts, regardless of how subtle, that undermine the Anti Corruption Crusade of President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, nor condone any attempts to defraud Nigerians and indeed, all subscribers.

In the light of this, Dr Pantami has issued a broad policy directive to the sector regulator Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), to immediately ensure that issues regarding automatic voicemails are addressed on all existing phone lines and the subscribers, given the option of accessing the service via an activation code.

It is our collective responsibility to ensure that the rights of consumers are protected, while providing a conducive business environment for Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), in line with global best practice.
Signed

 

 

Uwa Suleiman (Mrs)
Spokesperson to the Honourable Minister of Communications & Digital Economy
14th November 2019

Super User Written by November 12, 2019

Following the five day ultimatum issued by the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) FNCS, FBCS, FIIM to the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) on the 5th of November 2019, to resolve the challenges of illegal data deductions and review the cost of data downward, the commission has risen up to the task and efforts are in top gear to carry out the Minister’s directives.

In a letter from the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC), received by the office of the Honourable Minister on the 8th of November 2019, the telecommunications regulator, intimated Dr Pantami of the strategies been taken to stem the tide of short changing subscribers by Mobile Network Operators.

In its earlier attempts to tackle the challenges, the Commission informed the Honourable Minister that it had issued a directive to all Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) on the attendant penalties associated with Automatic Renewal and Forceful Subscription to Data and Value Added Services. The penalties include considerable financial sanctions on the erring operator.

The letter stated that, in response to the directive of the Honourable Minister, the Commission reviewed the Nigerian Communications Act of 2003 on its rule-making powers and process. The Commission is in the process of carrying out a study on the End-of-Session Notification for Data Services and depending on the outcome, may issue a direction in accordance with the Act.

Furthermore, in a bid to protect consumers, the Commission also notified the Honourable Minister of their regulation of the initial directive to include refunds to the consumer in established cases of unauthorized subscription.

The Nigerian Communications Commission also assured the Honourable Minister that it has been working assiduously round the clock to enforce the Federal Government’s directives and has requested the good graces of the Minister to extend the deadline which expires today, 8th November 2019, to enable it properly re-strategise and fully implement long term solutions as directed, to the challenges.

Dr Pantami has graciously granted an extension with the understanding that the Commission will resolve these issues within the shortest time possible. The  Honourable Minister, hereby assures the general public that the current administration will neither tolerate acts of injustice nor the shortchanging of its citizens as it is working tirelessly to ensure that subscribers get full value for their money.

 

 

Signed

 

Uwa Suleiman (Mrs)

Spokesperson to the Honourable Minister of Communications & Digital Economy

9th November 2019

PANTAMI ORDERS TERMINATION OF CASH PAYMENTS IN NIPOST OFFICES NATIONWIDE
Super User Written by November 07, 2019

It has come to the attention of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) FNCS, FBCS, FIIM that some unscrupulous elements, have been taking undue advantage of the cash payment system under the Nigeria Postal Services (NIPOST), to engage in corrupt practices.

In line with the anti corruption Agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, and the mandate of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, the Honourable Minister hereby directs the Post Master General, to with immediate effect, suspend all existing cash payment plans within its establishments nationwide. The Post Master General, is to ensure that all its offices revert to Point of Sales (PoS) and bank teller transactions immediately.

The general public and all customers of NIPOST, are hereby encouraged to insist on Point of Sales (PoS) or bank teller transactions, when conducting business with NIPOST. This directive is a temporary measure in the interim to tackle corruption, as we are currently working on fully automating the systems as a permanent solution to the challenge.

In the same vein, Dr Pantami also directs the Post Master General, to immediately implement strategies that will bring an end to unnecessary delays, in its service delivery to customers. The current trend of delays in postal services will not be condoned by the office of the Honourable Minister under whose purview, the supervision of NIPOST falls.

The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, and the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy are committed to protecting the rights of all Nigerians and will not tolerate any acts of corruption under its watch.

 

 

Signed

Uwa Suleiman (Mrs)

Spokesperson to the Honourable Minister of Communications & Digital Economy

7th November 2019

WE ARE APPOINTED TO SERVE, PROTECT THE INTEREST OF NIGERIANS – DR PANTAMI
Super User Written by November 06, 2019

The main agenda of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) as the telecoms regulator is to protect the interest of Nigerian telecom users (customers), a customer is a king, the cost of data in Nigeria is very high compared to other African Countries and also illegal deduction of Data persists, as I have also been a victim to this fraudulent activity, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM has said.

The Digital Young Energetic Vibrant Minister made this assertion today shortly after administering the Oath of Office to the New Board Member / Executive Commissioner (Stakeholder Management) of NCC, Barr Adeleke Adewolu which was held at the Ministry's Headquarters, Abuja.

The Next Level Honourable Minister also commended the commission’s effort in exceeding the Broadband Penetration target set by 5% with broadband penetration currently standing at 35%, the role NCC played in ensuring all improperly registered SIM Cards were deactivated within the stipulated time frame and ensuring penalties were appropriately remmited to the government

The Honourable Minister further charged the commission to work on improving the penetration of 3G and 4G across Nigeria.

The Minister also noted that as a supervisor, he is not blind to the challenges facing the sector such as Right of Way (RoW), Vandalism of telecom equipment, Hooliganism among others and assured the telecoms regulator of his 100% commitment to address the situation systematically.

Dr Pantami as well urged the commission’s Governing Board to be upright in the discharge of their official responsibilities, shun corrupt practices and personal interests, and above all to be good ambassadors of the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration.

“As appointees of His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, we are appointed to serve and protect the interest of Nigerians”, he said.

 

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