FEDERAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL APPROVES 5G POLICY FOR NIGERIA

The Federal Executive Council has approved the National Policy on Fifth Generation (5G) Networks for Nigeria’s Digital Economy.  The 5G Policy was approved at the Council meeting today, Wednesday, 8th September 2021, following the presentation by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami). The implementation of the National Policy is with immediate effect.

The National Policy has been developed over a period of 2 years, due to the need for extensive stakeholder engagement and the need to ensure adequate public awareness and sensitization.  The stakeholder engagement was thorough and multi-sectoral in nature.  It also took into account the report of the 3-month 5G trials that commenced on the 25th of November 2019.  The report critically reviewed and studied the health and security implications of deploying 5G in Nigeria.

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Communications and Digital Economy Ministry to partner Japan on Technology.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) represented by Mr. Bitrus Bako Nabasu,mni Permanent Secretary, on Thursday 25th August, 2021 received in audience the Ambassador-designate of Japan, His Execellency, Mr. Sadanabu Kusaote Umer and his entourage in his office in Abuja on a courtesy call. The Permanent Secretary said it was a pleasure to have the Ambassador to interact with the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy at a time like this when the Ministry is working assiduously towards digitizing the Country’s economy. He noted that the economy of Japan is being driven by modern technology and that it will be of immense benefit for Nigeria to collaborate with the Government of Japan to develop her digital economy sector which will in turn increase her Gross Domestic Product (GDP). He said that the Digital Economy added to the Communications Ministry is to enable it digitize the economy thereby enhance economic growth, create employment especially for its teaming youths and bring about better life for the people generally. He reiterated that to partner with Japanese Companies on Technology Development particularly in the area of Digitalization of Nigeria Economy is a very welcome development.

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ICT SECTOR RECORDS AN UNPRECEDENTED 17.92%- ITS HIGHEST EVER CONTRIBUTION TO NIGERIA’S GDP

The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, PhD is highly delighted to hear of the growth of the contribution of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the second quarter of 2021 (Q2 2021). The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) indicated this in the ‘Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product Report’ for Q2 2021 released today, the 26th of August, 2021.

It is noteworthy that the ICT sector contributed 17.92% to the total real GDP in Q2 2021, 20.54% higher than its contribution a year earlier and in the preceding quarter, in which it accounted for 14.91%. This is the highest contribution of ICT to the GDP and is truly unprecedented.

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MICROSOFT SEEKS FURTHER PARTNERSHIPS FOR DIGITAL ECONOMY DEVELOPMENT

     The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami today Monday, August 16th 2021 played, host to the new Country Director of Microsoft, Mrs Ola Williams, when he received the Microsoft delegation in his office at the Digital Economy Complex, Abuja.

The delegation was on a courtesy call to the Minister, to strengthen the already existing relationship with the supervisory Ministry of the digital economy sector and to further seek the support of the Federal Government in establishing a Data Centre in the country. In her submission, Mrs Williams noted that “the exemplary leadership of Dr Pantami has built confidence and encouraged investments in the sector. We are here to solicit your continuous support to make sure we get the right level of engagements required in terms of timeline for us to build the required business case to land the Data Centre in Nigeria. In the same vein, we are also soliciting the collaboration of your office in commencing the digital skills training targeted at five million Nigerians over a two year period”.

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DIGITAL ECONOMY SECTOR SETS UNPRECEDENTED RECORD AS PANTAMI COMMISSIONS MORE PROJECTS

The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), today Friday 13th August 2021 in line with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy, commissioned seven more projects across the country in furtherance of the Federal Government’s resolve to leverage on technology in empowering the nation. This brings the number of projects established under the leadership of Dr Pantami to over one thousand, six hundred and sixty seven across all geo-political zones in the country.

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