Digital Skills: FG Empowers Persons Living with Disabilities from the South East Region of Nigeria
With the vision of bridging the digital divide in Nigeria and ensuring that People Living with Disabilities (PLWDs) are empowered with digital skills to thrive in the 21st-century global market as captured in the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy for a Digital Nigeria, the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy is overseeing a 5-day capacity development programme for PLWD.
The 5-day training programme is taking place in Enugu, Enugu State has participants drawn from all the South Eastern States of the Country. The programme which is a policy directive of the Ministry under the visionary leadership of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami is implemented by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).
PANTAMI EXCITED AS ICT IS FASTEST GROWING SECTOR OF NIGERIA’S ECONOMY
The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, is very delighted to hear that the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector recorded the highest growth rate of all the sectors of the Nigerian economy in both the fourth quarter of 2020 (Q4 2020) and the entire year 2020. This was based on the Q4 2020 Report on Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) released today, the 18th of February 2020, by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) released
According to the NBS, " Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 0.11%(year-on-year) in real terms in the fourth quarter of 2020, representing the first positive quarterly growth in the last three quarters." In real terms, the non-oil sector contributed 94.13% to the nation’s GDP in Q4 2020 as opposed to the 5.87% contributed to total real GDP by the oil sector.
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT APPROVES NATIONAL ICT PARK
The Federal Executive Council approved the building of the first National ICT Park during its meeting on the 10th of February, 2021. This followed the presentation of a memo by the Honourable Minister of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, FNCS, FBCS, FIIM.
The Park is the first of its kind due to its nature, activities and the state-of-the-art facilities it will have. The Park will also accommodate the National ICT Exhibition Centre, as well as Museum for ICT and postal services, to showcase technology-related innovations by Nigerians.
The National ICT Park will be supported by the National Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre (NDIEC) that was earlier presented by the Honourable Minister and approved by the FEC on the 11th of November, 2020 and whose groundbreaking was done by Dr Pantami on the 4th of February, 2021. Both (the NDIEC and the Park) are legacy projects of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR. All the parastatals of the Ministry will be involved in managing the National Centres.
PANTAMI’s MINISTRY TOPS THE CHARTS AT THE PUBLIC SERVICE INNOVATION CHALLENGE - MINISTER EMPOWERS WINNERS WITH DIGITAL DEVICES
Participants at the Public Service Innovation Challenge representing the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, who clinched the top three positions to emerge first, second and third winners of the competition organised by the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation among 168 participants have been digitally empowered.
Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami under whose purview the ministry falls, expressed satisfaction at the feat while presenting them with digital tools in his office on Wednesday, 27th January 2021. He affirmed that the ministry was proud of the achievement and that “the federal government will continue to support innovation and innovators that is why In addition to the monetary prizes won by our able teams, we are also presenting them with Laptops to further encourage and support their drive”.
NIN ENROLMENT FOR MEMBERS OF THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS
The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, has approved the setting up of a National Identity Number (NIN) enrolment centre at the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The desk will be set up by Tuesday, 19th of January, 2021.
This enrolment centre will provide support for members of the Diplomatic Corps and will be managed by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, through the National Identity Management Commission. The centre is being set up based on the request of the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, in order to simplify the process for diplomats.