His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, launched the Digital Nigeria Programme on the 19th of March, 2020 as "one of Federal Government’s key initiatives that will empower innovators and entrepreneurs with skills required to thrive in our emerging digital economy".

In furtherance to this, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, is promoting options for digital training for Nigerians. This is especially important at a time when the world stays home to combat the spread of ‪COVID-19.

The Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy is partnering with a number of institutions to enable Nigerians acquire cutting edge digital skills within the comfort of their homes.  One of such partnerships is based on the MoU signed with IBM on the 16th of January, 2020.  Through this partnership and as part of the IBM Digital Nation Africa programme, the Ministry will be providing Nigerians with over 280+ hours of free learning & 85+ courses on key emerging technologies like:

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Use of Video Conferencing and Video IP Phones Facilities for Essential Meetings during the COVID-19 outbreak

With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is highly recommended to exercise measures such as social distancing as a necessary precaution towards curbing the spread of the deadly and highly infectious virus.

With the disease known to spread primarily through contact with infected persons, surfaces or environments, there is a need for civil servants and the workforce in the country to minimize physical and face-to-face meetings.

In light of this, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, FNCS, FBCS, FIIM encourages MDAs and civil servants to use the Federal Government's Unified Communication Services (UCS) platform available to provide reliable and secure audio and video communication within the 1Gov network.

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Our attention has been drawn to a video clip, which is currently trending on Social Media, maliciously targeting the person and office of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, MCPN. The three minutes and one second video which was edited from the live coverage of the commissioning of key projects of the Ministry, by the President on Thursday, 19th March 2020 was accompanied by a write up from a faceless writer, which reeks of falsehood.

The President, attended the event on the invitation of the Honourable Minister, and it was paramount that His Excellency’s timing be strictly adhered to, as earlier agreed at the preparatory meeting in the Presidential Villa, that all speakers at the event will; Adhere to the time allocated to them and, limit their presentations to the responsibility(ies) assigned to them. The Honourable Minister regulated the speeches of both speakers namely, the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Director General of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

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President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, has directed the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM to work with all Ministries, Departments, Agencies and Parastatals of Government towards the protection of Critical National Infrastructure . The President gave the directive at the commissioning of several projects and programmes, of the Ministry in Abuja.

Addressing top government functionaries and captains of industry, at the unveiling of the National Broadband plan 2020-2025, the launching of the Emergency Communications Centre and Toll Free Number 112, the commissioning of the Communications and Digital Economy Complex and the flag off of the Digital Innovation and Entreprenuership Training, President Buhari expressed delight at the laudable developments which he noted “will enhance the development of our National Digital Economy and support our efforts in diversifying the economy”

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Digital Nigeria: President Buhari Unveils Strategic Road Map, Commissions ICT Projects, Flags-off Digital Training

In line with the NEXT LEVEL agenda that seeks to diversify Nigeria’s economy from oil-based and enhance human capacity development to empower Nigerians with the required digital skills needed to compete favourably in the digital world and provide the enabling environment that will ensure youths become employers of labour and not potential employees, His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, renamed and expanded the mandate of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy previously known as the Federal Ministry of Communications.

Mr President also set a performance benchmark for all cabinet ministers, a covenant the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM is not taking lightly, building on the fact that public office is a trust.

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