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Digital Economy: State Governors Resolve To Address Right of Way Challenges

The State Governors under the auspices of the Governors’ Forum, resolved to address the lingering issue of Right of Way (RoW) charges in a bid to deepen broadband penetration in the country and promote a Digital Economy for a Digital Nigeria.   The resolution followed a presentation made by Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, during the meeting of the Governors’ Forum held on the 22nd of January, 2020. He was accompanied to the meeting by Prof Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Kashifu Inuwa, CCIE, Director-General of...

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ATCON Kicks Against Hike Of RoW

In a recent statement by the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), wishes to state that the recent hike in the cost of Right of Way (RoW) by some State Governments and Agencies is unnecessary as it will be counterproductive and slow down broadband development in the States. While ATCON commends the State Governors for the giant strides in the area of accelerating the development and growth of their various States, the association reiterates its commitment to work with the various State Governments and Agencies in providing an enabling environment for the establishment of more telecom and ICT Companies in the...

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Pantami Meets Media, Enlightens Need for Digital Economy

The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy (HMCDE), Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), recently meet with members of the Abuja Chapter of the Nigerian Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA), convened by the Minister to enlighten the media about steps that had been taken by the FMoCDE under his leadership, to enhance the transition to digital economy at a media parley and press briefing which took place at Treasure Suites, Maitama, Abuja. The briefing was attended by chief executive officers and management staff of the FMoCDE and its agencies, including Engr. Ubale Maska, NCC's Executive Commissioner Technical Services, who represented the EVC of...

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NIMC Targets World Class Digital Ecosystem As Bidding Ends

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has opened and sorted about 586 local partners’ submission for the Expression of Interest (EOI) for the provision of Data collection and issuance of the National Identification Number (NIN) services at the NIMC Headquarters, Abuja. The EOI advertised by the Commission in November, is in line with the process of implementing the Digital Identity Ecosystem project for the National Identity Management System (NIMS) in Nigeria. Abdullahi Ibrahim the NIMC General Manager, Corporate Services Department, who represented the NIMC Director General/CEO Engr. Aliyu A. Aziz at the Bid opening ceremony, reiterated the importance of stakeholders collaboration for...

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ATCON Throws Reception For Pantami, Assures Collaboration

The Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON),  assured the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami that the association is ready to  work closely with the Ministry to achieve the true gains of the Digital Economy agenda. Engr. Olusola Teniola, President of ATCON, gave the assurance at a special reception dinner in honour of he Minister to formally introduce him to the captains of the industry at Barcelona Hotel, Abuja. “ATCON pledges to work with the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy in order to understand how we can shape, mold and create an industry that attracts further...

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NIMC Extends Diaspora Enrolment to Togo, Niger Republic, Ivory Coast and The Republic of Ireland

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has extended the enrolment of Nigerians living in the Diaspora into the National Identity Database to Togo, Niger Republic, Ivory Coast and the Republic of Ireland. This was announced in statement signed by Abdulhamid Umar, General Manager Operations and Corporate Communications. "NIMC has the mandate to ensure that all Nigerian citizens and Legal Residents are enrolled into the National Identity Database and issued the unique National Identification Number (NIN) upon successful enrolment." The Enrolment in the aforementioned countries are in partnership with Kevonne Consults Limited, Slogani Consults Nigeria Limited and Knowledge Square Nigeria Limited, all Nigerian owned companies licensed to...

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Pantami Chairs National Frequency Management Council, Effects Major Changes

The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), FNCS, FBCS, FIIM has reinstated the autonomy of the National Frequency Management Council (NFMC), in accordance with the provisions of the Act establishing it. At his inaugural meeting as Chairman of Council, Dr Pantami faulted the domiciling of the Council as a department under the Ministry, citing Section 30(2) of the Act which expressly states that officials of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, shall serve as Secretariat to the Council. This he emphasised, does not translate to the Council being reduced to the status...

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NIMC DG – Identity Programme Requires Political Commitment, Funding to Succeed

Nigeria’s national identity programme will not succeed unless there is strong political commitment on the part of government backed by adequate funding, the Director-General of the National Identity Management Commission, (NIMC), Engr. Aliyu Aziz, has warned. Engr. Aliyu Aziz mentioned this at the 6th General Assembly of the Northern Traditional Rulers Council (NTRC) held at the Arewa House, Kaduna, Engr. Aziz said “like any government reform, political will and strong leadership are required to implement the national identity project.” In his paper titled “Importance of National Identity to Nation Building,” Engr. Aziz stated: “without strong political leadership and commitment, financial resources and stakeholder...

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Danbatta Now Nigeria’s Security & Emergency Management Ambassador

Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has been recognised as Nigeria’s Goodwill Ambassador for Security and Emergency Management in Nigeria. This recognition is in honour of his significant contribution to the Federal Government’s agenda aimed at improving security of lives and property through leveraging Information Technology facilities, Danbatta received the recognition at the first-ever Security and Emergency Management Awards (SAEMA 2019) organised in Abuja by the Emergency Digest, a publication of Image Merchants Promotion Limited, in conjunction with the Centre for Crisis Communication (CCC) which was attended by many stakeholders, particularly agencies in the...

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DigiVation Personality: PANTAMI: AN UNSTOPPABLE GAME CHANGER

[caption id="attachment_3732" align="aligncenter" width="720"] Hon. Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Pantami[/caption] Long before he was called to public service, Dr Isa  Ali Ibrahim  (Pantami)  had  prepared for the task ahead. His life- long foray into the highly complex, intellectual world of digital scholarship, long before we even embraced technology in these climes, is testimony that nature had behooved on him the role he is so excellently playing today. It is neither accidental nor a mistake or even some inexplicable phenomena that at this very auspicious time in our nation’s history, a man of Pantami’s standing  and repute...

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