ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON THE NIGERIAN DIGITAL ECONOMY AND POST PANDEMIC STRATEGIES

BEING A KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY ISA ALI IBRAHIM (PANTAMI), PhD, FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, HONOURABLE MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL ECONOMY, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA AT THE NESG DIGITAL ECONOMY POLICY COMMISSION WEBINAR ON THURSDAY, 28TH MAY 2020 All Protocols duly observed. May Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon you! I am very delighted to deliver this Keynote Address as we assess the impact of COVID-19 on the Digital Economy and identify strategies that will enable us develop our Digital Economy despite the challenges of the pandemic. I would like to…

THE WORLD WILL NOT BE DESTROYED BY FIRE OR VIRUS – by Owei Lakemfa

“A veteran journalist called me on April 4 to confirm if indeed the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) issued a statement advising government against approving the Fifth Generation Mobile Technology (5G) claiming it is dangerous and linked to the outbreak of Covid-19. The NUJ also reportedly rejected the invitation of Chinese doctors in order to avoid: “… a situation where Nigerians will be used as a Guinea pig for any experiment” I told him it was an incredible and absurd story but that I will make enquiries. I immediately called…

CLOSE-UP: Yusuf Sambo, the Nigerian engineer leading Scotland’s 5G revolution

Much of the global market in 2019 has been driven by trade wars between the United States and The Peoples Republic of China. President Donald Trump signed an executive order that no US company should use telecommunications equipment made by technology companies that pose national security risks. The ban was targeted at Huawei, the Chinese tech company leading 5G revolution in Asia. Experts say the US may lose as much as $500 billion, if China beats America to the best 5G technology — highlighting how important 5G will be in…

Pantami And Ministerial Arrogancy By Emmanuel John

The uncouth behaviour of Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, during the commissioning of the NCC complex in Mbora, in the presence of the President is unfortunate to say the least. This could only happen in Nigeria where Muhammadu Buhari is the President. In saner climes, the minister could have resigned for disrespecting the office of the President or fired. The Executive Vice Chairman, Prof Garba Danbatta, is not a good story for the commission, but for the commission’s reputation, the minister could have responded with protocol and…

OGBOMOSO: A budding ecosystem of innovation By Okekunle Abayomi

This is Joshua Obi, a JSS 2 student of Anglican Grammar School Ogbomoso. He reached out to us yesterday to inform us about  a remote controlled car he made from empty cartons. We scheduled an appointment with him and met today. During the conversation with him, he shared with us his natural inclination to replicate things he sees around using the resources most accessible to him. Curious about where he got his technical knowledge from, we found that he had been talking to Oladayo Israel Adedeji, one of the winners…

NYSC seeks more ICT centres in state secretariats

The National Youth Service Corps has appealed to the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) to help in replicating the Information and Communication Technology Centre it established at the Federal Capital Territory Orientation Camp in other State Secretariats in order to further strengthen the ICT platform of the Scheme. The NYSC Director-General, Shu’aibu Ibrahim, who was at the NITDA Corporate Headquarters in Abuja, pleaded with NITDA to avail more State Secretariats with the opportunity given to the FCT Secretariat. General Ibrahim recalled that NITDA and NYSC have a long-standing relationship…

Dabiri-Erewa describes Young Nigerian Inventors as great patriots

Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission(NiDCOM) ,Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has described the duo of Nigerian-origin inventors, Messrs Stephen Osawaru and Anthony Osawere, as great patriots and good ambassadors of Nigeria. She gave the commendation in a statement by NiDCOM’s Head of Media and Public Relations, Abdur-Rahman Balogun in Abuja. The duo were among the 14 recipients, recognised by President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi of Egypt during the 2019 World Youth Forum held in Egypt for inventing a medical mobile app, 24/7 Medic, for Nigerians especially in rural areas. The NIDCOM boss stated that their contributions in improving…

Digital Economy: Dr Pantami Advocates Acquiring Digital Skills

The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami has said Certificates are important but certificates without skills are misleading, what is most important is to have certificates with skills. He said many developed nations were agitating to remove the column of educational certificates in curriculum vitae (CV), The Honourable Minister made this assertion today while making his remarks during a visit to Borno State Government House, Maiduguri, Borno State. The Minister in the company of the pioneer Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission…

Technology, Innovations Key To Nigeria’s Development  – Omo-Agege

Nigeria must accelerate advancements in technology and innovations in order to realize critical development goals in the Digital Age, Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has advocated. Presenting a paper titled ‘Technology, Innovation and National Development’ in Lagos on Sunday, Senator Omo-Agege emphasized that Nigeria can leapfrog into a great future through the adaptation of technology and utilization of innovations to boost institutional capacity, expand access to quality healthcare and boost productivity in agriculture along with other critical sectors. In the paper presented at the 2019 Luncheon organized…

FG Announces Measures To Strengthen NBC, Punish Hate Broadcasts

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has announced plans to take the necessary measures for the amendment of the Act establishing the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to align the regulator with the current realities in the broadcasting industry. The Minister made the announcement in Abuja on Tuesday when the received the report of the NBC Reforms Implementation Committee from the Chairman, Prof. Armstrong Idachaba. “Some 27 years into the life of the NBC, there is the need to re-evaluate the applicability of some of its laws. Following…