Pantami tasks NITDA to reinforce IT projects clearance in public sector

Pantami tasks NITDA to reinforce IT projects clearance in public sector

Pantami tasks NITDA to reinforce IT projects clearance in public sector     The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami has tasked the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) to reinforce clearance of Information Technology (IT) projects in the public sector. Pantami made the call during the 20th anniversary lecture and unveiling of NITDA Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan (SRAP 2021-2024) on Thursday in Abuja. He said that increased surveillance on IT projects of Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) would go a long way in saving costs for the…

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Pantami engages CBN, NCC over USSD dispute between MTN, Nigerian banks

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Pantami engages CBN, NCC over USSD dispute between MTN, Nigerian banks     Isa Pantami, the Nigerian Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, said he had the Nigerian bank and telecoms regulators over an ongoing dispute between MTN Nigeria and deposit money banks in the countries. As earlier recorded by Business Metrics, the dispute bothers on percentage commission due Value Added Service (VAS) aggregators for Unstructured supplementary service data (USSD) transaction conducted on MTN’s network. In a tweet on his official Twitter handle, the minister stated that “On the fallout…

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Nigerians without NIN risk imprisonment – Pantami

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Nigerians without NIN risk imprisonment – Pantami   Nigerians who fail to enroll for the National Identity Number (NIN) risk imprisonment, the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, has said. Pantami reportedly made the comment at the sixth edition of the ministerial briefing organised by the Presidential media team at the State House in Abuja. He explained that the decision to imprison those without a NIN was in line with the Nigerian Constitution, saying no one should enjoy government services without the number. Pantami made the emphasis…

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Pantami lists 11 progress areas on 70% broadband target

70% broadband target

Pantami lists 11 progress areas on 70% broadband target     As the target to achieve at least 70 per cent broadband penetration in Nigeria remains a priority to stakeholders in the country, Isa Pantami, the minister of communications and digital economy has reveased 11 areas of progress recorded so far. The Minister made the revelation while delivering his keynote address at the Virtual Structured Engagement with Key Stakeholders in the Nigerian Telecom & ICT Sector on the New National Broadband Plan 2020 – 2025 held on Thursday by the…

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ATCON expresses worries over N15trn telecoms infrastructure gap

N15trn telecoms infrastructure gap

ATCON expresses worries over N15trn telecoms infrastructure gap   Concerned by the funding gap of required telecoms infrastructure in Nigeria, the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) has asked the Nigerian government for further support to bridge the gap. It has been estimated that the Nigerian telecoms and Information Communication Technology sector is faced with N15 trillion infrastructure deficit. Ikechukwu Nnamani, the ATCON president made the request on Thursday as he led the National Executive Council (NEC) of the advocacy body on a familiarization visit to the Communications and…

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METRICS: Nigeria loses 1.65m broadband connections in 30 days

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METRICS: Nigeria loses 1.65m broadband connections in 30 days   As penetration reverses to 45.07% Operators connect 13.88m to high speed internet in 11 months Total internet subscriptions hit 154.88m   One of the major metrics used to measure how well the telecoms sector is fearing in Nigeria is the movement in subscriber bases of voice, internet and broadband or high speed internet in the country. Findings through the latest industry statistics released by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has  shown a slight decline in the figures as at November,…

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Minister to Nigerians: Link NIN to SIM card within 2 weeks or be blocked

Pantami tasks NITDA to reinforce IT projects clearance in public sector

The Nigerian Government has given mobile telephone subscribers two weeks, starting from today, December 16, 2020 to link their National Identity Number (NIN) with their mobile phone number or risk having their numbers blocked by their network providers. The Nigerian Communications Commission, (NCC) in a statement issued on Tuesday explained that the notice was in line with an earlier directive on the suspension of new SIM registration by network operators, by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, which was followed with a meeting of key stakeholders in…

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FG orders MNOs to suspend SIM sale, registration, activation

SIM infractions

As NCC begins another audit of Subscriber Registration Database Federal Government of Nigeria, through the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has ordered suspension of sales , registration and activation of subscriber identification module (SIM) cards in the country. This is in line with the government’s desire to consolidate the achievement of the SIM card registration exercise of September, 2019. Thus, Minister Pantami has directed the telecoms industry regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), to embark on another audit of the Subscriber Registration Database again. A statement signed…

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ATCON President, Nnamani commiserates with Pantami over loss of daughter

Ikechukwu Nnamani, president of Association of Telecommunications Company of Nigeria (ATCON) has sent his condolences to Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital on the death of his Daughter. In a message, Nnamani said: “We write to commiserate with our Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy on the early demise of his daughter, Aisha Amal Isa Ali Pantami who died yesterday at the age of 13. “This is shocking and painful to hear. In all things we respect the will of the Almighty. Our sincere…

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Minister inaugurates more digital economy projects by NCC, USPF, NITDA

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Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has commissioned more projects executed by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) towards advancing the digital economy vision of the government. The projects include the NCC’s Emergency Communications Centre ((ECC), Ado –Ekiti; the Digital Awareness Programme (DAP) for Secondary Schools, whose beneficiaries are Methodist Girls’ High School, Yaba, Lagos State and Bishop Okoye Girls’ Secondary School, Ukpor, Anambra State; as well as the School Knowledge Center (SKC) at Ijaloke Grammar School, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, executed by…

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