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Pantami on World Telecoms and Information Society Day 2020; highlights benefits of digital economy

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Minister of Communications, Dr. Isa Pantami
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami
  • Connect 2030: ICTs for the Sustainable Development
  • We are leveraging on ICTs today to deliver on most of our activities both in governance and outside governance – Pantami

May 17 is set aside annually since 1969 as World Telecommunication and Information Society Day. It marks the anniversary of the signing of the first International telegraphic convention creating the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

The Day is observed in order to raise awareness on the possibilities in the use of the Internet and information and communication technologies in bringing the society and economies together to bridge the digital divide.

This year, under its five strategic goals – Growth, Inclusiveness, Sustainability, Innovation and Partnership – the United National believes that Connect 2030 will contribute to: Strengthening the role of ICTs to accelerate the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Now, the United Nations idea is that information in technology can be at beck and call; allowing billions of people around the world to connect, most especially at this time of COVID-19.

This is the time these connections with loved ones, schools and colleges, health care professionals and essential supplies are most important than ever.

The technology, from 5G to Big Data and Artificial Intelligence are powerful tools to take on the world’s most pressing challenges, including the pandemic.

The Nigerian government wants to hatch on the opportunities inherent in digital economy as the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, gives indicates that the Digital Economy is the future of the very new generation:

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Speaking more on the World Telecoms and Information Society Day through NTA network at 9pm today, the Dr. Pantami, said that even with the COVID-19 pandemic and the way the society is promoting social distancing, it is a clear indication that the world needs ICT for closer connections.

He said the Ministry is leveraging on ICTs to deliver on most of her activities both in governance and outside governance.

“Secondly, if you look at the policies of President Muhammadu Buhari, there is a clear indication that government’s focus is now on ICT.

“Thirdly, by bringing digital economy closer to the people through the development of the national digital economy policy and strategy for digital Nigeria.

“Fourthly, we have a new national broadband plan 2020-2025 in place. The urge to implement these policies is a clear indication that Nigeria now focuses more on ICT”.

Asked about how digital platforms could help people to stay safe (amidst COVID-19), the Minister said, “Certainly, the use of digital platforms brings information to the people about social distancing. Secondly, there could be security challenges, but we are tackling issues related to security ngCSIRT. Thus, we have been improving; trying to deploy up to date technology that will assist productivity in government and public sector.

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