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National policy on virtual meetings draft document ready, says Dr. Pantami

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Pantami speaking on Draft Policy for Virtual Meetings in Civil Service

In line with its mandate to promote a Digital Economy, the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy in collaboration with the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, has developed a Draft Policy Document on Virtual Meetings and Engagements in the Federal Civil Service.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) disclosed this today, Tuesday, 4th August 2020, while delivering his address as the Guest Lecturer at the Course 82 graduation ceremony, National Defence College Abuja.

He emphasized that the COVID-19 Pandemic has forced us to adopt the use of technology in governance and this has necessitated the need to promote e-governance in an orderly manner.

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Pantami (r) receiving award as the Guest Lecturer at the Course 82 graduation ceremony, National Defence College Abuja on August 04, 2020

Dr Pantami remarked that the draft document is ready to be presented at the Federal Executive Council in the coming weeks.

As enshrined in the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy Document, the Minister said the new Policy will promote the pillars of Service Infrastructure and Digital Services Development and Promotion represented as Pillars 4 and 5.

On the issue of security, according to a statement by the Spokesperson to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Uwa Suleiman, Pantami noted that the real warfare is now fought in the cyberspace as cybercriminals operate at a speed far ahead of the speed of law, and therefore “we must take very deliberate steps to ensure that our cyberspace is significantly secured”

Dr Pantami who further advocated the preference of skills over qualifications, remarked that global business and tech giants have since adopted the strategy, as individuals with proven skills remain more valuable than those with mere qualifications.