The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Ms Amina J. Mohammed has commended the visionary leadership of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami in piloting the affairs of the Ministry which she describes as the lifeblood of all other sectors in Nigeria.
The UN Deputy Secretary-General also expressed satisfaction with the work the Ministry is doing under the leadership of the Minister in blazing the trail for ensuring the Digital Economy becomes a reality in Nigeria and as well as bridging the digital divide.
The UN Sec-Gen made this known on Monday while making her remarks during a courtesy visit to the Minister’s office in Abuja, Nigeria.
Ms Mohammed further advised the Nigerian Minister to embrace partnerships and collaborations in moving the Nation forward, highlighting that the Nigerian economy is very important to Africa.
On his part, the Minister appreciated the august visitor for the visit and commendations, stating that, it is a challenge and motivation to do more.
The Minister informed that on assumption in office after several official briefings, he realized the Ministry’s Mandate was obsolete, which necessitated his decision to write to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari to expand the Ministry’s Mandate to cover a Digital Economy.
Dr Pantami similarly expressed gratitude to Mr President for approving the Ministry’s request which expanded the Mandate of the Ministry to come up with developmental policies such as the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy for a Digital Nigeria, the National Broadband Plan 2020 – 2025, the National Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship Policy, among others.
Pantami maintained that the support of Mr President could be attributed to the unprecedented achievement recorded in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector. “According to data released by the NBS, the ICT sector recorded the highest growth rate of all the sectors of the Nigerian economy in both the fourth quarter of 2020 (Q4 2020) and the entire year 2020”, the Minister said.
The Nigerian Minister also expressed appreciation to the United Nations for the support it is rendering to Nigeria in the area of capacity development through the World bank.