By Angela Nkwocha
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, in a bid to boost the Nation’s Digital Economy has commissioned 11 completed projects deployed by the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC,National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, Nigerian Postal Services (NIPOST) and the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF), under the supervision of the Ministry, to virtually.
Speaking during the ceremony, the Minister said the commissioned projects were in line with the current administration’s mandate which focuses on economic development, security and anti-corruption.
“These projects have been designed to support the development of Nigeria’s Digital Economy for a Digital Nigeria, in line with the mandate of His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, to our Ministry. The projects also align with the 3 focus areas of the Federal Government, namely economic development, security and anti-corruption. Furthermore, the projects are part of the policies of the Ministry that the parastatals are to implement”.
The Minister while applauding the CEOs of all the Agencies under the ministry who have deployed the projects urged all the host communities of the projects to make the best use of the facilities for the benefit of the community.
“I also wish to commend the CEOs of all the parastatals who have deployed the projects that I have commissioned today for their commitment to their responsibilities. I am thankful to all our esteemed partners and stakeholders for participating in this launch to support our quest to build a Digital Nigeria”, he added.
Speaking at the occasion the Governor of Imo State and Chairman of the Occasion, Sen. Hope Uzodinma said with the aid of Emergency Communications Centre and the toll free line 112 and support from over 150 vehicles, the security operation in Imo is efficient. He commended the Minister and his parastatal for the laudable initiatives and urged them to sustain the tempo.
In his goodwill message, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alh. Lai Mohammed said with the advent of the pandemic, government has become cheaper and more efficient due to the deployment of technology.
The projects Commissioned include: Tertiary Institution Knowledge Center (TIKC) Delta State; New Neighborhood Post Office, Delta State; Remodeled National Mail Exchange Centre, Rivers State; e-Health/Data Sharing Center, ATBU Medical College, Bauchi, Bauchi State;
Virtual Examination Centre, University of Maiduguri, Borno State; Information Technology Innovation Centre, Kogi State University;
Information Technology Capacity Building Centre, Gumel, Jigawa State; Information Technology Capacity Building Centre, FUTO, Imo State
Emergency Communications Center (ECC) llorin, Kwara State; Emergency Communications Center (ECC) Calabar, Cross Rivers State; and School Knowledge Center (SKC), GDSS, and Hassan Central, Gombe State.
Present at the occasion were the Executive Governor of Imo State, His Excellency, Gov Hope Uzodinma and His counterpart from Gombe State His Excellency, Gov Inuwa Yahaya, Minister of Information and Culture, Alh Lai Mohammed, Minister of Interior, Rauph Aregbesola, Minister of State Mines and Steel Development, Dr Uchechukwu Samson Ogah, Minister of State for Power, Mr Goddy Jedy Agbah, Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajuiba, Heads of ICT Agencies among others.