The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, Mr Musa Istifanus, says the ministry is to commission completed projects under the digital economy sector located across the country.
Mr Istifanus said the commissioning is in a bid to diversify Nigeria’s economy, ensure security and fight corruption through Information Communications Technology (ICT) and Telecommunications solutions.
He said the projects which will be commissioned virtually on 23rd July 2020 by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Pantami, include; Tertiary Institution Knowledge Centre, Enugu, the Nigeria Communications Satellite Northwest Regional Office, Kaduna, IT Hub Kaduna, Emergency Communications Centre, Kaduna, IT Community Centre, Katsina, and Information Technology Development Hub, Lagos.
It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had unveiled the National Digital Economy Policy initiated by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.
As part of key requirements of the e-government master plan, the President had directed government institutions, “to create a digital transformation technical working group that will work with the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy to ensure seamless and coordinated implementation of projects, programmes and policies”.
During the launch, the Minister had stated that the administration of President Buhari which is focused on economic diversification, ensuring security and fighting corruption, will leverage on deploying Information Communications Technology (ICT) in achieving the set agenda.
He also said that delivering a digital economic country prompted the president to recently change the portfolio of the Ministry of Communications to the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.
“We are working on development regulations, digital integration, building solid infrastructure, deployment of emerging technologies, as well as local content promotion and we want all hands on deck,” Pantami said.
The Plan is made up of 8 pillars, first of the pillars is Developmental Regulation, which he said is conceived as the regulation that promotes and supports development.
“This means online communications and transactions should focus on and encourage digital economy and ensure taxes and prices come down because when prices come down, demand goes up” and entrepreneurs make more profit by sheer increase in the volume of trade. “It is simple economics,” the Minister emphasised.
The Minister emphasised the importance of Digital Literacy and Skills which is the second mainstay of the digital economy policy while noting that a digital economy is unrealizable without skills.