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ICT sector rolls out five projects to drive digital economy

…As Pantami unveils Kaduna ECC

Pantami said the projects were all connected to the country’s digital economy drive, as contained in the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) unveiled by the President in November last year

By Temmy Don

The Information and Communications Technology, ICT sector has stunned the entire country again by rolling out five projects aimed at boosting the digital economy drive in the country.
The projects were headlined by the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC’s, Emergency Communications Centre, ECC built in Kaduna to enhance security in the area.
They were lined up for a proud minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Ibrahim Pantami to commission.
Besides the Kadunna ECC, other projects include the Tertiary Institution Knowledge Centre (TIKC) in Enugu State Polytechnic, Iwollo executed by the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) of NCC. Three other projects by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), IT Community Centre in Katsina and IT Hub each in Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria Main Campus, Kaduna and University of Lagos, were also commissioned.
Kaduna Emergency Communication Centre (ECC) makes it possible for people of Kaduna and environs to dial 112 Emergency Number to get help during emergencies from appropriate emergency response agencies. It is aimed at supporting the Federal Government’s agenda of enhancing security of lives and property in the country.

From Left: Prof. Umar Danbatta, EVC NCC; Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy; Babagana Zulum, Governor of Borno State and Chairman of the occasion; Zainab Shamsuna, Hon. Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning; Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Works and Housing and Abimbola Alale, Managing Director, NIGCOMSAT during the event.

NCC had built ECC in each of the 36 states of the federation and the FCT. Nineteen of the ECC have been activated while efforts are ongoing to extend it to other states.
The sixth project commissioned was the opening of Nigeria Communication Satellite (NIGCOMSAT)’s Northwest Regional Office in Kaduna.
Speaking during the virtual commissioning of the projects, which took place at the NCC’s Communications and Digital Economy Complex, Mbora District, Abuja on Thursday, Pantami said the projects were all connected to the country’s digital economy drive, as contained in the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) unveiled by the President in November last year. All heads of agencies under the ministry, attended the virtual launch.
Pantami, while unveiling the projects, said: “These projects are connected to some of the pillars of the NDEPS, especially with respect to developmental regulation, digital literacy and skills, solid infrastructure, among others”.
He promised that he would continue to work with other ministries, departments and parastatals of government to address teething challenges facing ICT infrastructure deployment in the country.
Also, Governor of Borno State and Chairman of the occasion, Babagana Zulum; as well as Hon. Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Shamsuna and her counterpart in the Ministry of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola who were guests of honour commended the ministry and its agencies for expanding the footprint of digital economy across the country.
Meanwhile, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, and other heads of agencies under the Ministry, also commended the Minister for promoting synergy among the agencies under his supervision.
According to Danbatta, “the projects will help in leading the country into a truly- digital economy.”
He restated the Commission’s commitment to ensure a robust broadband infrastructure in the country, to support government’s initiatives aimed at accelerating implementation of National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy.

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