Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami.

The Federal Government through the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy has commissioned batch nine of seven digital Economy Projects.

The government has also approved a national policy on virtual engagement.

The seven projects commissioned at the weekend by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami include the Community ICT Centre, Dutse, Jigawa State, North West, Digital Economy Centre, Imo State Polytechnic, South East, IT Hub Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, for the North East, Digital Economy Centre, Government Secondary School, Garki, Abuja, North Central, Digital Economy Centre, Ojodu Grammar School, Ojodu, Lagos State, South West, Emergency Communication Centre, Enugu, Enugu State, South East and the Emergency Communication Centre, Abeokuta, Ogun State, South West.

According to statement by the Head, Press & Public Relations, Phil Abiamuwe-Mowete (Oshodin), the Minister who commissioned the projects at the Ultra- Modern Conference Centre of the National Communications Commission’s NCC building in Abuja on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari, said the projects which cut across several geopolitical zones were executed by the parastatals as part of the implementation of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy for a Digital Nigeria.

This is in line with the Economic Development Road Map of Nigeria and the present administration’s focal points of Economic development, Security and the eradication of corruption.

According to him, the ICT Parks and Digital Economy are more inclined to economy development, fighting corruption and building the capacity of citizens, especially the youths while also encouraging them to migrate from manual traditional activities to online activities.

He also disclosed that the Federal Government has approved the National Policy on virtual engagement which has recently been institutionalised, particularly in government circles. It was gathered that through virtual activities, lots of government’s resources are being saved and other hazards associated with physical travels are being reduced.

The Minister hinted that President Buhari is planning to have Emergency Communication Centres in every state of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory FCT, Abuja to effectively cater for emergency needs as occasion demands.

The Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy Agencies’ Directors-General, Postmaster General of the Federation and the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, among others were present at the virtual commissioning ceremony and delivered their goodwill messages respectively.

The Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Engr.Festus Daudu, while giving the vote of thanks remarked that the commissioned projects are in line with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy of the present administration; noting that government’s intention of spreading these projects across the country is to avail the youths the opportunity of having direct access to the centres as well as improving themselves in ICT.

He further said the ICT Centres will support voluntary and community-based organisations with their technology needs and avail the general public the opportunities of using the computer for their ICT benefits and research works; which will make the productively and meaningfully engaged.