By Atinuke Tokura Nukay/TnTv Network
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Pantami on Monday commissioned Phase 3 of the official completed projects under the Ministry at the National Information Technology Development Agency’s Corporate Headquarters in Abuja. This according to Dr Pantami is in line with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy for a Digital Nigeria.
Speaking about the Projects, namely; Digital Conference Center for remote collaboration; Integrated Computer Emergency Response and Readiness Centre; and Digital Studio for Virtual learning. The Minister noted that the Computer Emergency Response (CER) and Readiness Centre (RC) was in alignment with the key priority area of His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari administration aimed at enhancing the security of the Nation. While adding that the reason behind changing the agency’s logo is that the world’s Information Technology has changed from ICT to digital economy, hence the current logo encompasses the change.
“Today there are many challenges with regards to security based on what is happening online. With CERRC teams we will be able to be the watchdog of the federal government, monitor potential cybercriminals attacks on our country, come up with policies and strategies to prevent our country from the attacks or at least reduce it to the barest minimum,” The Minister stated.
Earlier, the Director General of NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa lauded the Minister’s effort made in fulfilling his promise to digitalise the Agency ‘Smart NITDA’ on his assumption of office adding that these initiatives are in consistent with President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign promises to improve security, diversify economy, and strengthen the fight against corruption.
‘‘Honourable Minister Sir, I will never forget the first time I visited you in this office, in October 2016, the first week you resumed work as the DG NITDA after your appointment by President, Muhammadu Buhari on 26th September 2016. You said to me, Kashif, this office looks like local government secretariat I will remodel it and transform it into a better working place. You started the transformation immediately with the remodelling of reception, conference room, and DG’s office. In 2018, you approved the design of this picturesque structure. And in 2019, you awarded the contract for the new block we call block C and the remodelling of the entire building just before your elevation to HM of the federation. Luckily for us, you were assigned to supervise our ministry. Your appointment as our supervisory minister gives us courage and energy to accelerate the execution and completion of the project within a year.
And also to commission our new digital center, which houses integrated computer emergency response and readiness center to enhance our national cybersecurity, digital multimedia studio for online digital skills and literacy capacity building, and digital conference room for remote collaboration. All these initiatives are in consistent with President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign promises to improve security, diversify economy, and strengthen the fight against corruption.’’ Kashifu Stated.
Hon. Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim(Pantami), FNCS, FBCS, FIIM; Director General, NITDA, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi CCIE; MD, Galaxy Backbone Limited, Prof. M. B Abubakar; MD, NIGCOMSAT, Dr Abimbola Alale; EVC, NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta; Ag. ES, USPF, Mr Ayuba Shu’aibu; Chairman, NITDA Governing Board, Dr Abubakar Sa’idu and other dignitaries at the rebranding and commissioning of projects held at National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Corporate Headquarters, Abuja.
Highpoint of the event was the unveiling of NITDA’s new Logo, Core Values, Vision and Mission Statement;
The Event was attended by several Heads of Agencies under the Ministry including; the Executive Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Chairman, Governing Board of NITDA, Dr. Abubakar Sa’idu, Managing Director, Galaxy Backbone Limited, Prof. M.B Abubakar, Managing Director, NIGCOMSAT, Dr. Abimbola Alale and Chairman of the Ministerial Committee on Project Commissioning, Ag. Executive Secretary, USPF, Mr Ayuba Shu’aibu among others.