The Honourable Minister of Communications, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) has reiterated that the Ministry has the mandate to coordinate Information Communication Technology activities in Nigeria.
He stated this during his meeting with the Deputy Managing Director, Head of Public Sector, Huawei Technologies Company Nigeria Limited, Mr. Michael Zhauang at the Ministry’s Headquarters in Abuja.
The Minister on behalf of the Federal Government commended the Huawei Technologies on their Community Social Responsibilities (CSR) in ICT capacity building, noting that the Ministry has been mandated to coordinate ICT activities in the country, give direction and ensure that agencies under the supervision of the Ministry actively participate in the process.
Pantami assured Huawei Technologies that the Ministry doors are open and that it would be on the same page with them on issues relating to ICT development in Nigeria. He, therefore, urged them to continue the collaboration with the Ministry and to increase their Community Social Responsibilities (CSR).
Earlier, the Deputy Managing Director, Head of Public Sector, Huawei Technologies Company Nigeria Limited, Mr. Michael Zhauang congratulated the Minister and also reiterated the assurance that Huawei Technologies would collaborate further with the Ministry in ICT infrastructure deployment, calibration, and training. According to him, “we look forward to more opportunities and cooperation in ICT and we are willing to explore more areas as well as continue with our CSR activities in the country”.
In a related development, the Minister of Communications, Dr. Ibrahim (Pantami) while receiving the British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ms. Harriet Thompson stated that by the end of 2022, the Ministry planned to achieve a lot in the area of E-Government, particularly in the Federal institutions in line with the E-Government Master Plan. “I have been encouraging my colleagues to make them understand that it is not about blueprint or strategy development, it is most importantly about implementation. I do not have the passion of coming up with crazy ideas that would be documented theoretically and within a short time begin to review it without substantial implementation. Hence, I have instructed the Director, E-Government to make sure he reviews the document every day and ensure that we play our roles effectively”.
He also stated that agencies under the supervision of the Ministry have been directed to play their roles and ensure that much is achieved in the area of E-Government implementation. He stressed that we cannot afford to fail and betray Mr. President’s directive in the ICT sector.
Pantami revealed that the Ministry would be having a retreat soon. “At that gathering, we would set our priorities right based on the directive government has given us. We would also look at the plan the British High Commissioner has proposed and we would get back to her on where the British Commission could key in to support us (the Ministry) in delivering our mandate”.
In her remarks, the British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ms. Harriet Thompson said that Britain is willing to support Nigeria to achieve its potentials in creating jobs, attracting investment and ICT development in the country.
She informed the Minister of the forthcoming Africa Investment Summit in London, United Kingdom and wants Nigeria to be part of the summit to showcase its potentials noting that the cooperation between British and Nigeria Private Sector is very strong.
According to Ms. Thompson, “This is a milestone on our part towards achieving our ambition of becoming number one G7 investor in the Africa continent”.