African ICT Foundation (AfICTA) says appointment of Dr Isa Pantami as Minister of Communication will improve patronage of local content hardware and software.
President of the foundation, Mr Tony Ojobo who signed the statement said, with Pantami’s wealth of experiences, there would be increase in the patronage of made in Nigeria Information Technology (IT) hardware and software.
Ojobo recalled that Pantami, as Director-General of Nigeria Information Technology Developmental Agency (NITDA), vigorously pursued local Content Policy.
According to him, Pantami as NITDA DG, had a formidable track records at the agency which prompted unwavering commitment to local content.
“Pantami, enhanced the purchase of indigenous brand of ICT devices by over 60 per cent within the last three years, local hosting of data doubled in value while local software consumption significantly increased.
“The cumulative effect of these efforts is that ICT contribution to GDP reached an unprecedented mark of 13.63 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2018, ” he said.
Ojobo commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing a core ICT professional to manage the communications ministry noting that the industry would leapfrog into a new beginning as the new minister assumed office.
While expressing the commitment of AfICTA to the growth of the industry through its advocacy role, Ojobo said the leadership acumen of Pantami at NITDA had been able to restore confidence in indigenous technology development.
He recalled that Pantami issued several policies, guidelines, and frameworks to help stimulate broadband penetration in the country such as the Framework and Guidelines for Public Internet Access.
He said, Guidelines for Clearance of IT Projects by Public Institutions, NITDA Public Key Infrastructure Regulations, Framework on Data Localization and Local Content Policy, were also introduced by Pantami.
Ojobo said replicating such feat in his new office as Minister of Communications would hasten the development of the sector.
He also recalled that Pantami as NITDA boss, over 660 IT intervention centres, Digital Divide Bridging Centres, Digital Job Creation Centres were established nationwide,.
Ojobo said that Campus Area Networks for educational institutions, e-Learning Centres for educational institutions, Virtual/Digital Library Centres and IT hubs were also established.
He assured that with stakeholders support, building a broadband ecosystem that will help to improve services and broadband penetration significantly in the country was sure.
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