The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami said that each states of the federation has at least 3 ongoing projects which is scattered all over the country capturing every geo-political zone in the country.
Pantami said this on Tuesday at the commissioning of 12 Projects as well flagged off Digital Capacity Development Programme which was in line with the Drive for a Digital Economy,
‘‘There is no state without at least three projects with maintenance and sustainable plans already in place, Pantami said,
He also said that the project commissioning was aimed at bringing to the knowledge of Nigerians the existence of such projects in their localities and part of the measures put together by the administration to render account of its resources management.
According to him, the digital commissioning has proven to be the positive part of the COVID-19 pandemic as multiple projects were commissioned simultaneously at different locations in the country.
“After the 12th Virtual FEC meeting, President Buhari has directed we organize a NEC meeting virtually. It is our challenge that significant percentage of our citizens are provided with digital skills, Pantami reiterated.
Also on the significance of the commissioned projects, the Minister said by automating transactions and other services, a significant percentage of corruption is eliminated in alignment t with the Digital Nigeria agenda.
On his part, the Chairman of the Event – Jigawa State Governor, Mohammadu Abubakar used the occasion to absorbed President Mohammadu Buhari for the hardship in the country especially on the high cost of food items and other goods in the market.
He said the administration has not only delivered on its campaign promises but has also achieved so much through the various ministries and their parastatals despite the drop in the revenue generation and the advent of COVID-19 pandemic.
He insisted the President Buhari had done better than his predecessors in the last five years of his administration with half of resources available to the previous regime during the oil boom.
The 12 projects commissioned are: E-Library Federal College of Education Technical, Bichi Kano state, ICT innovation Hub Oyo state, E-Accessible Center Government School for the Deaf Malumfashi Katsina State, Virtual Examination Center College of Education (Technical) Enugu State, Digital Capacity Training Center, Elkanemi College of Islamic Theology Yola State, School Knowledge Center, SKC, AUD High School Ekiti State, Emergency Communication Center, ECC, Kano state.
Others include Digital Capacity Development Program for Artisans in Suleja Niger State, LAUTECH Oyo State, FCE Okene Kogi state, NIIT Owerri Imo state, Benchills School Warri Delta state.
It would be recall that on 11 August, the Federal Government Commissioned 11 projects to aid digital Economy.
Dignitaries at the commissioning include Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment, Chief Adeniyi Adebayo; Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika; Minister of State for Work & Housing, Engr. Abubakar D.Aliyu; Executive vice chairman of NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta; Director General of NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi; Managing Director, NIGCOMSAT, Mrs. Abimbola Alale ; Managing Director of Galaxy Backbone, Professor Muhammed Abubakar; Executive Secretary, Universal Service Provision Fund, Prof. Ayuba Shaibu, ATCON President, Olusola Teniola and Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy represented by the Director of Finance, Mr. Tasie Lekwauwa.