Pantami Wins Top Performing Digital Minister Award

In recognition of his performance in the Federal Government’s Digital Transformation and National Identity Program, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), was awarded by the State Government of Abia as “the most successful digital minister of the year”. 2022”.

The award, which was received on behalf of the Minister by the Director of Research and Development of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Dr. Agu Collins Agu, is intended to commend him for the good work he has done in the ministry especially in the development of Nigeria. the digital economy by promoting the use of digital platforms.

The event is part of the activities marking the International Identity Day 2022, organized by the Government of Abia State through the Office of Special Assistant on Ecosystem of the National Management Commission of identity and related matters, Princess Glad Chidinma-Apugo Osoagbaka.

Professor Pantami commended the Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Victor Ikpeazu for the development of IT infrastructure in the State and the priority given to the private sector to integrate information and communication technologies. communication (ICT) in the activities of the different sectors. of Abia’s economy.

He said, “I accept this award and express my sincere gratitude to the government and people of Abia State and my fellow Nigerians for this recognition. It is also a great pleasure to receive this award on the day the world commemorates International Identity Day.

“I congratulate the team that organized this event. Abia State, Aba in particular, has a reputation as a thriving commercial and industrial center for different types of goods and services, and digital identity can greatly enhance trade and industrialization,” a- he added.

The Minister recalled that the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals include the ambitious goal that all people can obtain a legal identity by 2030 (SDG 16.9), adding that according to a May 2022 UNDP report, there is still a huge identity gap. with almost a billion people unable to prove who they are.

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that the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa has rightly noted that “digital identity and the digital economy are not only linked, but also reinforce each other, as digital identification is the basis of the digital economy. Digital ID can be an important catalyst for various development initiatives on the continent, impacting trade, governance, social protection, financial inclusion, domestic resource mobilization, as well as security and rights. of man.

Prof Pantami said digital identity is the fabric of the digital economy and by expanding the digital identity database, Nigeria has positioned itself to reap the benefits of embracing the economy. digital in a sustainable way.

According to him, Nigeria has seen a significant increase in enrollment from 41 million in August 2020, when the NIMC was placed under the ministry, to around 89 million in August 2022, or 48 million enrolment. over 24 months, a remarkable achievement in National Identification Number (NIN) issuance.

He said: “I had the privilege of speaking at the World Economic Forum (WEF) 2022, alongside WEF Chairman Kalus Schwab, and a recurring theme across the various sessions was the importance of economics. digital in all aspects of our lives. This awareness has become more evident following the COVID-19 pandemic. Along the same lines, as Chair of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) 2022, I am leading efforts to promote the importance of the digital economy in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals United Nations.

“The digital economy has also proven to be a real platform for job creation. For example, in 2017 alone, the digital economy contributed 5.1 million jobs to the US economy. An official report in China also noted that the digital economy created 191 million jobs in the country in 2018, about 25% of the total employment generated that year,” he said.

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