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Minister of communications and digital economy, dr isa ali ibrahim pantami..

Pantami, Danbatta seek increased collaboration among ECOWAS states on ICT


The Nigerian government has called for an expanded local coordinated effort to advance the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) environment in West Africa. 


Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami and the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, settled on the decision at a two-day eighteenth yearly regular gathering (AGM) of the West Africa Telecommunications Regulators Assembly (WATRA), which started in Abuja on Wednesday. 


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Tending to WATRA agents, Pantami said the opportunity had arrived for African nations to think of imaginative plans to fast track the ICT biological system's improvement in the sub-district. 


As the most significant ICT market in West Africa and the most crowded country in the mainland, he said Nigeria had taken strategy and administrative activities to make ICT/telecoms a significant monetary development driver. 


Referring to a report by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the Minister said ICT/telecoms had become a significant supporter of the nation's Gross Domestic Product (GDP), far higher than what oil and gas, farming, development, and other vital areas add to the economy. 


Pantami recognised the part of NCC in leading the execution of basic ICT arrangements, like the Nigerian National Broadband Plan (NNBP) 2020-2025 and the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) for a Digital Nigeria (2020-2030). 


Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami


While recognising NCC's main job, as Nigeria's agent in WATRA, the Minister stressed Nigeria's status to impart thoughts to other parts conditions of WATRA and backing the Assembly's general objective altogether building up the ICT biological system in the sub-area. 


Substantiating the Minister, Danbatta focused on the requirement for all part states to "meet up and consider our to be as qualities because, toward the day's end, we as a whole need to have a protected and flourishing society without destitution and struggle." 



He said while the Nigerian government, as an individual from WATRA, imagines social orders with fundamental foundation and administrations that will guarantee flourishing for every one of its kin, ICT is vital to this vision "WATRA is the best stage to pool together our gigantic characteristic and Human Resources to accomplish outstanding ICT development which will, thus, drive our economies." 


Executive WATRA Exco, Charles Tontoma Milogo of Burkina Faso, praised NCC's influential position, particularly in preparing the Assembly base camp in Abuja. He added that this had guaranteed the smooth running of the everyday tasks of WATRA as the essential provincial ICT body. 


Additionally, Commissioner for Telecommunications and Information Technologies, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Dr Zouli Bonkoungou, said through the sort of coordinated effort exemplified by WATRA, ECOWAS individuals would have the option to energise the foundation of current legitimate and administrative constructions for media communications administration conveyance for driving financial advancement altogether states in the sub-district. 


In the meantime, ICT Ministers from Liberia, Cooper Kruah; Sierra Leone, Mamadi Gobeh-Kamara, Gambia; Ebrima Sillah, among different members at the yearly gathering, have complimented Nigeria for its noteworthy ICT advancement. They communicated status to imitate Nigeria's nearby imaginative arrangement execution and guidelines to make ICT/telecoms a significant monetary giver in their separate nations. 


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