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When Pantami, other August visitors gathered for digital innovation by Yushau Shuaib

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Editor’s note: In this article, PRNigeria’s Editor-in-Chief, Economic Confidential, Yushau Shuaib, writes about the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, who surprisingly appeared at a book presentation of a book on digital innovation in Abuja

on August 23.02.2021 entered at 9.30 am a man in a black suit opened our office and introduced himself as protocol officer in the Ministry of Communications and the Digital Economy. He announced that the minister, Prof. Isa Ali Pantami, would arrive by 11.00 am.

We had an invitation to a private book presentation in our conference room at the PRNigeria Center in Wuye. sent District, Abuja, to the minister and the authorities of the ministry.

Although we were aware that Monday mornings are usually hectic for chief executive officers, we had moderate expectations and hoped that our guests would at least send representatives.

When we were organizing the seating arrangements with the Protocol Commissioner, the Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa arrived followed by other CEOs of related semi-public companies in the Ministry of Communications.

They were Prof. Umar Danbatta – Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC); Prof. Muhammad Abubakar – Galaxy Backbone Limited; Dr. Abimbola Alale – Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT); Engr. Aliyu Aziz – National Identity Management Commission (NIMC); Dr. Ismail Adewusi – Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) and Mr. Ayuba Shuaibu – Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF)

Our premises have become a beehive of unusual activity. We were both amazed and elated by the early arrival of the minister – around a quarter to eleven. This is unusual for an official of his caliber in Nigeria.

Before that day, I last met Prof. Pantami in August 2020 when I was leading the editorial staff of Economic Confidential to one Interview in his office. This encounter motivated one of our employees, Inyene Ibanga, to develop a keen interest in reporting on information technology.

Ibanga did not start as a mass communication graduate with a master’s degree in public relations just filing reports on the sector, he wrote weekly articles on digital innovation, with a special focus on NITDA activities.

By July of this year, Ibanga, the editor of TechDigest, had developed a remarkable portfolio of published articles on the digital economy sector and related developments in artificial intelligence, robotics, blockchain technology, big data, the Internet of Things, cybersecurity, social media and others.

< p class = "align-left"> To recognize the lack of IT literature, the parent company of our publications, Image Merchants Promotion (IMPR), i he most creative PR agency in the world in 2020 (Statista) decided to include Ibanga’s articles in a book entitled ‘Digital Innovation for Prosperity in Nigeria’.

The book comprises eight chapters with 40 well-researched and articulated topics: “Enhancing Startups”; “Strengthening Innovative Solutions”; “Data Management for Productivity”; “Protection of Cyber ​​Security”; “Access to e-learning”, “Promoting digital inclusion”; “Transforming the Way of Doing Things” and “Advancing the Digital Economy”.

Analog topics and areas that are conveyed in the book include explanations of Smart City, Smart Campus, digital transformation, disruptive technologies, e-commerce, e-learning, e-tourism, fact checking, industrial internet of things, virtual reality, augmented reality, e-voting, etc.

We We were delighted when the book was being put together when the Minister agreed to write the foreword. And in his recommendation, the learned scholar and cybersecurity professor stated that the “book will help bring its readers the benefits of digital innovation and the digital economy.”

< p class = "align-left"> As already mentioned, the program started with the arrival of the minister with a welcome by the chairman of the IMPR board, Dr. Sule Yau Sule, who welcomed the rapid development of the digital economy in Nigeria, with information and communication technology (ICT) as the fastest growing sector of the economy.

DG Inuwa who participated in Honored on this occasion for two years in the saddle, it was enthusiastic that the well-thought-out guidelines, initiatives and the promotion of digital innovation as designed by the minister are producing very positive results.

When I was looking through the book, I informed our August visitors that the compendium was investigating ways in which Nigeria is using IT for s. solutions to economic challenges are not left behind. The book also examines the role of regulators, particularly the NITDA, in promoting IT through the development of frameworks, standards, guidelines, regulations and guidelines.

As a Special Guest of Honor, Prof. Pantami praised IMPR for the constructive commitment and the coverage of various sectors.

He said:

“The publications of IMPR, especially PRNigeria, Economic Confidential and TechDigest, have proven the quality of evidence-based journalism. ”In the book, the minister pointed out that the author highlighted Ibanga as digital innovation as part of the most important Ministry of Communications initiatives by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The minister urged Nigerians to develop the reading habit. He said readers lead the way, adding that global numbers are people who spend valuable time reading.

On behalf of other CEOs, Prof. Danbatta praised the author and the Editor of the Compendium on ICT in Nigeria, with particular reference to the major milestones NITDA has achieved.

Yusuf Alli, an IMPR director, praised the synergy between the leaders of the agencies and praised Pr von Pantami for his leadership. The award-winning investigative editor advised other ministries and agencies to learn from their humility, brilliance, intellect and high sense of responsibility.