Thursday, December 30, 2021

2021: Buhari leverages ICT to keep Nigeria 'safe, prosperous' - ITREALMS

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has outlined some 100 achievements of Nigerian President, General Muhammadu Buhari retired, asserting he will bequeath to the country, a legacy of a safe, secure and prosperous nation,  reports ITREALMS.

This is coming as they are leveraging the immense opportunities offered by the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector.



Speaking in Lagos on Thursday, at a media parley to showcase the achievements of the Buhari administration during the outgoing year, the Minister said they made tremendous progress in 2021 in fighting insecurity, growing the economy and reforming the oil sector to attract more investments.

He also said the administration is taking advantage of the huge opportunities offered by the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector and listed some of leverages to include the successful bidding process to select the companies that will
provide 5G network service.

Equally he said the National Digital Economy Policy for a Digital Nigeria reflects the focus of the Federal Government with respect to Nigeria’s Digital Economy which was hinged on 8 strategic pillars.

"As part of the efforts aimed at implementing the Policy, some of the projects implemented nationwide comprised of
(I) ICT Innovation Hubs
(II) Digital Skills for Entrepreneurs and Innovators
(III) Community IT Training Centers
(IV) Tertiary Institution Knowledge Centers (TIKC)
(V) School Knowledge Centers (SKC), Digital Economy Centers, and Emergency Communication Centers (ECC), to mention but a few. Over 300 of these centers have been established all over the Country."

Further, he said, the issues of National Identification Number and that of unregistered/improperly-registered SIM cards have been addressed.

"This has led to significant increase in the National Identification Number (NIN)
Enrolments and Enrolment Centers," he asserted maintaining the current number of monthly
enrollments has increased significantly.

According to him, Buhari Administration in 2021 alone made some 100 achievements of the that success stressing these are not measured by the number of challenges faced but by how challenges are being tackled.

“This is what the administration has demonstrated by tackling insecurity headlong while also growing and diversifying the economy,’’ he said.

Appreciating Nigerians for their support and perseverance, he enjoined citizenry not to relent in supporting the security forces, whom he said were making sacrifices to keep the country safe.

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