Effective Communication Quest : Pantami Inaugurates Ministerial Inter-agency Committees On Completed Projects


By Angeline Ngbele, Correspondent Abuja

In a bold step aimed at eliminating real or perceived communication gaps between his ministry and its stakeholders, Nigeria’s  Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has inaugurated two inter-agency committees with the mandate to review, collate, commission and communicate in local languages Information and Communication Technology (ICT) projects implemented for Nigerians under President Muhammadu Buhari.

L-R: Dr. Abimbola Alale, Managing Director, NIGCOMSAT; Prof. Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman, NCC; Pantami and Kasifu Abdullah, Director General, NITDA during the inauguration of the Committees.

Information available to us from the Public Affairs Department of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says the two Ministerial committees namely Completed Projects Review Committee and Committee on Media Engagement in Local Languages, are chaired by the Executive Secretary, Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) Ayuba Shuaibu and Director, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Dr. Usman Gambo Abdullahi, respectively.

Membership of the committees are drawn from all the five agencies supervised by the Ministry including NCC, NITDA, Galaxy Backbone, NIGCOMSAT and NIPOST

Dr. Pantami stated that while the Ministry and the agencies had successfully completed a number of projects across the geo-political zones in the country, which had great benefits to Nigerians, the existence of these projects had not been sufficiently communicated to the public in our local languages.

According to Pantami, “there has not been so much awareness creation on the presence of these projects among Nigerians who are the ultimate beneficiaries.”

In concrete terms, the Minister said the responsibility of the Ministerial Committee on Completed Projects Review and Commissioning was to collate all the laudable  projects and then organise a virtual commissioning in order to bring them to the consciousness of Nigerians.

On the responsibility of the Ministerial Committee Media Engagement in Nigerian Languages, Pantami said the committee would work to ensure awareness creation about the projects, their locations and benefits to Nigerians using local languages such as Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba and Fulfude spoken in the zone where the projects were sited.

Prof. Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman, NCC speaking at the inauguration of the Ministerial Committee.

The Minister further tasked the committee members to work with a sense of synergy and purpose towards delivering the national assignments within the timelines set, adding that he and the heads of agency would provide necessary interventions and supports to the committees towards delivering on their terms of reference whenever needed.

Present at the inauguration were the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta; Director-General, NITDA, Kasifu Abdullah and Managing Director, NIGCOMSAT, Dr. Abimbola Alale.

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