Just In: Microsoft partners FG on digital transformation of economy

Microsoft and Nigerian Government have announced a partnership aimed at accelerating the nation’s move to becoming a digital economy. This is sequel to talks between both parties. Microsoft has identified three key pillars that will help to build strong foundations for a digital economy in Nigeria. The three key pillars includes; connectivity, skilling and digital transformation. Microsoft, after discussions with the Federal Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy and local partners, has picked six regions in the country for the development of high-speed internet infrastructure. Microsoft’s Airband team will work…

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Pantami: “Count us out”, Northern governors declare

The Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) has said that it has no intention of joining in the Isa Pantami saga, just as it claims a shadowy group is planning to engage in a smear campaign against the NSGF as well as its chairman, governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong.  Lalong, in a statement issued by his Director of Press and Public Affairs Dr. Makut Simon Macham, revealed that the group had concluded plans to carry out the act by printing and circulating posters to the effect that the Northern States…

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“We stand by Pantami”, says Presidency

…As CAN debunks minister’sassociation to ex-Kaduna Gov. Yakowa’s death The Presidency has defended the embattled Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, over his past comments in support of terrorist groups like the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, made the Presidency’s position know in a statement titled: ‘Statement by the Presidency on the recent campaign against the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy”. The Presidency aligned itself with the submission of the embattled minister, that he was…

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51m Nigerians have enrolled for NIN – Pantami

..Says those without NIN risk 14 years’ imprisonment  The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Ali Isa Pantami, has stated that 51 million Nigerians have registered for their National Identification Numbers (NIN). This figure was announced by the minister at a State House press briefing yesterday. This figure, he said, was as of March 31, 2021. According to the minister, there are 189 million registered Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards in the country. Of this figure, he said 150 million have completed registration while the remainder has problems of…

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51 million Nigerians have enrolled for NIN – Pantami

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Ali Isa Pantami, has stated that 51 million Nigerians have registered for their National Identification Numbers (NIN). This figure was announced by the minister at a State House press briefing on Thursday. This figure, he said, was as of March 31, 2021. According to the minister, there are 189 million registered Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards in the country. Of this figure, he said 150 million have completed registration while the remainder has problems of improper registration. He explained that NIN will…

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NIN enrollment: Minister orders suspension of NIMC staff over extortion at centres

The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, has ordered the suspension of staff fingered in extortion of applicants during National Identification Number (NIN) enrolment at some National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) centres in the country. The NIMC Spokesman, Kayode Adegoke, who disclosed this in a statement yesterday, said the affected staff were at the NIN enrollment centres in Bauchi and Kaduna States He said the directive followed complaints by members of the public that some NIMC workers were capitalising on the rush for NIN to extort the…

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SIM registration: FG extends deadline for NIN update

Ø  As SERAP asks Buhari to stop registration The Federal Government has extended the deadline for the provision of National Identification Number, (NIN), by telecommunication service subscribers. This was contained in a statement on Monday by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy. The statement, titled: ‘Extension of Registration Period and Cancellation of USSD and Verification Fees’, was jointly signed by the Executive Vice-Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, Umar Danbatta and the Director-General, National Identity Management Commission,(NIMC), Aliyu Aziz. The statement further stated that the NIMC has provided strategies to…

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FG orders removal of N20 NIN retrieval charge across all networks

The Federal Government has directed the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to remove the N20 USSD fee on subscribers willing to check their National Identity Numbers (NIN) status through their mobile phones. This was revealed by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami in a statement issued yesterday morning. The Ministry of Communications said the order takes effect immediately, and “is an intervention aimed at making the process easier and affordable”. Dr. Pantami disclosed that the relevant authorities had…

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‘No inappropriately registered SIM on networks’ – Pantami

The Minister of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has dismissed the claim that the Senate summoned him concerning the role of communication devices in national security.  The Minister, in a statement made available to media, said the claim was baseless, noting that there was no improperly registered Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) on networks after 9.2 million SIMs were blocked in September 2019 based on the report submitted by the regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission, (NCC) on the 26th of September 2019. While…

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