President Muhammadu Buhari's directive to security chiefs to arrest or neutralize all terrorists responsible for the Monday night terror attack on the Kaduna-bound train during the week under review has begun to bear fruit.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the Nigerian leader gave the directive on March 29 when he summoned security chiefs to the Presidential Villa, following the attack on the wrecked train.
It was reliably gathered that no fewer than 86 of the bandits were reported to have killed the team of police and soldiers in various bandit-infected enclaves in Kaduna, Zamfara and Niger states after the Abuja-Kaduna train attack on Monday.
The president met behind closed doors with security chiefs just hours after the terrorist attacks on Monday night.
reports that the Chief of the Army General Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Faruk Yahaya had visited the site of the attack on Tuesday before meeting with the president, where he ordered troops to intensify search and rescue operations as well as hunt down terrorists.
In the meeting with security chiefs, the president ordered the immediate conclusion of all processes for the implementation of the integrated security surveillance and monitoring solution for the Abuja-Kaduna railway line.
Buhari also directed the management of the Nigerian Railway Corporation to quickly repair the damaged lines and resume normal service without delay, while the integrated security surveillance and monitoring solution should also be extended to the Lagos to Ibadan railway line.
reports that the Kaduna-bound train, which left Abuja at 6 p.m. on Monday, was attacked at around 7:45 p.m., with only 15 minutes of travel to go before reaching Kaduna.
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) in Abuja on Wednesday observed a minute of silence in honor of the victims of the Abuja-Kaduna train attack.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had on Tuesday visited hospitals in Kaduna where injured victims are being treated.
Also on March 29, President Buhari declared open the second National Tax Dialogue Week, with the theme; “Fiscal harmonization for greater income generation”.
He expressed the commitment of his administration to guarantee an efficient tax administration to improve tax collection in the country.
The president also expressed his concern about the current tax system in the country, which was characterized by multiple and sometimes overlapping taxes.
President Buhari on Wednesday chaired the virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) where the Council approved N1.06 billion for the supply of eye-scanning lie detectors and digital night vision goggles for the National Drug Enforcement Agency ( NDLEA).
The Council also approved N29.2 billion for the completion and rehabilitation of road projects in some parts of the country.
The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, who revealed this to the correspondents of the House of Representatives, said that N9.4 billion of the amount is an increase for the Zaria-Funtua highway linking the states of Kaduna and Katsina.
On March 31, President Buhari received his Nigerien counterpart, Mohammed Bazoum.
The two leaders held bilateral talks at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
President Bazoum, speaking to reporters at the end of the bilateral talks, expressed his gratitude to President Buhari for approving the US$1.96 billion Kano-Katsina-Maradi railway project.
Buhari had held in February 2021 the ground-breaking ceremony for the 284 km Kano-Dutse-Jibia (Katsina State)-Maradi railway project connecting Kano in Nigeria with Maradi in the Republic of Niger, virtually.
The project, approved by the Executive Council (FEC) in September 2020, is believed to be crucial for railway development in Nigeria and the West African sub-region.
It is running, a multinational engineering and construction company.
The project, with 15 stations along the corridor, would boost socio-economic activities in the states of Kano, Katsina and Jigawa in Nigeria, as well as in Maradi in the Republic of Niger.
President Buhari also virtually inaugurated the Bank of Industry (BOI) Second Tower building, in Abuja on Thursday, where he praised the Bank for creating more than nine million jobs in the past seven years.
He also praised BOI for disbursing more than N1.24 trillion to 4.2 million beneficiaries in micro, small, medium and large companies.
Also on March 31, Buhari approved the reconstitution of the National Institute for Labor Studies (NILS) Governing Council, with Mr. Sam Onokohwomo (Kowho) as Chairman.
It also approved the reconstitution of the Board of Directors of the National Employment Directorate (NDE) with Mr. Festus Keyamo as President. Keyamo is also Minister of State for Labor and Employment and Minister for Oversight of the NDE.
The president had called on March 31 for an end to the groups of murders, kidnappings and sexual assaults that have spread to other states, particularly in Ogun.
Also on Friday, Buhari received Microsoft Corporation Chairman Brad Smith at the State House, Abuja, saying that Nigeria is ready for more initiatives and investments in digital technology.
He expressed his gratitude to the $200 million Microsoft African Development Center engineering hub.
Smith was accompanied by Communication and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami.
Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state updated President Buhari on Friday on security developments in his state following Monday night's terrorist attack on the Abuja-Kaduna bound train.
The governor, who was sober about recent events in his state, told House correspondents that he had been assured by the president that drastic measures were being taken to control the activities of terrorists and bandits in Kaduna state and more. there.
According to him, security agencies have been making frantic efforts to rescue the victims of Monday night's attack on a Kaduna-bound train from their kidnappers.
President Buhari joined world leaders on Friday in welcoming the month of Ramadan, the month of fasting and intense devotion for Muslims.
According to the president, the fasting period offers a unique opportunity to “feel the hunger that is lived to feel what it is to be dispossessed and marginalized.
President Buhari concluded the week by receiving the Chadian leader, General Mahamat Deby, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
The Nigerian leader received assurances from De The transition to a democratic government in the Republic of Chad, established after the demise of long-time ruler Idris Deby Itno, was underway.
Buhari and De Muslim worshipers to observe the Friday Juma'at prayer at Aso Villa Mosque.
Deby, Interim President and President of the Transitional Military Council, Chad, last visited Nigeria in May 2021.
The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami, has expressed concern about the increasing rate of cyber attacks around the world, especially in the country.
Pantami said this at the opening of a two-day International Workshop on Cybersecurity and Digitization, organized by the Center of Excellence in Technology Enhanced Learning (ACETEL), a technology unit of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
The workshop is being organized in association with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and CEA-SMIA.
Represented by Prof. Sahalu Junaidu, the minister said that more malware was being released every day, more than ever.
Malware is software specifically designed to disrupt, damage, or gain unauthorized access to a computer system.
“The damages resulting from cyberattacks are not only increasing, but are sadly projected to cost approximately $5.2 trillion in loss worldwide by 2023.
“Cybercrime is one of the challenges arising from the internet and is a great threat to the global economy.
“Cybersecurity companies expect the global costs of cybercrime to grow by a penny per year over the next five years, reaching $10.5 trillion annually by 2025, up from $3 trillion in 2015.
"This represents the largest transfer of economic wealth in history and is one of the largest transfer risks in the face of driving innovation and investment," he said.
According to Pantami, Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa recorded the highest cybercrime losses in 2017.
The minister quoted Serianu, a Kenya-based cybersecurity IT company, as saying that African economies lost around $3.5 billion to cybercrime in 2017.
“In that year, annual cybercrime losses were estimated in Nigeria at $649 million and in Kenya at $210 million, while the South African Banking Risk Information Center (SABRIC) said South Africa lost approximately $157 million. of dollars".
Pantami also said that the rise in cybercrime was due to the COVID-19 outbreak inspiring a global adoption of digital platforms.
NOUN Vice Chancellor Professor Olufemi Peters said that the time had come for all Nigerian citizens to be digitally enabled to reduce cyber risks, as cyber security was seen as the cornerstone of successful digital transformation initiatives.
“The Digital Economy Initiative for Africa (DE4A) has advocated that all African citizens, businesses and governments should be digitally enabled to support the African Union's 'Digital Transformation Strategy for Africa'.
“This is recognition that digital technologies present a unique opportunity for rapid economic growth, innovation, job creation and access to services unimaginable just a decade ago.
“There is no question that complex cyberattacks in educational, government, and industrial environments pose a major threat to smooth growth and efficient business processes.
“Criminals exploit the fact that many industrial machines and simple devices (for example, televisions, smartphones, PCs and servers) are increasingly controlled by software and connected to the Internet.
“Unfortunately, many of these devices lack regular security updates and are highly vulnerable; cybercriminals try to gain access to the software on these devices to conduct Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks,” said Peters.
He explained that the consequences of a successful cyber attack can be devastating for companies and businesses, as it could bankrupt them.
Also speaking, Prof. Grace Jokthan, Director of ACETEL, said that the workshop could not be held at a better time, as Africa and the world strive for a high level of efficiency in digitization.
He urged governments and citizens to commit to understanding the risk of cyber threats and adhering to cyber security policies.
“We all need to equip ourselves with the necessary cybersecurity strategies to sustain the ongoing digital transformation,” said Jokthan.
EFCC Chairman Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa in his opening remarks said that a number of organizations rushed to embrace digital transformations without implementing proper cyber security policies and strategies.
Bawa, who was represented by Mohammed, the Director of ICT, EFCC, noted that cyber security policies had helped many companies survive cyber attacks.
It listed online scams, digital extortion, Business Email Compromise (BEC), ransomware, and botnets as the most common internet frauds, resulting in huge data and revenue loss.
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved a memorandum that prohibits foreigners or their agents from buying agricultural products at farm gates across the country.
Industry, Trade and Investment Minister Niyi Adebayo said this when briefing State House correspondents on the outcome of the Council meeting, chaired by Osinbajo, on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said the approval was necessary for the government to establish an appropriate mechanism to protect local farmers in terms of getting the right prices for their goods and raw materials.
Adebayo added that the approval was also intended to ensure that farmers have the proper incentives and encouragement needed to ensure their continued involvement in the agribusiness.
“I submitted two memorandums to the Federal Executive Council. One of the memorandums was the promotion of agribusiness in Nigeria through correct pricing at the farm gate and a ban on foreigners or their representatives buying agricultural products at the farm gate.
“As you all know, this memorandum was necessary for the government to establish an appropriate mechanism that would not only protect our farmers in terms of achieving the correct prices for their goods and raw materials, but also ensure that they have the appropriate incentives and necessary resources. encouragement to ensure their continued participation in the agricultural business.
“Over the years, foreigners have been going to farm gates and buying products from farmers at low prices, thus disincentivizing farmers to continue their trade.
“So today we finally got approval from the FEC for only licensed local purchasing agents who must be registered with national commodity associations, they are the ones who will now be able to buy products directly from farmers and sell to foreigners.
“In this way, farmers who just throw money at them will no longer be cheated and can buy their produce,” he said.
The minister also revealed that the Council approved the Trade Policy Action Plan.
According to him, the theme of the action plan is "Unleashing Nigeria's development potential through trade and investment."
“The general idea is that because we are not making as much money as we used to from selling oil, and because there is less money coming from that aspect of Nigeria's income generation, we want to use trade as a means of generate income for the country.
“So, the action plan aims to use the existing national trade policy to facilitate effective use of international trade and investment as tools for economic growth and poverty reduction in the country.
“So we have the approval of the Council today to engage with all the ministries, departments and agencies involved in trade and revenue generation, and also with the organized private sector and civil society organizations to ensure a successful implementation of the plan. trade policy action.
“One of the next steps that we will take now that we have this approval, we will launch a committee that will look at updating the existing trade policy, which was last updated in 2002.
"And also, we will seek to develop an investment policy."
For her part, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami, revealed that the Council approved the introduction of another layer of quality assurance certificate in government digital services.
According to him, before now, all federal public institutions have also received the mandate that before embarking on any information technology project, they must obtain the authorization of the IT project to embark on it.
He said: “There are so many benefits of that, this is provided for in the NITDA Act 2007, Section 6, under Article A and the federal government has re-emphasized that through a circular on August 31, 2018.
“Many federal public institutions have been complying with this and the report is very laudable.
“Today we present the report to the Federal Executive Council. The report covers from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021.
“This report captures all IT projects in the country, particularly towards our government digital services throughout the year.
“In that report, it is clearly mentioned that 282 major projects were submitted for approval, of these 258 were approved and 24 were rejected and the total amount submitted for permission to implement the project exceeded N213 billion from public institutions.
"From this, NITDA authorized about N154 billion and if you calculate the amount sent and the amount approved, you will find that we can save more than N24 billion for the federal government of Nigeria."
The Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) Alumni Association has said that awarding the chair to Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, is inappropriate.
This is contained in a declaration signed jointly by Azuaru, National Secretary and Mr. Ndubuisi Chijioke, National President of the association.
The association said the Academic Staff of Universities Union (ASUU) was correct in advising FUTO management to reconsider the appointment.
“FUTO Alumni Association reaffirms its position that Pantami's professorship was inappropriate
“The FUTO Alumni Association thanks the national body of ASUU and the local chapter for jointly condemning Pantami's appointment as a professor at FUTO.
“NEC also considered the unresolved issue of the appointment of Dr. Isa Pantami as a professor at our alma mater and noted the national position of ASUU.
“Therefore, the National Secretary reaffirmed the position of the FUTO alumni association that Pantami's appointment was inexplicable and questionable,” he said.
The association said it was unfortunate that a group known as Alumni Elders planned to invite university management to a dinner where they planned to declare their support for the award.
The association said the group was not a recognized constitution.
“It is a hoax for the FUTO Alumni to mislead the public that the so-called Re-Union is being organized in conjunction with the FUTO Alumni Association.
“The FUTO Alumni Association is not involved in any way with the scheduled dinner called FUTO Alumni Elders.
"NEC considers the use of the association's name in the promotion of this event without its consent to be a serious and subversive breach of alumni leadership," he said.
He said that the National Executive Council (NEC) of the alumni had not committed any funds nor authorized the university to seize or spend any funds in the event of the alumni funds.
“In conclusion on the matter, NEC wishes to disassociate the FUTO Alumni Association and its members from this event.
“And all chapter executives have been mandated to immediately communicate this position to their members,” he said.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that many academics have condemned the award of the chair at Pantami.
ASUU's national leadership has advised FUTO management to revoke the award as inappropriate.
However, FUTO management insists the award followed due process.
The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami, has said that the Federal Government will continue its efforts to promote digital innovation and entrepreneurship among young Nigerians.
The minister gave the assurance on Tuesday by launching an Information Technology (IT) Innovation Center named after President Muhammadu Buhari in Katsina state.
He insisted that doing so would make young people become job providers and contribute to the growth of the nation's economy.
Pantami said that the world economy had gone from being dominated by the oil and gas sector to that of Information and Communication Technologies.
According to him, the ambition of the Federal Government is to have individuals and institutions achieve greatness and wealth through IT.
“Nigeria needs to create an enabling environment and mentorship that encourages talented young people in the IT sector. This informed the federal government's decision to build the IT center in Katsina state.
“Digital innovation and digital entrepreneurship are the prerequisites for the digital economy.
“The leading nations today in Europe, Switzerland, Asia, South Korea, and the United States that excel in digital innovation and digital entrepreneurship have strong economies.
“Nigeria cannot and must not be left behind.
“That's why this kind of IT center was built where the IT needs of our youth would be monitored.
“We will continue to mentor them to end up being job providers and successful IT people like Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates of this world.
“A center like this will help the federal and state governments discover our talented young people and guide them to become job providers and contribute to the nation's economy,” he said.
Speaking at the event, Katsina State Governor Aminu Masari also assured that the state would continue to encourage young people to adopt IT.
The governor said the newly commissioned IT center will be put to good use under the state Institute of Science and Technology.
Abuja, February 14, 2022 The European Union (EU) under its Gateway Initiative has revealed plans to invest around €820 million in Nigeria's digital economy sector over the next three years.
EU Executive Vice President Ms. Margre Vestager revealed this in a statement signed by Suleiman, Spokesperson for the Minister on Monday, in Abuja.
Vestager, who was on a working visit, listed the union's involvement in the sector to include: investments in digital infrastructure, digitization of public services, digital entrepreneurship, digital skills and digital governance.
He praised the minister's exemplary leadership style and noted that the need for stronger partnerships had drawn global attention to the country's digital economy sector.
"Nigeria has immense potential for digitization and with a combination of €160 million in grants and €660 million in loans, the EU aims to comprehensively support Nigeria's digitization strategy," he said.
In his response, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami, expressed his satisfaction and appreciation for the intervention and reiterated the will of the Federal Government to associate with the European Union.
Pantami emphasized digital entrepreneurship and its immense impacts on the nation's economy.
The minister further informed the delegation that Nigeria hoped to achieve paperless office by 2030, which was already on track.
“Africa has always admired Europe in the area of technological advances and this partnership is a welcome development that will project our country's digitization aspirations.
“This partnership regarding digital entrepreneurship will address the challenge of unemployment and lack of employability alongside the Nigerian Startup Bill, which also aims to address a host of issues within the ecosystem.
“The intervention of the European Union is aligned with the Nigerian Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS),” he said.
Abuja, February 4, 2022 President Muhammadu Buhari approved the appointment of Dr. Vincent Olatunji as National Commissioner/Executive Director of the Nigerian Data Protection Bureau (NDPB).
The approval followed a request made by Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami.
This is contained in a statement by Suleiman, the Minister's Spokesman, on Friday in Abuja.
The NDPB, he said, was established in accordance with global best practices and would focus on the country's data protection and privacy, among others.
“The successful implementation of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) for a Digital Nigeria has significantly increased the adoption of data platforms and accelerated the datafication of our society.
“This has increased the importance of having an institution that is focused on data protection and privacy,” he said.
He further explained that the issuance of the Nigerian Data Protection Regulations (NDPR), a subsidiary legislation of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Act 2007, increased awareness of the need for data protection. and privacy.
He said that the NDPB would be responsible for consolidating the achievements of the NDPR and supporting the process of developing primary legislation for data protection and privacy.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that Olatunji has a Ph.D. in Geography and Planning from the University of Lagos and an Advanced Diploma in Computer Science.Keep reading
The Federal Government said on Monday that everything is ready to launch two additional satellites by Nigeria Communication Satellite, NIGCOMSAT, Limited.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami, revealed this during a tour of the facilities and an interaction with the NIGCOMSAT management team in Abuja.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the satellites are: NigComSat-2 and NigComSat-3.
“As I said before, 2022 has been dedicated to NigComSat and NIPOST and I want to do my best to improve on what we have achieved in the previous years.
“I recently approved two subsidiaries of NIGCOMSAT LTD and I am here to monitor what they have been doing.
“I have discovered some areas where we need to work to significantly improve their performance,” he said.
Pantami also said that for the agency not to be considered for privatization again, it must provide quality service and generate good income.
“The efforts made to stop the privatization of NIGCOMSAT are for the good of the company and for the good of the country.
“It needs to change things through the unique and effective service it can provide and the revenue it generates for the government.
“It is a difficult task to revive an institution and make it very successful. The challenge of reviving NIGCOMSAT is not just a necessity, but an obligation for all staff,” he said.
The Minister also said that the purpose of his visit was to address the great challenges that required the attention of the Federal Government.
Mr. Pantami said the visit was to motivate and encourage staff members on the core values, which were the guiding principles that must be embraced without compromise to ensure the success of the organization.
NIGCOMSAT Director General Abimbola Alale appreciated the Federal Government's efforts to ensure that NIGCOMSAT was operating at its full capacity.
“We thank the Minister for the increase in the budget allocation for the company that needs capital after general expenses.
“He defended us and insisted that there must be something good in NIGCOMSAT. Because he is a man who believes that we can actually turn NIGCOMSAT on its head,” he said.
The Director General also promised the Minister the willingness of the agency to provide quality service and generate revenue to justify his efforts to revitalize the agency.
“This year, the Minister has given us many challenges and I know that we are ready to meet the challenges. The subsidiaries are self-financing and sustaining.
“This year, Nigerians need new significant changes to let them know that NIGCOMSAT is a new company,” he said.
NAN informs that some of the places visited included in the Facility Tour were the Satellite Control Center, SCC, Network Operations Center, NOC and others.
The Federal Government through the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) launched the Nigeria Digital Center in Ilesa, Osun.
Prof. Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice President of the Commission, stated this at the opening of the center on Friday.
Danbatta said the federal government's desire to ensure Nigerians reap the full benefits of the emerging digital culture made it imperative to reorganize the governance process in the digital and communications sector.
He said that the center located at Ilesa Muslim Grammar School, comprises four main components; ICT Tools, Power, Connectivity and Non-ICT Tools.
Represented at the event was the Commission's Projects Department, Ms. Abigael Solanke.
According to him, the ICT Tools component is made up of 40 desktop computers with embedded operating systems, a server, a printer, a projector (with remote control), a high-resolution scanner, and e-learning software.
He said the power components consist of an inverter that comes with a charger, solar panels, batteries, and automatic transmission.
Danbatta added that the connectivity component was made up of routers, switches, firewall for network protection, modem, fiber/microwave radio or VSAT and bandwidth for internet connectivity, while the non-ICT component includes furniture, cabinets, systems cooling, among others. .
He said that the Commission wants to see that the ICT facilities are functional and used properly.
“This Center that starts up here today is one of the projects that are being executed by the Service Provision Fund (USPF).
“This is in line with the overall goal of bridging the digital divide and providing broadband and ICT access to the country's underserved and underserved institutions and communities,” he said.
In his speech, the Minister of the Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, said that the center is an initiative aimed at developing the literacy and digital capacity of the youth of the Ilesa community and its surroundings.
Aregbesola said the project was also a testament to the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari's unwavering commitment to implementing technology to improve the quality of life and experience for citizens.
He said the center would increase ICT literacy among the school's teachers and students and provide a platform for accessing educational resources online.
“It also highlights the preeminent role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in improving people's living standards.
“Globally, ICTs have changed the way we live, work, interact and play,” he said.
Prof. Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, said that the Federal Government focused on promoting the digital economy throughout the country.
Pantami said that the digital center was one of the initiatives to articulate the implementation of digital literacy and skills.
Represented at the event, Board of Commissioner, NCC, Prof. Adeolu Akande.
“Therefore, in order to thrive in the connected economy and society, the Nigerian government is determined to ensure that Nigerians' digital skills work alongside other skills; .
“Such as strong literacy and numeracy skills, critical and innovative thinking, complex problem solving, collaborative ability, and social-emotional skills.
“I want to express President Muhammadu Buhari's thanks to the good people of Osun State and express the Federal Government's commitment to its tripartite agenda of improving the economy, curbing corruption and enhancing national security through the effective deployment of ICTs. in every nook and corner of the country,” Pantami said.
Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun, who was represented at the event. The Science and Technology Commissioner, Mr. Olawale Babatunde, praised the Federal Government for the initiative.
The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, launched the Nigerian Digital Center in Ilesa, Osun on Friday.
Speaking at the inauguration, NCC Executive Vice President Professor Umar Danbatta said that the desire of the federal government to ensure that Nigerians reap the full benefits derived from the emerging digital culture made it imperative to reorganize the governance process in the digital sector and of communications.
Mr. Danbatta said that the center located at Ilesa Muslim Grammar School comprises four main components; ICT, Energy, Connectivity and
He was represented at the event by the Director of the Commission's Projects Department, Abigael Solanke.
According to him, the ICT Tools component is made up of 40 desktop computers with embedded operating systems, a server, a printer, a projector (with remote control), a high-resolution scanner and e-learning software.
He said the power components consist of an inverter that comes with a charger, solar panels, batteries, and automatic gearbox.
Mr. Danbatta added that the connectivity component consisted of routers, switches, firewall for network protection, modem, fiber / microwave radio or VSAT, and bandwidth for Internet connectivity, while the non-ICT component It includes the furniture, the cabinet, the refrigeration systems, among others. others.
He said the Commission wants to see that ICT facilities are functional and used properly.
“This Center that is being launched here today is one of the projects being carried out by the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF).
"This is in line with the overall goal of bridging the digital divide and providing broadband and ICT access to the country's underserved and underserved institutions and communities," he said.
In his speech, the Minister of the Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, said that the center is an initiative aimed at developing literacy and digital literacy for young people in the Ilesa community and its surroundings.
Mr. Aregbesola said that the project was also a testament to the unwavering commitment of the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, to implement technology to improve the quality of life and the experience of citizens.
He said the center would increase ICT literacy among the school's teachers and students and provide a platform to access educational resources online.
“It also highlights the preeminent role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in improving people's living standards.
"Globally, ICTs have changed the way we live, work, interact and play," he said.
In his speech, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami, said that the Federal Government is focused on promoting the digital economy throughout the country.
Mr. Pantami said that the digital center was one of the initiatives to articulate the implementation of digital literacy and skills.
He was represented at the event by the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, NCC, Prof. Adeolu Akande.
“Therefore, to thrive in the connected economy and society, the Nigerian government is determined to ensure that Nigerians' digital skills work alongside other skills; .
“Such as strong literacy and numeracy skills, critical and innovative thinking, complex problem solving, collaboration skills, and social-emotional skills.
“I want to express the appreciation of President Muhammadu Buhari, the good people of Osun State and express the Federal Government's commitment to its tripartite agenda of improving the economy, curbing corruption and improving national security through the effective deployment of ICT. in every nook and corner of the country, ”said Pantami.
Governor Gboyega Oyetola de Osun, who was represented at the event by the state Commissioner of Science and Technology, Olawale Babatunde, congratulated the Federal Government for the initiative.