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We have reduced kidnapping and banditry with NIN – Isa Pantami
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We have reduced kidnapping and banditry with NIN – Isa Pantami

The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami says banditry and kidnapping have reduced since his office introduced the policy compelling Nigerians to obtain a National Identification Number. Pantami made the claim in Abuja on Thursday, June 3, while rendering an account of his stewardship since assuming office, in 2019. “When I was assigned to supervise the sector on 24, August 2019, unregistered, and partial registered sims were being used to perpetrate crime in the country. Nobody knew the total number of unregistered sims. Within less than 15 days in the office, we have engaged the NCC as a regulator. We have directed them to carry audit exercise to enable them come up with unregistered and partial registered sims. They came with around 9.4 million which...
A Pastor Bailed Boko Haram Founder, Yusuf, 3 Times – Sultan’s NSCIA
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A Pastor Bailed Boko Haram Founder, Yusuf, 3 Times – Sultan’s NSCIA

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, made a shocking claim Sunday night that a Christian minister thrice bailed the founder of Boko Haram, Mohammed Yusuf, when arrested by the security agents. The NSCIA, led by Sultan Saad Abubakar made the revelation while responding to the suggestion by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) that the DSS probe Dr. Isa Pantami, the communications minister over his links with terror groups. Deputy Secretary-general of the apex Islamic group, Professor Salisu Shehu bombed CAN leaders back by making the accusation. He did not identify the christian minister, but said the incidents happened in 2008 and 2009. “If the NSCIA has been as prejudicious and as pathologically hateful, it would have asked Nigerian Government in ...
I Would Have Resigned If I Was In Pantami’s Situation – Wike
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I Would Have Resigned If I Was In Pantami’s Situation – Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has faulted the continued stay of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, as a member of the Federal Executive Council (FEC). He believes it is unreasonable for the government to allow anyone in a situation such as that of the embattled minister to remain in office. The governor made the remarks on Wednesday via his Twitter handle while reacting to the comments said to have been made by Pantami in the past in support of extremist groups. Although the minister has renounced the comments, saying he was a changed person, Governor Wike insisted that it was wrong to allow Pantami to continue with his duties as a minister. According to him, the minister ought to have relinquished his duties but the situation has worsen...
We Did Not Discuss Pantami’s Issue At FEC – Lai Mohammed
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We Did Not Discuss Pantami’s Issue At FEC – Lai Mohammed

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has kept mute over the scandal rocking the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami. The minister has been under pressure to step down over allegations that he endorsed Taliban and Al-Qaeda extremist sects in the past. The angry reactions to the utterances made the minister to own up, blaming immaturity and limited knowledge for his views back then. The debate over the issue and the calls for Dr Pantami’s resignation have already taken regional and religious slants. Pantami attended Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the council meeting, said t...
NIMC Staff To Get Improved Salary Soon – Pantami
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NIMC Staff To Get Improved Salary Soon – Pantami

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, has assured staff of the National Identify Management Commission, NIMC, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, of improved salary scale. Mr Pantami disclosed this on Tuesday in Abuja, when the board and management of NIMC paid him a courtesy visit in his office. “We are working on the new salary scale approved by the Salaries and Wages Commission, as we make efforts to ensure an improved budget for 2021. “I have furnished President Muhammadu Buhari with all the challenges face by NIMC because the President said we must get NIN right as we cannot continue to estimate our population and for national planning. “We will make sure the agency delivers on its mandate. We need to do more fo...
NITDA: Pantami Charges Agency To Redouble Effort Towards IT Promotion
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NITDA: Pantami Charges Agency To Redouble Effort Towards IT Promotion

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, has charged the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, to build on efforts to advance the IT sector of the country. The minister made the call at a news conference organised by the agency to celebrate its20th anniversary achievements in Abuja. The theme of the anniversary is “Growth and Resilience’’, while activities to celebrate the anniversary will last until April 30. Mr Pantami recounted that NITDA from inception, especially from 2016 to date, activated its IT project clearance function, engaged in diverse capacity building and established the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation, among other achievements. “NITDA has done well in IT project clearance, the administration of President Mu...
FG Wants Telcos To Establish SIM Swap Centres In All 774 LGAs
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FG Wants Telcos To Establish SIM Swap Centres In All 774 LGAs

The Nigerian Government has approved the establishment of dedicated Subscriber Identification Modules (SIM) Swap centres by Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) across the 774 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Nigeria This was part of the resolution reached at the Ministerial Task Force meeting on the NIN-SIM registration held at the weekend, and chaired by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami. Key stakeholders, who joined Pantami at the meeting, included the Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta; DG/CEO of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Aliyu Aziz; DG/CEO of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Abdullai; Comptroller-Gener...
FG Reveals 7 SIM Cards Can Be Linked To One NIN
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FG Reveals 7 SIM Cards Can Be Linked To One NIN

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, said on Friday that seven SIM cards can be linked to one National Identification Number on the National Identity Management Commission Mobile App launched recently. The minister said the ministry and NIMC are working on transforming the NIN enrolment process and the onward linkage to SIM cards as required by the Nigerian Communication Commission. “We developed an app, when you go online, you will see it. That app, as long as you have your NIMC number, you will only download it without visiting any office. You will be able to link up to seven SIM numbers to only one. I have already downloaded the app, launched the app, and already linked some of my numbers immediately. This is part of digitalisation,” he said. Pant...
NIN: FG Suspends Workers Over Extortion At NIMC Centres
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NIN: FG Suspends Workers Over Extortion At NIMC Centres

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), on Thursday, warned members of its staff cashing in amid the ongoing NIN registration nationwide to desist as they risk seven years in jail when caught. The Honourable Minister, Dr. Isa Pantami has today directed the suspension of NIMC staff involved in extortion of applicants at its Bauchi and Kaduna State Offices. The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, @DrIsaPantami directs the immediate suspension of staff extorting applicants at NIMC enrolment centers.
“We Will Launch Radio Biafra In Daura” – IPOB Tells Buhari
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“We Will Launch Radio Biafra In Daura” – IPOB Tells Buhari

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Thursday dared the federal government led by President Muhammadu Buhari, to stop them from launching Radio Biafra in Daura, home town of the President. Their challenge came barely twenty-four hours the federal government approved N654 million for the deployment of hybrid spectrum monitoring system that would target illegal frequencies in the southern part of the country especially, the South East. The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, yesterday briefed members of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, how his ministry uncovered 320 frequencies being used all over the country and of this 320, 106 were illegal. Pantami said the monitoring did not cover South East. It covered five zones in the country: North East, ...
FG Declares September 16 As National Identity day
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FG Declares September 16 As National Identity day

The Federal Government has declared Sept. 16 as National Identity Day and has supported the enrolment of Nigerians for Digital Identity (ID) across the country. Dr Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, said this in a statement signed by Mrs Uwa Suleiman, his spokesperson on Tuesday, in Abuja. Pantami reminded Nigerians of the importance of digital identity, adding that the ministry was developing the right policy environment to support enrolment for digital IDs in the country. He said that the celebration of the National Identity Day would take place virtually, adding that digital IDs play critical roles in the development of digital economies, as they were often called the fabrics of the digital economies. Pantami also stressed that the importance of...
‘Don’t Lie, You Did That Because I’m A Woman’ – Abike Dabiri Blast Isa Pantami
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‘Don’t Lie, You Did That Because I’m A Woman’ – Abike Dabiri Blast Isa Pantami

Responding to the allegation, the minister took to his Twitter page to refute the claim, describing it as a fat lie. He tweeted: THIS IS A FAT LIE FROM HER: The owner of the building @NgComCommission has faulted her lies on their social media platforms. The minister has never given that directives to any gunman. We need to be very objective in reporting. I have never sent any gunmen there, & I have no one. But Dabiri-Erewa was not going to let Pantami’s claim slide as she swiftly reacted to the tweet, saying his disrespect for women is legendary. She said the minister ejected her staff from their office because she is a woman. She said:An Islamic scholar should not lie Hon Minister. ( PhD)You did that to me cos I am a woman. Your disrespect for women is legendary Left ...
Terrorists Recruit Followers, Coordinate Attacks Via Social Media — FG
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Terrorists Recruit Followers, Coordinate Attacks Via Social Media — FG

Terrorists now use social media to recruit new members and coordinate attacks, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, has said. Pantami stated this yesterday in Abuja while delivering a lecture on leadership in counter-terrorism and counter violent extremism in Abuja. He said the rapidly evolving phenomenon requires the use of innovative approaches to both “counter” and “prevent” it. “It’s evident that terrorists are exploiting social media, encrypted communications, and the dark web to spread propaganda, recruit new followers and coordinate attacks’’, the minister said. He urged the security agencies to tap into the resources availed by technology and use them as potent tools for ousting the insurgents from the country. He said the development...
Communications Minister Reacts To 7.5% VAT Deductions On Phone Calls, Text Messages
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Communications Minister Reacts To 7.5% VAT Deductions On Phone Calls, Text Messages

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami has urged Telecoms subscribers who wish to know the details of the 7.5 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) on voice calls and text messages to approach the Federal Inland Revenue (FIRS) for clarification. The Minister said this call became necessary following the continued inquiries by Telecoms subscribers in his office regarding the deduction of 7.5 per cent VAT by some mobile network operators. The spokesman to the Minister, Mrs Uwa Suleiman in a statement issued on Thursday, said the issues of VAT does not fall under the purview of the Ministry. The statement stated, “the office of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) has been inundated with complaints and enqu...
Pantami Orders Deactivation Of Automatic Voicemails On Existing Phone Lines
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Pantami Orders Deactivation Of Automatic Voicemails On Existing Phone Lines

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami has issued a broad policy directive to the sector regulator Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), to immediately ensure that issues regarding automatic voicemails are addressed on all existing phone lines and the subscribers, given the option of accessing the service via an activation code. According to a statement issued by the Spokesperson to the Minister, Mrs Uwa Suleiman, it described it as financial exploitation by Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) in the country, through the automatic activation of the Voicemail Service on their platforms. The statement said the Voicemail service should be accessed at the discretion of the subscriber and not by default. It noted that the Minister finds it worrisome and ...
Pantanmi Orders The Termination Of Cash Payment At NIPOST Offices Nationwide
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Pantanmi Orders The Termination Of Cash Payment At NIPOST Offices Nationwide

Min. Of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami has ordered the termination of cash payment at NIPOST Offices nationwide. According to the statement released, the decision comes as a result of the fact that some ‘unscrupulous elements have been taking undue advantages of the cash payment system under the Nigeria Postal Services NIPOST to engage in corrupt practises.’ The Minister has ordered the Post Master General to ensure that all NIPOST offices revert to Point of Sales (PoS) and bank teller transactions immediately. See Press Statement released to the effect,
Telecom Firms Get Five Days To Stop Illegal Deductions
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Telecom Firms Get Five Days To Stop Illegal Deductions

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, has ordered the Nigerian Communications Commission to implement a directive on the reduction of the cost of data in the country. The NCC was equally ordered to enforce an earlier directive to compel service providers to put a stop to illegal deduction of subscribers’ data within five days. The commission was given five days to act on the directives. Pantami had given the directives in October, after receiving a progress report on the implementation of Short-Term Performance Targets set for the NCC.The minister had noted that Nigerians were paying so much for data without enjoying value for money spent. The minister restated the directives during the inauguration of a new Executive Commissioner of the NCC, Adel...
Don’t Buy, Sell Pre-registered Sim Cards – Minister To Nigerians
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Don’t Buy, Sell Pre-registered Sim Cards – Minister To Nigerians

The Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Pantami, has warned that all those using or selling pre-registered SIM cards risk being arrested. The minister also insisted that Wednesday's deactivation deadline for all improperly registered SIM cards still stands. Pantami made this disclosure on Monday while officially commissioning the National Emergency Toll-Free Number (112) and the Commissioning of the Katsina State Emergency Communications Center, in Katsina. The Minister stated that appropriate measures have been put in place to ensure that if a crime is committed using a SIM card, the perpetrator would be identified within 60 minutes. Pantami said the agenda of the Federal Ministry of Communications was in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s, which, according to him, is b...

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