PDP NASS caucus accuses Buhari of breaches of constitution

May 5, 2021 Taiye Odewale, 0

… Tells Pantami to quit  The Caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the National Assembly declared Tuesday that it has  resolved to compile alleged  breaches of constitution by President Muhammadu Buhari with a view to imposing appropriate legislative sanction on him. Rising from an emergency meeting which lasted for about two hours at the Senate premises, the lawmakers Read More

FG extends NIN-SIM verification deadline

May 4, 2021 Ayoni M. Agbabiaka 0

The federal government has approved the extension of the deadline for NIN-SIM data verification to the 30th of June, 2021. The extension was as a result of the virtual meeting chaired by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami. The meeting was also attended by Chairman Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Adeolu Akande, Executive Vice Read More

Digital Switch Over: Lagos to end analogue broadcast in 6 months

April 29, 2021 Amaka Ifeakandu 0

Lagos state has officially transited from analogue to digital Television. This is even as Federal Government announced that with the launch in Lagos, analogue broadcasting would be switched off in the state in the next six months. Speaking at the official launch of Digital switch over, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said the switch-on of Lagos is Read More

Tinubu, Dangote top donors as Abuja mosque expansion fund hit N1.5bn

April 27, 2021 Tope Sunday 0

The acclaimed Africa’s richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote and Group Chief Executive of Oando PLC, Mr Wale Tinubu, over the weekend, emerged the highest donors at an appeal fund raising and foundation stone laying for the expansion of the Al-Noor Mosque held in Abuja. The mosque, which is aimed at accommodating 10,000 worshippers at a time, upon completion, is managed Read More

Reps ‘at war’ over call for Pantami’s ouster

April 23, 2021 Blueprint 0

Exchange of words has ensued between spokesman of the House of Representatives, Hon. Benjamin Kalu, the minority caucus, over the recent move on the floor, to the effect that Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, should resign over allegation of terrorism links, or be sacked. Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu, had on Wednesday during plenary, raised a point Read More

Breaking: Finally, Buhari speaks on Pantami ‘s alleged terrorism link

April 22, 2021 Solomon Arowolo 0

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday night declared support for embattled Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Dr Ibrahim Pantami amidst call for his resignation some Nigerians over alleged link with terrorists. President Buhari who through Garba Shehu, his Senior Special Assistant in Abuja on Thursday, via a press statement said, “Today, there is an unfortunate fashion in public discourse that Read More

Don’t overflog call for Pantami’s resignation, activist warns

April 22, 2021 Blueprint 0

A Kogi state-based human rights activist, Alhaji Ahmed Adoke, has urged advocates of “Pantami must resign” over an alleged past ideas over alleged comments on religious issues to desist. He said the issue has been over-flogged by his critics.Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami is the current minster of Communication and Digital Economy.Expressing his view on “Pantami must resign” advocates in Read More

Pantami: No terrorist in Buhari’s govt, BMO blasts PDP

April 20, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has dismissed claims by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that President Muhammadu Buhari harbours a terrorist sympathiser in his administration. In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, the group said that the opposition party is lashing on fake news to further its disinformation agenda. “We are actually not surprised Read More

IT clearance saved government N22.5bn — Pantami

April 19, 2021 Ayoni M. Agbabiaka 0

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami has said that the IT project clearance have saved the country N22.5 billion. The minister who stated this at the NITDA @20 anniversary conference held in Abuja on Monday, added that though NITDA was established in April 2001 as a department under the Ministry of Communication, it has Read More

MTN, Airtel shares climb 2.1%, 0.5% as SIM sale resumes

April 19, 2021 Blessing Anaro 0

MTN shares climbed as much as 2.1 per cent in early trade in Johannesburg, extending a surge that has seen the stock gain more than 50 per cent this year. Airtel rose 0.5 per cent in London. MTN’s local unit is the West African country’s biggest wireless operator, while Airtel Africa, which listed in Lagos and London in 2019, is Read More

FG set date new SIM card registration will resume

April 16, 2021 Ayoni M. Agbabiaka 0

The issuance of new SIMs and other suspended activities will resume on Monday, 19th of April 2021. This is following the completion of a final draft of the National Digital Identity Policy for SIM Card Registration, making NIN mandatory for all SIM registrations in the country. The new or revised Policy was completed Wednesday, 14th of April, 2021. An earlier Read More

Osinbajo hails Abiodun on Ogun digital economy

April 16, 2021 Hakkem Adegbenro 0

Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Thursday, commended Ogun state Governor Dapo Abiodun on the launching of Ogun Digital Economy Infrastructure Project in the state. Osinbajo gave this commendation while speaking virtually at the official launch of the project, held at the Ogun TechHub, Kobape Road, Abeokuta, the state capital. The VP noted that digital economy technology is the future of Read More

Pantami’s terrorism link fake news – MURIC

April 15, 2021 Ahmid Lawal 0

The Muslims Rights Concern (MURIC), an Islamic human rights organisation, has described the report ran by a news site, Independent Newspaper on April 12 linking Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Pantami to Boko Haram terrorists group as fake news. A statement by MURIC Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, said this in a statement in Abuja Tuesday. Professor Read More

We don’t owe MTN Nigeria, other telecom operators – Banks

Nigerian banks are not indebted to MTN Nigeria and other telephone companies for using telecommunications platforms to provide payment services, the managing director of Access Bank Plc, Herbert Wigwe, has said.“There is no obligation owed by banks to telecom operators,” he said, during an investor call in Lagos. According to him, “We have chosen not to make a public statement Read More

Banks/ MTN dispute: FG wades in, assures resolution

April 3, 2021 Editor 0

The federal government has assured that trade dispute between commercial banks and mobile network operator, MTN Nigeria will soon be resolved. Vommercial banks had early Friday disconnected MTN customers from banking channels using the Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) and banking apps. But the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, speaking via his verified Twitter handle Friday night Read More

Covid-19: Pantami presents Jaiz bank’s N125m to innovators, entrepreneurs

April 2, 2021 Benjamin Umuteme 0

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, Thursday, in Abuja presented cheques amounting to N125 million to four entrepreneurs and innovators.  The entrepreneurs and innovators were adjudged winners of Jaiz Bank’s Covid-19 challenge competition. The competition is part of the bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) aimed at spurring ideas and innovation on how to curb Read More

SIM blocking deadline: FG, telcos to meet over court judgment

April 1, 2021 Segun Odunewu 0

With less than a week to the expiration of the April 6 deadline for disconnection sim cards not linked to National Identity Numbers (NIN), the federal government is scheduled to meet with telecommunications operators and other key stakeholders in the sector over the recent court judgement which stopped the government from going on with its earlier plan to disconnect SIM Read More

World Backup Day: NITDA tells Nigerians to follow the 3/2/1 backup rule

March 31, 2021 Ayoni M. Agbabiaka 0

    National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has advised Nigerians to follow the 3/2/1 backup rule as the world celebrates World Backup Day. World Backup Day is celebrated every 31st March. The year originally began as World Backup Month. The event was initiated by a hard drive company (Maxtor), which was later acquired by Seagate Technology.  World Back-up Day Read More

NIPOST critical to our economy – Pantami

March 23, 2021 Ayoni M. Agbabiaka 0

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) has described the postal sector as critical to nations economy world wide.The minister who was represented by permanent secretary Ministry of Communications & Digital Economy Engr Festus Daudu advocate a robust strategy for NIPOST to play major role in the socio-economy of the world. This he declared at the Read More

Pantami: Create criminal data bank before replacing BVN

March 21, 2021 Blueprint 0

A common feature of governance in developing countries like Nigeria is policy summersault and inconsistency. Each government that comes onboard tries to undo the previous administration in all it can. This is irrespective of the socio, political economy consequences to the nation and the citizenry. This was one major reason for huge waste of funds as well as human productivity Read More

DBI to collaborate with BUK on telecoms, ICT, others

March 19, 2021 Editorial III 0

The president/chief Executive Officer (CEO) Digital Bridge Institute, Prof. Mohammed Ajiya has called for an affiliation between DBI and Bayero University Kano (BUK) in the field of telecoms, ICT and Cybersecurity. He said “DBI being one of the world acclaimed Centre of Excellence in Africa as certified by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has decided to initiate strategic collaborations with reputable Read More

Strange disease kills 3 in Kano, 284 others hospitalised

March 16, 2021 Bashir Mohammed 0

A strange ailment that broke out some 10 days ago in Kano state has killed not less than three persons with some 284 others hospitalised in various medical facilities across the state. The source of the disease, it was gathered, came from a borehole drilled around the Dandolo cemetery from where vendors fetched to sell to unsuspecting customers. The development, Blueprint gathered,  has Read More

NCC’s DND crashes unsolicited SMS by 96.6% in three years — EVC

March 16, 2021 Ayoni M. Agbabiaka 0

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) said its Do Not Disturb (DND) policy has crashed the incidences of unsolicited SMS by 96.6% in the country within three years. Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta stated this at the first World press conference in commemoration of the 2021 World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD) on Monday. He added Read More

DBI trains 60 ministry engineers on fibre optics planning, design, deployment

March 16, 2021 Ayoni M. Agbabiaka 0

60 Engineers of Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy (FMoCDE) have been trained on various aspects of Fiber Optics. The first and second batch of the training which was centred on Fibre Optics planning, design and deployment was put together by Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) considering the focus of FMoCDE on laying necessary framework to ensure an efficient implementation Read More