Pantami Launches Digital Nigeria App, Portal
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has officially launched the Digital Nigeria Portal and Mobile App which is part of the implementation of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) for a Digital Nigeria.
At the launching were African Development Bank (AfDB) and Microsoft, represented by Ebrima Faal, Senior Director, Nigeria Country Department, AfDB and Ghada Khalifa, Director for the Middle East and Africa, and Microsoft Philanthropies respectively. Speaking at the event, the minister noted that the development of Nigeria’s Digital Economy was anchored on the following 8 pillars as stated in NDEPS: Developmental Regulation; Digital Literacy & Skills; Solid Infrastructure; Service Infrastructure; Digital Services Development & Promotion; Soft Infrastructure; Digital Society & Emerging Technologies; and Indigenous Content Development & Adoption.
According to him, the ministry has recorded a number of unprecedented achievements since it began implementing NDEPS. Some of which include: resolution of the lingering issues of excessive Right of Way charges and vandalism of telecommunication infrastructure; rapid broadband penetration, with an increase by about 10% in 11 months (with a value of 42.02% at the end of July 2020), instead of the average annual increase of about 1.7%; development and swift implementation of the Nigerian National Broadband Plan (NNBP); significant increase in the contribution of ICT to the GDP based on the Q2 2020 GDP – 17.83% – as reported by the National Bureau of Statistics; promotion of digital services in government, including Virtual Federal Executive Council meetings; etc Pantami added, “The effect of the digital economy is far greater than the ICT contribution shows.
The Digital Economy Digital Economy encompasses ICT and all Digital Services, which includes all online activities in financial institutions, ecommerce, online tax payment, any form of online payment, online banking, etc.
When we consider these, the contribution of the Digital Economy could be up to 45% or even more.