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By Maryam Aminu-Abuja

The Honorable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami has assured Nigerian Youths of his support to Nigerian Youths on ICT related Adventures as Youth Coalition for Development pays him a courtesy visit in his office at Abuja on Thursday, 3rd June, 2021.

Reaffirming his support for youths is in a submission that
technology – specifically ICT – has played a central role in young people’s rise to prominence on a global scale. It has helped them mobilize, collaborate, and given them a voice where there was none
before. It has brought them together in response to social concerns. It has connected them across
vast geopolitical barriers.

The International Telecommunication Unit (ITU) and Broadband Commission research has shown the benefits of ICT access across all major sectors. For young people, access to information means better access to capital, markets, and training needed to pursue a career or studies; increased participation
in political processes, and recognition of youth as responsible citizens in today’s society. Youth
entrepreneurship – which is facilitated by access to technology, the internet, and information – is fast being positioned as a solution for youth employment.

Young people are rising to the challenge by pioneering the use of ICT, and driving trends in what is a dynamic and major growth industry. While the good news is that they are using ICT – the challenge
is to inspire them to use it to change their world in a positive way. National and international policy and regulatory bodies – governments, civil society, and the UN – can help by recognizing and
encouraging the accelerated use of information and communication technologies in the development
strategies and frameworks for the future. With ICTs playing a crucial role in applications in Nigeria and across the
world and at either end of the development spectrum, and with such a high impact on young people,
their explicit reference in such strategies is essential.
The United Nation, Youth, and ICTs
While access to technology and associated electronic content has significantly changed the lives of
many young people in developed countries, this is not always the case for those in less developed
countries especially, Nigeria.

Access to ICTs such as computers, mobile phones, and the Internet, especially broadband, remains a challenge for youth in the developing world. In addition, the cost of ICT access (mobile
phones and Internet) is much higher as a proportion of per capita income in these particularly Nigeria.
The challenge is bringing together all relevant stakeholders, including governments, civil society and
the private sector, and encouraging them to work together to provide an environment that fosters the development of young people and enables them to realize their potential in the Information Society. ICTs transcend borders enabling the communication between young people from every
corner of the world, helping in the promotion of dialogue and mutual understanding. It is important
then that international cooperation in regards to the transfer of technology is fostered.

It is in the light of the above that the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy under the pilot ship of Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami resiliently found its feet on youth engagement in ICT to help enhance an efficiently access and maximize the ICT advantages to better their lives.

Scouting through Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami’s immeasurable achievements, it was unfolded that he had succeeded in solving a decade and three years problem of Right of Way which had impeded broadband penetration for donkey years. Not only that but also the erroneous act of destroying telecommunications’ equipment was also addressed by making it Critical National Infrastructure.
Likewise, the Ministry addressed the problem of improperly registered sim cards that have exposed millions of lives and properties to danger by deactivating 2.2 million sim cards.

Also, Pantami succeeded in numerous policies and strategies not to only promote the communication sector but to also assist the Digital Economy, ranging from the National Digital Economy Policy & Strategy 2020-2030, National Broadband Plan 2020-2025, Sim card registration policy etc…
To this end, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami under the Buhari’s administration has successfully paddled the canoe of the Ministry with a difference.

His commitment to the development of the Nigerian youths in ICT has on Thursday informed his engagement of Nigerian Youth leaders, of the Youth Coalition for Development, YCD, led by Comr. Aminu Aminu.

Comr. Aminu Aminu who in his brief address lauded the massive achievements of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami said the minister has done well by instituting Digital Capacity Training Centres in Abubar Tafawa Balewa College of Education, Kangere, Bauchi, Bauchi State, College of Health Technology, Kano Road Bauchi State, ATBU Teaching Hospital, Opp. Yan Doka Street, Bauchi State, Federal Government College, Azare, Bauchi State, Government Day Secondary School (GDSS), Games Village, Bauchi.

“Establishment of Digital Divide Bridging Centres (DDBCR) With E-learning Facilities in Federal Polytechnic Bauchi, Bauchi State, National Center for Petroleum Research and Development Energy Commission of Nigeria, ATBU, Bauchi State, College of Education, Tilden Fulani, Toro LGA, Bauchi, Bauchi State, Government Comprehensive Secondary School, Tafawa Balewa Estate, Bauchi, Bauchi State, Government Senior Secondary School Gamawa, Gamawa LGA, Bauchi State”.

Aminu Aminu also stated that the ministry had executed digital projects across the country noting that the ICT innovation Hubs, Digital Skills for Entrepreneurs and Innovators, Community IT Training Centres, Tertiary Institution knowledge centres, school knowledge centres projects which were executed by Pantami has incredibly affected the lives of the Nigerian Youths in all parts of the country positively.

Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami who thanked the team for visiting him assured Nigerian youths of his 100% support to any course that would harp on their knowledge in ICT, stressing that he will continue to ensure that the youths are considered in his programs and policies as to have a resultful Nigeria youth in the picture of the ICT knowledge.

Similarly, the minister specially thanked the Jigawa state governor over his simultaneous relationship with the youths of his stating, disclosing that His Excellency, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, the Executive Governor of Jigawa State is like his elder brother.

Dignitaries from the Youths Coalition for Development include
Comrade Aminu Aminu, Eqwe Martins (Apolo), Nabila Yusuf Ahmad, Mr Jerry YCD Expert,
Emmanuel Huleji Daudu, Bright Nwogwugwu,
and Comrade Dahiru Almustapha, and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa

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