New Nigerian Minister of Communications Sets Bold Vision for Digital Competitiveness
Nigeria's Minister of Communications Aims for Global Digital Dominance
Dr. Bosun Tijani, the newly appointed Minister of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy (C&DE), has unveiled a resolute vision for Nigeria’s digital future, asserting that the nation, under his leadership, will vigorously compete in the global digital arena. The proclamation came during a ceremonious reception held in his honor by the Ministry in the capital city of Abuja.
Assuming the pivotal role from his predecessor, Prof. Isa Pantami, as part of the 45-member ministerial cohort inaugurated by President Bola Tinubu, Dr. Tijani conveyed his determination to propel Nigeria into the forefront of digital innovation. The minister issued a fervent call to all heads of parastatals and departments under the Ministry’s purview, urging them to embark on action-oriented strategies without delay.
Furthermore, Dr. Tijani committed to crafting comprehensive policies and regulations designed to shield Nigerian citizens from potentially harmful digital devices, thereby ensuring the secure transformation of the industry. His holistic approach, he noted, would build upon the strides already achieved within the Ministry, attained through robust partnerships with crucial stakeholders within the sector.
In his address, Dr. Tijani emphasized the need for introspection and evaluation of past progress as a stepping stone to future advancements. “Progress stems from awareness,” he stated, underscoring the importance of acknowledging achievements and shortcomings alike. “Our objective is to devise policies that facilitate seamless access to governmental services, sparing our citizens unnecessary hardships,” he asserted.
Discussing his administrative philosophy, the minister extolled the virtues of international collaboration. He affirmed that technological strength could only be cultivated through global partnership, citing examples of countries that have harnessed the power of unity to surge ahead. “While policy formulation is intrinsic to our mandate, the nexus between industry cooperation and progress is irrefutable. Prosperity beckons when we merge ideas and resources,” he remarked.
Dr. Tijani also expressed his intention to forge alliances with premier international organizations and institutions, reflecting his aspiration to equip Nigeria with cutting-edge knowledge and capabilities. He underscored the ministry’s indispensable role in unlocking opportunities for citizens across the nation, underscoring the significance of continuous skill enhancement and a commitment to excellence.
The Ministry of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy encompasses an array of vital agencies, including the Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT), the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Galaxy Backbone (GBB), the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST), and the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC). Dr. Tijani’s vision and resolute leadership are poised to guide these agencies toward fostering a digitally empowered Nigeria that competes unfailingly on the global stage.
As Nigeria sets its sights on a dynamic digital future, the commitment and strategic direction articulated by Dr. Bosun Tijani stand as a beacon of hope, ushering in an era of innovative progress and international collaboration.