Building on the fact that Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has leapfrogged Oil and Gas in contribution to Nigeria’s GDP, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami has disclosed that the Federal Government of Nigeria has officially directed security agencies to protect telecom infrastructures against vandalism, theft, hooliganism and other forms of negative vices.
It was stated that the move is part of an effort to create an enabling environment that can attract more Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and drive a Digital Economy for a Digital Nigeria.
The assertion was made by the Minister while making his remarks during the Premier of Airtel Touching Lives Season 5 which was held in Lagos, Nigeria.
In his words, “the Federal Government is working to improve the safety and security of telecom infrastructures. This is a step taken to ensure the environment is conducive for more investments.”
Pantami also informed the gathering that the Issue of Right of Way (RoW) has been resolved following his systematic approach of addressing the Nigerian State Governors collectively in a bid to accelerate broadband penetration in Nigeria, cleanse the sector out of corruption and position it on the path of progress.
While commending Airtel Nigeria for its initiative to give back to society as part of it’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Pantami maintained that givers never lack. He said, ” the Benefits of Corporate Social Responsibility Include Brand Recognition, improved Reputation of the company, improved Image and Customer loyalty
Present at the gathering was the Vice President of Nigeria, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, the Vice President of Ghana, represented by the Ghana Minister for Monitoring and Evaluation, the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Ooni of Ife: Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi among others.