African leaders have been called upon to emulate Nigerian Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami. This appeal was made by the Secretary General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Haolin Zhao, during the recent public presentation of two books written by the minister.
While virtualizing his comments at the event in Lagos, Zhao, while congratulating Pantami on the commendable achievement, stated that “this is a unique achievement by a unique person and I don’t know many people who are so dedicated and passionate about their efforts as he is, and I call on other African policy makers to follow suit by documenting their knowledge and experience so that we can all benefit and share it.”
He further noted that “Africa should not only be a continent always in need of international aid, but also provide direction to the global ICT community”, adding: “I agree with the Minister that Africa the Fourth Industrial Revolution because it is equipped with the tools to direct it.”
A statement from the spokesperson to the minister, Uwa Suleiman, the ITU chief also took the opportunity to express the ITU’s gratitude and satisfaction with the leadership and initiatives taken by the minister as chair of the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) Forum.
Recall that Pantami is currently the incumbent chairman of the forum since his appointment in June 2022.
In a related development, the minister will be the special guest of honor at this year’s Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) annual conference, while also hosting the esteemed College of Fellows Breakfast.
This confirmation was made by the Minister on Monday during a courtesy visit to him by the Provost, College of Fellows, Ibrahim Tizheat in Abuja.
The provost, who was accompanied by the chairman of the conference committee, Ayodeji Rex Abitogun, informed the minister that the visit was intended to formally invite him while expanding the requests.
In his response, while assuming the responsibility, Pantami noted, “It is an honor to call upon a renowned institution such as the NCS of which I am also a member”. The event will be billed for August 3 and 4 in Abeokuta, Ogun State.