A book entitled “Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami: Advancing Nigeria’s Drive Towards a Digital Economy” was unveiled at the ongoing Digital Nigeria Conference and Exhibitions. The book was written by Mr Obiora Nzekwu and the Foreword was written by President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR.
The 900-page book chronicled some of the achievements of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami since he was sworn in as a Minister on the 21st of August 2019. It also discussed some of his areas of impact prior to his appointment as a Minister. The biographer covered the subject matter in the following 9 chapters:
- Digital Sheikh;
- Changing the Trajectory at NITDA;
- Communications and Digital Economy;
- Running a SMART Ministry;
- NCC- Driving the Digital Agenda;
- The Mobile Digital Economy;
- Broadband- Driving the Digital Economy;
- Other Agencies in the Digital Drive; and
- Policy Statement and Views.
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In his Foreword, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR said “I commend the Honourable Minister, Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim for being a good example of excellence and focus in how he has discharged his responsibility as a member of the Federal Executive Council. I also commend the author for this well-researched work and for deeming it fit to document our digital economy journey.” Mr President went on to recommend the book to researchers, scholars, policymakers and Chief Executive Officers, in business and public offices.