President Mohammedu Buhari (middle) with the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, , left, and the President and Vice Chairman, Brand Smith at the State House.(Credit FMoCDE)
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ibrahim Pantami, a professor of Communication Technology, has led a delegation from Microsoft led by the President and Vice Chairman, Brand Smith to meet with His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja, Nigeria.
President Buhari welcomed the decision of Microsoft to site its $200 million office in Lagos which houses the Africa Development Centre, ADC.
The Microsoft Nigeria office was commissioned by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy on 21st March 2022.
Recall, that the minister disclosed during the commissioning Microsoft Nigeria Office that “one of my first assignments when I was appointed as the Minister for the tech sector was to send a proposal to Mr President on the urgent need for the mandate of the Ministry to be expanded to include a digital economy component, in line with global best practice.
“Mr President graciously approved the request and this was endorsed by the Federal Executive Council. Following this approval, we developed the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy, NDEPS, for a Digital Nigeria. NDEPS is built on 8-pillars and it provides the overarching policy for all efforts to develop Nigeria’s digital economy. It also outlines our areas of potential partnerships and provides a platform for fostering collaboration with leading institutions like Microsoft.”