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Telecom Firms Shun Minister Of Communications, Isa Pantami’s Data Cut Directive
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Telecom Firms Shun Minister Of Communications, Isa Pantami’s Data Cut Directive

The ministerial directive on reduction of data cost has been ignored by telecommunication firms. It was learnt that the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has not given the instruction to the operators. Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, gave the order on October 20 after receiving the progress report on the implementation of Short-Term Performance Targets set for the NCC. The minister re-issued the directive on November 5, saying he was not satisfied with the explanations of the Commission. He NCC five days ultimatum to get the operators to reduce the cost of data and stop what he called “illegal deductions from subscribers”. But 20 days after the ultimatum, the directive has not been implemented, dampenring the morale of telecoms subs...
Ministry Of Communications Changes Name, Gets FEC Approval
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Ministry Of Communications Changes Name, Gets FEC Approval

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved the renaming of the Federal Ministry of Communications as Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy. Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications, disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja....
Leaked Memo Shows Banks Asked Telcos To Charge For USSD
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Leaked Memo Shows Banks Asked Telcos To Charge For USSD

Nigerian banks proposed to telecom companies to charge customers directly for USSD services, a memo seen by TheCable has revealed. This seems to contradict the public denial by bank CEOs on Monday. They said the decision “on whether, and what amount, to charge a customer for accessing USSD is entirely that of the telco company, in the same way a customer is billed for calls, SMS and data”. In a letter to the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) by the Body of Banks’ Chief Executive Officers (BOBCEO) dated September 16, 2019, the bank MDs had proposed an “orderly implementation” of end-user billing for bank customers, “aligning with the standard practice for USSD billing.” They said: “Customers using non-bank services already pay for USSD session...
“Stop Harassing People With ICT Gadgets” – Minister Of Communications To Police
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“Stop Harassing People With ICT Gadgets” – Minister Of Communications To Police

Minister of Communications, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami, has frowned at widespread harassment of Nigerians with personal computers, tablets and other ICT gadgets in public places by security operatives. The Minister made his feelings known in a statement issued on Tuesday by his Spokesman, Mrs Uwa Suleiman. Part of the statement read, “the attention of the Federal Ministry of Communications (FMC), has been drawn to reports of widespread harassment of young Nigerians with personal computers, tablets or phablets in public places. “These reports indicate that young persons are generally regarded as fraudsters by officers of security agencies if found with such devices in their possession and subsequently subjected to varied forms of harassment and in some cases outright extortion. “Th...
NCC Begins Deactivation Of Improperly Registered SIM
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NCC Begins Deactivation Of Improperly Registered SIM

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has started the deactivation of 2.24million improperly registered Sim cards, Igbere TV reports. Igbere TV recalls that the minister of Communications, Dr. Ibrahim Pantami on September, 16 ordered the deactivation of improperly registered SIM cards in use around the country. The minister described the development as a security risk to the nation, saying that the Commission having rectified 6.775m out of the original 9.2m improperly registered sim cards, should proceed to cut off the remaining number. He noted that sim cards are usually involved in most of the crimes committed in the country. A Nigerian man who has been affected by the recent development took to popular micro-blogging platform, Twitter to confirm that the NCC has s...
Don’t Buy, Sell Pre-registered Sim Cards – Minister To Nigerians
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Don’t Buy, Sell Pre-registered Sim Cards – Minister To Nigerians

The Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Pantami, has warned that all those using or selling pre-registered SIM cards risk being arrested. The minister also insisted that Wednesday's deactivation deadline for all improperly registered SIM cards still stands. Pantami made this disclosure on Monday while officially commissioning the National Emergency Toll-Free Number (112) and the Commissioning of the Katsina State Emergency Communications Center, in Katsina. The Minister stated that appropriate measures have been put in place to ensure that if a crime is committed using a SIM card, the perpetrator would be identified within 60 minutes. Pantami said the agenda of the Federal Ministry of Communications was in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s, which, according to him, is b...
FG Directs NCC To Block Over 9 Million Unregistered Sim Cards
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FG Directs NCC To Block Over 9 Million Unregistered Sim Cards

The Federal Government is set to block over 9 million unregistered mobile phone Sim cards in Nigeria. According to a Government statement, the Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Patanmi has directed the Nigerian Communications Commision(NCC) to block all those sim cards until their users present themselves. “As at today, preliminary investigation revealed, we have over 9 Million unregistered Sim Cards in Nigeria, I have directed the NCC to immediately block those numbers until the users present themselves, ” the Minister said via a tweet on Thursday. Upload Files
Pantami Sets Targets For 6 Agencies Under The Ministry Of Communications
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Pantami Sets Targets For 6 Agencies Under The Ministry Of Communications

The Honourable Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has set targets for the Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of the parastatals under the Ministry as well as the Directors of the Ministry. He urged them to significantly improve the level of their performance to reflect the Next Level paradigm of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR. He made this known during his extensive meetings with and briefings by the various CEOs, which took place over a period of 1 week at the Ministry’s Headquarters in Abuja. The Minister assured the CEOs of the Federal Government’s support as they discharge their duties and reminded them of his commitment to sanction any parastatal that fails to step up its performance. The CEOs were given numerous targets, amongst which a...
FG Issues Order To NCC Over Data Deduction By Service Providers
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FG Issues Order To NCC Over Data Deduction By Service Providers

Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Ali-Pantami, on Thursday, charged the Management of Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, to investigate complaints by Nigerians about illegal data deduction by service providers. Dr. Pantami, who spoke while being briefed by the Executive Chairman of the NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, in his office, said culpable companies should be sanctioned. “I will push all Chief Executive Officers of agencies under the ministry to deliver effective and efficient service to Nigerians in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s Directives,” Mr Pantami stressed. He pointed out that all Chief Executive Officers under the ministry would be giving a Key Performance Indicator, KPI, time to time. The minister said: “Under my supervision, there will be monthly me...
Why fake certificate holders get ministerial appointments – Ex-DSS Director
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Why fake certificate holders get ministerial appointments – Ex-DSS Director

A former assistant director of the Department of State Services, Dennis Amachree, says the DSS has always informed the President about ministerial nominees with fake certificates. He, however, said some still scale through based on political considerations. Amachree said this during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Tuesday. He was asked why some persons with fake certificates had gone on to become ministers despite DSS screening and Senate grilling. In his response, Amachree said the DSS had always investigated the credentials of nominees and sent reports to the President but it was left to the President and the Senate to finalise the appointment. He said, “Some of these things (fake certificates) are discovered. The SSS will not tell you this perso...
Communications Minister, Shittu, Loses Suit Against APC Over “NYSC Certificate”
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Communications Minister, Shittu, Loses Suit Against APC Over “NYSC Certificate”

A Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, on Friday struck out the a suit filed by the Minister of Communications Mr. Adebayo Shittu, against the All Progressives Congress party (APC) for excluding his name from the list of gubernatorial aspirants in 2019 general elections over his inability to present his NYSC certificate. The party refused to allow Shittu participate in the Oyo State gubernatorial primary elections because he failed to take part in the National Youth Service Corps scheme after his graduation from the University. In her ruling, Justice P.I. Ajoku held that the case was struck out due to the fact that Shittu did not file the case within the time stipulated by law. “I must first consider the provision of Section 285 of the constitution that makes it mandatory for...
Free Internet Access For Nigerians is Coming – ICT Minister.
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Free Internet Access For Nigerians is Coming – ICT Minister.

Adebayo Shittu, minister of Communications, has said that the federal government will ensure free access to the internet in public places across Nigeria. Mr Shittu said this in Abuja at a one-day stakeholders workshop on the role of the Public Internet Access for Economic Development. “We are trying to ensure the vision of free Wi-Fi all over, particularly in public spaces, at the airport, schools and all that,” Mr. Shittu said on Tuesday. Mr. Shittu said the government had been trying to ensure that internet accessibility is made available not just for privileged Nigerians but everyone. “The Federal Ministry of Communication will ensure the privacy of beneficiaries of the free internet services is protected,” he said. He said for this to be a reality, more investments...
You Must First Resign As APC Chairman Before Asking INEC Boss To Resign – Adebayo Shittu To Oshiomhole
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You Must First Resign As APC Chairman Before Asking INEC Boss To Resign – Adebayo Shittu To Oshiomhole

Adebayo Shittu, Nigeria's Minister of Communications who reacted to calls for resignation of INEC Boss, Yakubu Mahmood, spearheaded by Adams Oshiomhole, has stated that the former Edo State Governor must first resign as APC Chairman before asking the INEC boss to. The Minister of Communications who spoke on Monday, February 18, with reporters at his Ibadan residence on the rescheduling of the general elections urged Nigerians to give the INEC chairman a benefit of doubt. According to him, if the INEC Chairman resigns, it would affect the conduct of the rescheduled general elections on Saturday, February 23. “When Oshiomhole supervised a horrible primaries elections of the party, who called for his resignation? I will not support such call for resignation of the INEC chairman. To er...
2019: Adebayo Shittu Abandons Buhari/osinbajo Campaign Office, Now For Let
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2019: Adebayo Shittu Abandons Buhari/osinbajo Campaign Office, Now For Let

Nigeria's Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, whose name was struck out of the list of cleared gubernatorial aspirants for APC primaries in Oyo State, has abandoned the Buhari/Osinbajo campaign office. According to Daily Post, Adebayo Shittu closed down the South West campaign office for President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo ahead of the 2019 general elections. The Buhari/Osinbajo campaign office whose inauguration was attended by former Governor of Abia state, Chief Orji Kalu and former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, is strategically located along Mokola-Ojoo Road in the heart of Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, and was meant to serve as the campaign office of Buhari and Osinbajo in the South West region, gubernatorial campaign office and Ministerial of...
I’m Not Ready To Allow My Defamers Smile By Resigning – Adebayo Shittu
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I’m Not Ready To Allow My Defamers Smile By Resigning – Adebayo Shittu

Nigeria's Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, who was disqualified by APC from Oyo Governorship primaries, has stated that he won't be resigning any time soon. According to Adebayo Shittu in an interview with Everest Amaefule, resigning will mean handing his defamers a smile which they never earned. Here are excerpts from the interview; Looking at recent events, you took your party to court; it appears you are planning to defect. Are you planning to defect? No, I will not defect. I have a divine bond with Mr. President, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.). Even as a foundation member of the All Progressives Congress, there has been enough provocation for me to defect but my bond, I believe, is made in heaven with my leader and mentor – the person I am trying to imitate in te...
Minister Of Communications, Adebayo Shittu Sues NYSC, Says ”I Wasn’t Invited For Youth Service”
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Minister Of Communications, Adebayo Shittu Sues NYSC, Says ”I Wasn’t Invited For Youth Service”

Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, has instituted a lawsuit against the National Youth Service Commission, NYSC, saying he was never invited for service after he graduated from the Obafemi Awolowo University OAU in 1978. Shittu who was screened out of the APC governorship primaries in Oyo state last month for not having the mandatory NYSC certificate, filed the suit marked FHC/IB/CS/111/2018 before the Federal High Court in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, through his lawyer, Mr Olalekan Ojo (SAN). Joined as defendants in the suit are Director General, NYSC; the Oyo State Coordinator, NYSC; the NYSC and the Attorney General of the Federation. Relying on Section 2(1) of the National Youth Service Corps Act, 1973, Shittu, who read Law at the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awo...
Adebayo Shittu Drags APC To Court For Disqualifying Him Over NYSC Certificate
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Adebayo Shittu Drags APC To Court For Disqualifying Him Over NYSC Certificate

Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, has filed a lawsuit against the ruling APC for disqualifying him as a governorship aspirant in Oyo state on account of not presenting the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme discharge certificate. The National Working Committee had on September 27th (read here) disqualified Shittu from the Oyo state governorship primary after it was reported on a news platform that the Minister did not participate in the mandatory one year NYSC scheme when he graduated from the faculty of law from the Obafemi Awolowo University in 1978. He graduated at age 25 and failed to observe the mandatory one year service. 65-year-old Shittu, had in his defence, said upon his graduation, he contested for a seat in the state House of Assembly and won. Accord...
NYSC Scandal: Adebayo Shittu Lied! 1979 Constitution Did Not Contradict NYSC Act
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NYSC Scandal: Adebayo Shittu Lied! 1979 Constitution Did Not Contradict NYSC Act

On Thursday, it was revealed that Adebayo Shittu, minister of communications, failed to participate in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme. According to Premium Times , Shittu skipped the compulsory programme after graduating from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU), though he finished school below the required minimum age of 30. Upon graduation from the Nigerian Law School, Lagos, in 1979, he was elected a member of the Oyo state house of assembly at the age of 26. Interestingly, the minister, a lawyer, defended his action. He had told the newspaper that he did not need to participate in the scheme since he had been elected lawmaker. “The constitution provides for the qualification needed for state assembly members, NYSC is not there. I d...
”My Serving In The Oyo State House Of Assembly Is Equal To NYSC Certificate”- Minister Of Communications Speaks
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”My Serving In The Oyo State House Of Assembly Is Equal To NYSC Certificate”- Minister Of Communications Speaks

Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, has reacted to reports that he did not do NYSC.   Premiumtimes in an exclusive report, alleged that Shittu never participated in the mandatory one-year NYSC service. When contacted for his reaction., Shittu said he served in the Oyo state House of Assembly shortly after graduation from University at age 25 and that should suffice for NYSC certificate.  "The constitution provides for the qualification needed for state assembly members, NYSC is not there. I didn’t need it to become a member of the state assembly, and that is already a service." he said   Section 12 of the NYSC Act mandates all employers to demand the national service certificate of prospective employees before hiring.   Section 12 of the Act read...
Another Buhari’s Minister,Adebayo Shittu, Busted For Skipping NYSC, Risks Jail Term
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Another Buhari’s Minister,Adebayo Shittu, Busted For Skipping NYSC, Risks Jail Term

Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet has been found to have skipped the mandatory national youth service scheme, an offence that may see him lose his position and earn him jail term. The Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, failed to participate in the NYSC scheme despite graduating from the then University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) at age 25, PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report. The revelation about Mr. Shittu, who is currently angling to become Oyo State governor, is coming to light about a week after Kemi Adeosun was compelled to step down from her post as Nigeria’s finance minister after this medium reported that she skipped national service and then procured a fake exemption certificate to cover her tracks. Months of discreet checks at the NYSC headquarter...
I’ll Jail Ajimobi When I Become Oyo Gov – Minister
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I’ll Jail Ajimobi When I Become Oyo Gov – Minister

Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu has declared that he will ensure that the incumbent governor of Oyo state, Abiola Ajimobi is jailed when he, Shittu, eventually becomes the governor in 2019. Speaking journalists Tuesday evening in Abuja after a closed door meeting with the APC national chairman Chief John Odigie Oyegun, Shittu also about last Saturdays ward congresses in the state. “He (Ajimobi) has failed in so many things including human relations and others I cannot say openly in the media. Why is he afraid of going to jail if another Buhari like me comes to power in Oyo state? Why is he afraid of primaries? For seven years, he has been running the Local Governments alone without elected officers. What it means is that the LGA funds come directly into his pocket. H...
Sahara Reporter CEO, Omoyele Sowore & Minister, Adebayo Shittu Almost Trade Blows On Radio
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Sahara Reporter CEO, Omoyele Sowore & Minister, Adebayo Shittu Almost Trade Blows On Radio

Minister of Communications Adebayo Shittu and Sahara Reporters publisher Omoyele Sowore traded verbal blows in a radio interview over the weekend. The two were invited as guests on Ibadan’s Fresh FM, where Sowore discussed his 2019 aspirations, and the minister countered him. The two ended up trading words, Shittu calling Sowore a daydreamer who is “inconsequential.” “I am consequential because you came to power on my back, on our backs, on the backs of young people who invested a lot of hope,” Sowore replied. See the interview below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USUA75YSDHM  
APC Reacts To Shittu’s Petition To Buhari, Tinubu, Oyegun
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APC Reacts To Shittu’s Petition To Buhari, Tinubu, Oyegun

The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Oyo state, on Thursday described the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu’s petition to the national leadership of the party as full of lies.   The APC further said the Minister was an enemy of the state for writing such petition to President Muhammadu Buhari, Bolaji Ahmed Tinubu and John Odigie-Oyegun against Governor Abiola Ajimobi.     In his petition, the minister said he ran into trouble with Ajimobi because he frustrated the governor’s attempt to remove unjustly the APC Chairman in the Ido Local Government Area of the state, who he simply identified as Pastor Akintokun.   He also claimed that the governor was not happy that he accepted the chieftaincy title of Agba – Akin Afiwagboye from the Olubadan of...
Govt Decries Influx Of Fake Phones To Nigeria
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Govt Decries Influx Of Fake Phones To Nigeria

The influx of substandard and fake mobile phones has been described as a bad omen, and an economic sabotage for Nigeria, which requires urgent attention to reverse the trend. The Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, who stated this, while inspecting the Computer Village market, Lagos, at the weekend, said it has become necessary for the country to evolve a system of registering all phones coming into it. Shittu, who honoured the invitation of the Computer and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria (CAPDAN) on a tour, noted that local production of telecoms devices must be encouraged to guard against Nigeria becoming a dumping ground for all manners of IT wares. CAPDAN is the umbrella body comprising the Dealers, Vendors, Artisans, Technician and SMEs at the popular Lagos ...
I’m The Next Governor Of Oyo – Minister
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I’m The Next Governor Of Oyo – Minister

Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, has boasted that he is the next governor of Oyo State. He sad the incumbent Governor Abiola Ajimobi would hand over the baton of leadership to him when the time is ripe. The minister dropped the hint, weekend, while featuring on a private radio programme in the state capital. Shittu noted that ‎other gubernatorial aspirants in the All Progressives Congress in the state would join him in winning the election. The minister during the programme observed that his political maturity and experience would make other aspirants to work for him to become the next governor of the state. “I am not afraid of other aspirants. I have the experience, I have been in politics since I was a student and I have been serving the government too. “So I...
Nigeria Seeks Foreign Investors For Smart Cities Project
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Nigeria Seeks Foreign Investors For Smart Cities Project

The Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, says Nigeria is set to hold a smart cities summit in June as part of efforts by the Federal Government to develop ICT sector in the country. Mr. Shittu disclosed this in an interview the News Agency of Nigeria on the sideline of the Transform Africa Summit held in Kigali, Rwanda, an ICT conference focused on development of smart cities. The minister, who said the plan was to replicate the unparalleled ICT transformation of Rwanda in Nigeria, said the “Smart Cities Nigeria 2017 Summit” was scheduled for June 28 and 29. NAN reports that a smart city is an urban development vision to integrate in ICT and Internet of Things (IoT) technology in a secure fashion to manage a city’s assets The initiative aims at leveraging technology soluti...
Yemi Osinbajo At The Presidential Quarterly Business Forum
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Yemi Osinbajo At The Presidential Quarterly Business Forum

Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo declared open the 3rd Presidential Quarterly Business Forum at the State House Banquet Hall, Abuja today May 8th. Okechukwu Enelamah, Minister of Trade, Investment and Industry, Kemi Adeosun Minister of Finance, Sen. Udo Udo Udoma were in attendance at the 3rd Presidential Quarterly Business Forum. Minister of Budget & National Planning, Lai Mohammed Minister of Information and Culture, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communications.