- Isa Pantami is the most outstanding minister of the year according to a magazine
- The magazine credited the minister for innovative projects in the ministry he supervises
- Recall that the minister is facing criticism over his sermon on extremists
The minister of communications and digital economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami has been conferred the most outstanding minister of the year award.
The award was given by People and Power Magazine.
In a post by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, Nigeria on Facebook the award was in recognition of the laudable policies developed by the ministry under him.
The post listed the NIN –SIM Data linkage, the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy for a Digital Nigeria as reasons why the award was conferred on him.
The development has led to different reactions on Facebook with some people congratulating him while others faulted the award.
In his reaction, Zahd Khamis wrote:
"You deserved modern that sir. May Almighty Allah continue bless your heart and continue guard you to do the needful sir."
Rabiu Ibrahim added:
"Masha Allah may Almighty Allah guide you protect you against your enemy and our great nation at large and put more blessing on your life and ours. The digital sheikh."
Meanwhile, President Muham"madu Buhari on Thursday, May 6 received his National Identity Number, NIN card from the minister of communications and digital economy, Dr Isa Pantami.
The president received the card during the launch of the National Policy for the Promotion of Indigenous Content in the Nigerian Telecommunications Sector & Revised National Identity Policy for Sim Card Registration held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Speaking at the event, President Buhari said the objectives of his administration in the areas of security, economic development and anti-corruption aligns with the policies initiated by the ministry of communications and digital economy.
The president noted that previous attempts to promote the use of digital identity in the past were futile due to a number of reasons, including sabotage.
In another report, a Nigerian Senator declared that the upper chamber should not be blamed for clearing Dr. Isa Pantami for his appointment as the minister of communication and digital economy.
Dr. Ajibola Basiru, the chairman, Senate committee on media and public affairs, made this known while speaking in Abuja on Saturday, May 1.
Basiru stated this is a reaction to Nigerians who blamed the red chamber for not doing a thorough screening on Pantami before his appointment was confirmed.