FMCDE Achievements

Some selected achievements since assumption of office as the Honourable Minister of Communications & Digital Economy include:

  1. Unprecedented ICT Sector contribution of 18.44% to the total real GDP in Q2 2020. 
  2. Unprecedented 17.92% highest ever contribution to the country’s GDP by the ICT Sector in the 2nd Quarter of 2021. Having also accomplished increased in the growth rate of the ICT sector to 14.70% in the 4th Quarter of 2020 making it the best performing sector of the economy that contributed to Nigeria’s exit from recession. This is 4 times more than the Agriculture Sector which came next with a growth rate of 3.42
  3. Redesignation of the Ministry to the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital  Economy to further expand its mandate to capture the goals of digitalisation of Nigeria for sustainable growth.
  4. Successfully Chaired the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2022 and received letter of commendation from the ITU Secretary General in June 2022
  5. MoU signing and launching the implementation of trans-Sahara fibre optics covering 7 countries From Nigeria to Algeria through Niger Republic, Mauritania, Mali, & Chad
  6. The laying of solid foundation for security enhancement in the country by successful validation of improperly registered 9.2 million SIM Cards that were found to be improperly registered in September 2019.
  7. Completion and launching of the Emergency Communication Centres (ECC) all over the country for the first time. 24 Centres are functional as at October 2021.
  8. The increase of broadband penetration to over 45% indicating 10% increase in growth per year from the previous 1.7% growth per year.
  9. Developed and secured approval of the Federal Executive Council for the National Policy on Fifth Generation (5G) Networks for Nigeria’s Digital Economy.
  10. Successfully supervised the auctioning of the 5G spectrum and its subsequent release by the National Frequency Management Council (NFMC).
  11. The successful transformation and restructuring of NIPOST for effective service delivery. Two companies were established: Properties and Development company and Logistics and Transport company.
  12. Anchored and secured Federal Executive Council’s approval for the Nigeria Startup Bill to harness the potential of the digital economy through co-created regulations.
  13. Establishment of 1667 ICT Centres in Nigeria through the intervention of Parastatals supervised by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy
  14. Secured the approval and supervised the distribution of 6000 epads to Nigerian institutions to promote virtual teaching, learning and other scholarly activities.
  15. Secured a partnership with Microsoft to train 5 million Nigerians in ICT related and Emerging Technology Courses.
  16. Secured a partnership with HUAWEI that attracted free training for over 30,000 Nigerians and promoted the establishment of 300 HUAWEI ICT Academies in Nigeria. MoU Signed on: 20th December 2021.
  17. Secured a partnership with KOICA that attracted a total grant aid of USD 13 Million for the Federal Government to support the Project for Building Foundation towards Digital Governance in Nigeria in the 2nd Phase of the eGovernment Project for Nigeria by KOICA. MoU Signed on: 5th August 2021.
  18. The successful hosting of successive e-Nigeria International Conference, Exhibition and Awards. For the third consecutive time (24th November 2016, 7th November, 2017, 5th November, 2018 & 28th November, 2019), the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, was in attendance and declared the event open.
  19. The successful development and subsequent unveiling of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy by Mr President, during the Opening Ceremony of e-Nigeria International Conference, Exhibition and Awards.
  20. Successful development of the National Broadband Plan (2020-2025) and subsequent inauguration of a Presidential Committee tasked with the mandate of crafting a new plan that will facilitate the attainment of 70% Broadband penetration by 2025.
  21. Secured approval for implementation of the National Information and Communication Technology Infrastructure Backbone (NICTIB 2) Project which commenced in 2021.
  22. Secured approval for the deployment of SimBox and Unmasking Regulatory Systems to promote Cybersecurity and increase revenue generation.
  23. Led the Nigerian Delegation to Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX), World Trade Centre, Dubai, UAE 6th – 10th October 2019 and presented papers as well as participated in panel discussions. Also, the first time in the history of Nigeria’s participation at GITEX, a Nigerian Start-up, Chiniki-Guard, won the first prize of $10,000 in the AI category.
  24. Successful increase in the number of Nigerians with digital identity by over 400 percent (400%) monthly since January 2021 and automation of the registration processes which led to the enrollment of over 30 million Nigerians into the National Identity Database within 12 months increasing number of enrolled citizens to over 71 million.
  25. Secured approval for the implementation of tokenization solution for National Identification Number (NIN) to promote data privacy and protect the personal information of citizens.
  26. Successful downward review and compliance of Right of Way (RoW) Levy by State Governments to N145 per linear meter to promote broadband penetration. (2019)
  27. Successful development of a National Policy that led to the establishment and management of the First National Centre for Artificial Intelligence & Robotics. (2021)
  28. Secured Federal Executive Council approval for the construction of the National Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre, Abuja to drive NDEPS implementation and objects of the National Digital Innovation & Entrepreneurship Policy. (2021)
  29. Secured Federal Executive Council approval for the construction of the National ICT Park, Abuja to drive NDEPS implementation. (2021)