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Pantami Exalts Journalists, Says They Play Critical Role In Democracy Stability



Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ibrahim Pantami

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ibrahim Pantami has assured that prices of data and telecommunication services will crash by 40 percent following steps taken by the Federal Government to attract huge local and foreign investments.

According to the minister, the Federal Government has addressed two critical challenges in the telecommunications industry, particularly Right of Way (RoW) charges and infrastructural protection and development.

Pantami made this remarks while declaring open a week-long training programme organised by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) for ICT/Telecomm reporters in Abuja.

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He maintained that improvement on infrastructure has pushed up broadband penetration from 30 percent to 40.18 within the past one year.

The training programme, which began at the Public Service Institute of Nigeria, Kubwa, Abuja, had the theme “Digital skills in news reporting for ICT journalists”

The Minister also noted that federal government is targeting 40 percent reduction in data prices and other telecommunication services between now and 2025.

He asserted that it was part of the policy measures taken by the present administration to promote digital economy and improve the living standard of the citizenry.

The Minister further stressed the Federal Government commitment in putting emphasis on skill acquisition and development, rather than certificates and degrees, adding that by doing so millions of jobs would be created in all sectors of the economy.

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Speaking on the training for newsmen, Pantami said it was part of government’s contribution towards upgrading the skills and knowledge of members of the Fourth Estate of the Realm as the new knowledge acquired during the programme would benefit the larger society.

Echoing the impact of journalists towards a knowlegde-based economy, the minister said journalists roles cannot be over emphasised, pointing out that while professionalism, fairness, and justice in reportage of news and events are critical, journalism remains the key to stable democracy and good governance.

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Hammed Tajudeen is the editor in-chief of Blaze News, holds Higher National Diploma(HND) in Mass Communication, graduated from Osun State Polytechnic, Iree.

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