Pantami harps on digital government, society at CIO awards

Transformational personalities in the tech ecosystem were celebrated at the third edition of the CIO Awards, with the theme “Honouring Digital Eminence”. Edniesal Consulting Limited, an enterprise governance firm, organised the event, which took place in Lagos.

Chairman of the occasion, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, represented by the Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Engineer Aliyu Aziz, said the award ceremony is a testimony that the contribution of those who have greatly shaped the industry, disrupted the ecosystem, and immensely added to the economy with their creative ideas and solutions will not go unnoticed.
According to him, the projects and initiatives of the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy and its commitment to the digital transformation of Nigeria are being enabled through the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS), whose focus is for the digital economy to drive other sectors in the economy, while facilitating the digitalization of all sectors in Nigeria.
“In essence, we need a digital government, a digital society, and also a digital economy for a digital transformation to improve the lives of our people and support stronger communities.
The task at hand requires a nationwide coordinated effort. For stakeholders, it must be a collaborative effort to reorganize administration and governance. I want to implore all participants here to study the strategy and see areas of collaboration to transform Nigeria.

“In her welcome speech, the convener, CIO Awards and the CIO Club Africa, Abiola Laseinde, said that the CIO Awards is the first of its kind in Nigeria and it has now embarked on an African expansion to include digital leaders from Kenya, South Africa, and Ghana.
According to her, the awards are widely recognized and warmly saluted by winners and fellow participants.
“This year, the awards categories have been increased to include media, education and social services. Our special awardees are transformational leaders who are running the most successful projects, winning initiatives, and driving transformational growth in the industry,” she added.