The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, has bagged the 2020 Minister of the Year Award for his contribution to the development of the communications and digital economy sector.
Receiving the award during the 10th anniversary/ impart series and awards of the Blueprint Newspaper Ltd with the theme ‘Technology innovation as antidote to election rigging’ held in Abuja, he thanked the organisers for recognising his modest achievements in the communications and digital economy sector, saying the award would further energize him and his team to contribute meaningfully in the service of the country.
A statement by the minister’s technical assistant (Information Technology), Dr Femi Adeluyi, said Pantami came top in the keenly contested award at the Blueprint Newspapers’ 10th year anniversary and 2020 Impact Series/Awards.
It said the minister was selected as the winner based on his major achievements in the three major priority areas of the government – economy, transparency and security, and the excellence with which he carried out his task of leading the communications and digital economy sector.
According to Adeluyi, the coordinators of the award said Pantami stood out as a result of the significant role the ICT sector played in lifting Nigeria out of recession, the rapid development of the digital economy sector under his watch and his exemplary leadership and synergy among the ministry’s parastatals among others.
The organisers said the event was “organised to honour key political actors, individuals and heads of ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) who have proved their worth in specific areas of governance such as education, urban renewal and rural infrastructure and the ease of doing business, among others”.
The event was graced by the President of the Senate and other leading members of the society. It had a number of high-profile recipients like a former president and some serving governors, who were conferred with awards in various categories for some accomplishments in different endeavours.