Isa Ali Ibrahim
Isa Ali Ibrahim also known as Sheikh Pantami (born 20 October 1972) is the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy in Nigeria. He was the Director General and CEO of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) of Nigeria
from 26 September 2016 – 20 August 2019 when he was nominated as minister and sworn into office on 21 August 2019.
"Dr Pantami is the first Minister of Communications and Digital Economy after the re-designation of the Ministry's Name to include responsibilities for creating and formulating Policies for a sustainable Digital Economy for Nigeria. He has hitherto received an award as the "ICT Promoter of the Year 2017" in London by The Nigerian in recognition of "positive contributions to the ICT revolution in Nigeria, youth empowerment & good governance".
Within little less than 3 years of his stewardship, he has received over 110 awards and recognitions both within and outside Nigeria." Under his supervision, the growth rate of the ICT sector rose 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%. Dr Pantami also received special commendation from the president of the federal republic of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari over the enrollment of over 12 million Nigerians into the National Identity Database within 6 months.