Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, has directed some agencies under his supervision to commence communicating in local languages projects implemented for Nigerians under President Muhammadu Buhari.
Pantami said these projects would be communicated in Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba and Fulfude.
He spoke while inaugurating two inter-agency committees with the mandate to review, collate, commission and communicate in local languages ICT projects implemented under Buhari.
A statement released by the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, Dr. Henry Nkemadu, said the two Ministerial committees which are Completed Projects Review Committee and Committee on Media Engagement in Local Languages are chaired by Ayuba Shuaibu, Executive Secretary, Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) and Dr. Usman Gambo Abdullahi, Director, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) respectively.
The Minister disclosed that members of the committees are drawn from all the five agencies supervised by his Ministry which include NCC, NITDA, Galaxy Backbone, NIGCOMSAT and NIPOST.
Pantami lamented that projects successfully completed by the Ministry across the country have not been sufficiently communicated in local languages.
According to him, “There has not been so much awareness creation on the presence of these projects among Nigerians who are the ultimate beneficiaries.”
Commenting on the activities of the Ministerial Committee, Pantami said: “The committee will work to ensure awareness creation about the projects, their locations and benefits to Nigerians using local languages such as Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba and Fulfude spoken in the zone where the projects are sited.”