By Harry Awurumibe, Editor Abuja Bureau
Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, Wednesday announced that the Federal Executive Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja has approved the national policy on virtual engagements in federal and public institutions.
Pantami spoke to State House Correspondents after the weekly FEC meeting.
According to him, “a joint memorandum between Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy and the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation was approved by FEC.
Pantami said: “In January 2020 as we all know, the world had been taken by surprise with the emergence of COVID-19 in which the World Health Organization declared it as a global health challenge.
“By 11th March 2020, WHO declared it as a pandemic and that COVID-19 has disrupted the world and the way we conduct our activities and now virtual engagements are becoming the new normal.
“It is because of this that we came up with a memo that will institutionalize virtual engagements in federal public institutions in order to make sure that even after COVID, virtual engagement is recognized by the Federal Government of Nigeria as a medium of communication.
“It is because of this we came up with this memo.”