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 Information & Communications Dept

 
The Information and Communications department is directly responsible for overseeing the reforms the communications sector of the country. The department also oversees the restructuring and privatisation enterprises in the sector that have been slated for privatisation.
 
The department is comprised of three units and its remit includes overseeing reform in three sectors:
1.    Telecommunications
2.    Media
3.    Postal Sector
 
The Department managed the implementing process of the Federal Government's reform programme for the telecommunications sector in February 2000. This included the synchronizing, coordinating and monitoring all activities relating to the reform, restructuring, deregulation and privatisation of the Telecommunications Sector.
Following attempts since the commencement of the privatization programme, to commercialize government-owned media enterprises and in line with the Bureau’s reform initiative for the media sector, the department having carried out preliminary due diligence in 2002 and a Diagnostic Review in 2007, is working with the Ministry of Information to set up a Steering Committee and a Project Delivery Team (PDT) to come up with a revised media policy for Nigeria that would be more investor friendly assessment of the regulatory framework for media industry in Nigeria, including but not limited to analysis of media operations based on international best practices.
 
In March 2007, the department supervised the activities of Nethpost Consultancy of the Netherlands that was engaged to provide advisory services for the reform of the sector and the restructuring of the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST). The Department is currently collaborating with the Federal Ministry of Communications to carry out the reform of the postal sector and the basic governance framework for the project.
 
The department is also driving the Bureau’s involvement in the National Financial Inclusion Strategy for the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST), which is being driven by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). The strategy is to decrease the percentage of Nigerians that are financially excluded from 46.3 % in 2010 to 20 % in 2020.
 
Enterprises in the Department
1.    Telecommunications
a.    Nigerian Telecommunications Limited and its subsidiary, Mobile Telecommunications Ltd.
 
2.    Media
a.    Nigeria Television Authority (NTA)
b.    Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN)
c.    News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)
d.    Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC)
 
3.    Postal Sector
Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST)
 

 Director's Profile

 
 
ALIYU A. MAIGARI is the Director, Information and Communications Department.  He spent most of his career in the BPE leading the Stakeholders’ Relation Unit as the Head of the unit and also as Director, Industries and Services Department. 
 
Born in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State, in North-East Nigeria on July 31, 1958, Maigari attended Islamiyya School, Michika between 1963 and 1968.  He later proceeded to Zaibadari Primary School, Michika between 1968 to 1973 where he obtained his First Leaving School Certificate.  He attended Arabic Teachers College, Gombe between 1973 and 1978 for his Teachers College Certificate. 
 
Maigari graduated from the Bayero University, Kano in 1983 with Bachelors of Arts degree in Education (Islamic Studies) in 1979.  Also, he obtained a Masters of Science degree in Public Administration from the University of Maiduguri in 1997. 
 
He has attended several career development programs such as the Strategic Management programme, South Africa Graduate School of Business Leadership, Johannesburg, Executive Team Leadership Training, Lagos Business School, Management Leadership in Sales and Marketing, Lagos Business School, Lagos, etc.  He also attended the Policy & Strategic Leadership Course (PSLC), Course 19 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Plateau State. 
 
He began his career at the State House in the Protocol Department in 1983, where he spent about sixteen (16) years.
 
Maigari, who speaks Fulfulde, Hausa, English and Arabic fluently, is widely travelled and happily married with children.