Minister of Communications, Pantami, Promoted to Prof. of Cyber Security


Dr Isa Ali Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy has been promoted to Professor of Cyber Security.

Pantami is one of seven Readers (Associate Professors) appointed by the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) Governing Council at its 186th meeting.

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Lawrence Ettu (Civil Engineering), Godfrey Emeghara (Maritime Management Technology), Okechukwu Onyelucheya (Chemical Engineering), Alex Opara (Geology), Conrad Enenebeaku (Chemistry), and Chikwendu Okereke (Chemistry) are among the other physicians (Geology).

The Academic Staff Appointment and Promotions Committee (Professorial) recommended that nine Senior Lecturers be promoted to Readers and two Senior University Librarians be promoted to Deputy University Librarians, which the council approved.

Pantami has lectured on ICT at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) in Bauchi before winning the Security and Emergency Management Award (SAEMA) for Cyber Security.

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In 2014, he became the Head of Technical Writing at the Islamic University of Madinah, and in 2016, he was named Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

A professorial title denotes national and international leadership and remarkable contributions in research, scholarship, teaching/mentorship, and learning.

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The Senate determines the rank in Nigerian universities, and the institution determines the indicators for nomination due to autonomy.

Pantami has previously stated that he will not be paid because of his current position, according to a senior lecturer at the FUTO.

Even if exceptions are granted, the staff indicated that the professorship process is generally meticulous.

“A professorship is a practical element of an expert with the ability to profess his competence in his field/profession; an expert with the ability to proclaim his expertise in his field/profession.

“Appointment and conferral of a professorship is an annual process that begins with an application by adequately qualified individuals through recruitment or promotion.

“A panel of assessors (usual professors) evaluates the application internally, including appropriate members of a university’s Senate standing committee on Appointment and Promotion.

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“The university notifies the candidate of his or her appointment as professor, subject to the approval of three External Academic Assessors, one of whom may be a well-known professor from Europe or North America.

“These external assessors are unaffiliated with the applicant and hold a doctorate in a field related to the applicant’s primary research and academic interests.

“The referees must not have supervised or participated in any research/scholarly initiatives with the applicant, and they must not be related to the applicant in any way,” he said.

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