Minister linked to terrorism, Pantami, orders government ministries and agencies to stop using Gmail and Yahoo Mail for official communications

Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, said the federal government has banned the use of generic internet domains for official purposes.

Pantami said so on Wednesday while addressing reporters at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.



The minister, controversial for his extremist terrorist preaching, said the council had approved the “National Policy on Government, Second-Level Domain”, which mandates the migration of all official communications from generic domains to the second-level domain of the nation under the superior government. level domain.

Pantami, whose removal had been requested by many Nigerians following terrorism-related comments, explained that all government agencies must switch to an official means of communication and stop using public email systems such as Gmail, Yahoo mail, Hotmail and others.

“This policy has been approved, and it focuses more on the mandate of federal public institutions, ministries, departments, agencies (MDAs) and all institutions as long as they are for the government; they should migrate from using generic domains in their websites and emails to our second-level domain under the government top-level domain,” Pantami said.

“For example, you will find today that some government institutions will engage in official communications using private email: yahoo.com, hotmail.com, gmail.com.

“And it’s an official communication and someone can retire or complete their term or the term can be terminated, and they’ll go with the same email. And in this e-mail, there are many official documents.

“So this will no longer be tolerated by the government. All official communication should use an official email and this email should not be generic, it should be “.gov.ng”. What is most important is the ‘.ng’ which is our national identity.

“There are many second level domain categories, some are for the military, you will see like mil.ng mil is a short form of military.ng for Nigeria. You can see .gov.ng — Gov for government and ng for Nigeria.

“So there are categories of second level domain, while our national.ng top level domain must be present on our websites so that anyone accessing them will know that this website is from Nigeria, while for email , it should reflect the official name.”

Ashley C. Reynolds