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Reactions trail as Nigerian minister orders govt agencies to stop using foreign mailing services



Pantami, a Nigerian minister linked to terrorism, has instructed government ministries and agencies to stop using Gmail and Yahoo Mail for formal communication.

While speaking on Wednesday addressing newsmen at the end of the weekly federal executive council (FEC) meeting presided over by Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo., Mr. Pantami emphasized that all government institutions must use an official communication medium rather than popular email systems like Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Hotmail, and others.


The federal government has barred the use of generic internet domains for official purposes, according to Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and Digital Economy.

He went on to note that the council adopted the “National Policy on the Government, Second Level Domain,” which requires all official communications to be moved from generic domains to the country’s second-level domain under the government’s top-level domain.

Pantami, whose resignation had been desired by many Nigerians due to terrorism-related statements, said that all government agencies must use an official communication medium and avoid utilizing public email systems like Gmail, Yahoo mail, Hotmail, and others.

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

“Some government entities, for example, will engage in official communications utilizing private email:,, and, as you will find today.”

“And it is an official correspondence, and someone may resign, or his tenure may be completed, or the tenure may be terminated, and he will depart using the same email.” And there are a lot of official documents in that email.

“As a result, the government will no longer accept this.” Any official messages must be sent using an official email address that ends in ‘,’ not a generic address. The most significant thing is ‘.ng,’ which represents our national identity.”

“There are many different types of second-level domains; some are for military purposes, such as mil. ng, which is a short version of military. ng for Nigeria.” You can, which stands for government and Nigeria.

“There are several types of second-level domains, as well as our country’s top-level domain.”

ng must be in our websites so that anyone who visits would recognize that it is a Nigerian site, and email must represent the official name.”



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