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COVID-19: Govt okays IT firm ‘to upgrade Federal MDAs’

COVID-19: Govt okays IT firm ‘to upgrade Federal MDAs’
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Galaxy Backbone Limited says it has received a marching order to upgrade the technology facilities of Federal Government institutions to enable them to run virtually in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.

The IT services firm of Federal Government of Nigeria says that President Muhammadu Buhari “has approved that Galaxy Backbone carry out the upgrade of ICT Infrastructure to boost the provision of Local Area Network (LAN) and other digital services to Federal Government Ministries, Departments & Agencies”

No financial details of the planned upgrade of the MDAs was disclosed, but the approval came following the disclosure at the Federal Executive Council Meeting held September 2, according to the tech firm.

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President Muhammadu Buhari

“This approval was realized through the efforts of the Honourable Minister of Communications & Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami in his strides to make Nigeria a digital nation in the near future” Galaxy Backbone (GBB), the digital, network & shared services provider to the government and agency of the Ministry of Communications & Digital Economy says in a statement.

“Now we have some that are up to 11 or 12 years. So there is need for these facilities to be upgraded. Why? Because we are going virtual almost every day. Only God Almighty knows when this COVID pandemic will leave us. However, we are very optimistic and prayerful. It is because of this that Mr President has directed that we should conduct an audit assessment of all the Federal Public Institutions and their need in order to upgrade their facilities”

Dr. Isa Ali Pantami, Communications & Digital Economy Minister.

While commenting on the planned upgrade of Federal MDAs, Minister of Communications & Digital Economy says that the realities of COVID-19 has seen the increasing use of technology to run the government in Nigeria.

According to the Minister, Galaxy Backbone has deployed ICT infrastructure in places like State House, where they have 1500 LAN (local area network) points; Federal Secretariat, Phase One ,  2750 LAN points); Federal Secretariat, Phase Two, 4896 LAN points; SGF’s Office, 1176 and Mabushi, 800 LAN points.

“Most of the facilities being used had been deployed  10, 11 or 12 years ago. The most recent facilities in most of the places are the one deployed eight years ago and the validity of most of these facilities is five years maximum”, according to Pantami. 

“Now we have some that are up to 11 or 12 years. So there is need for these facilities to be upgraded. Why? Because we are going virtual almost every day. Only God Almighty knows when this COVID pandemic will leave us. However, we are very optimistic and prayerful. It is because of this that Mr President has directed that we should conduct an audit assessment of all the Federal Public Institutions and their need in order to upgrade their facilities”, the Minister says. 

According to him, “We have done that, and the report has been presented before the Council being chaired by our boss Mr President.” 

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Professor Muhammad Abubakar, Managing Director/Chief Executive of Galaxy Backbone

Earlier in April this year, Professor Muhammad Abubakar, Managing Director/Chief Executive of Galaxy Backbone, says the firm enabled executive officers of the Government to communicate amongst themselves while maintaining the principles of social distancing at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“We have deployed Video Conferencing facilities and IP Telephony to the State House to enable effective communication and possible online meetings of Mr President with members of the Presidential Task Force on COVID -19, Honourable Ministers, top government officials and other NEC members”, Abubakar says.

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