By Olubunmi Adeniyi
Lagos. April 26, 2013: Galaxy Backbone Limited, the government technology services company is a key driver of the Federal Government’s effort to deliver critical online services to bridge the gap between the public sector and its various public in Nigeria.
Henry Akpan, the new Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Communication Technology made the assertion in Abuja during his tour of Galaxy facilities as part of his familiarisation tour of agencies supervised by the Ministry.
Akpan says he is confident that the e-government initiatives of the Ministry were in excellent hands with the quality of facilities and professionals that Galaxy Backbone parades in its operations.
According to him, the present administration’s committed focus on ICT as one of the key drivers of the Nigerian economy is a positive indication that the country will soon become a competitive and knowledge-driven society.
Gerald Ilukwe, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Galaxy Backbone, says the company’s commitment and determination to support the Federal Government by providing a platform for improved engagement between the Federal Government, its agencies and Nigerians.
In his welcome address to the Permanent Secretary and his team, Ilukwe, says that Galaxy has leveraged its mandate to build a common services platform consisting of extensive technology infrastructure since it commenced operations in 2008.
The company has also built in-country and offshore VSAT hubs, a Data Centre, Federal Capital Metro fibre optic backbone and multiple redundant Internet gateways.
He said that Galaxy is primed to impact government ecosystem through the delivery of various e-government services that include government common network, government wide messaging and collaboration, single window portal, automation of cabinet secretariat operations through the expansion of its data center storage capacity.
Ilukwe adds Galaxy Backbone is also supporting enhancement of network security, the use of virtualized server and storage infrastructure and enhanced network infrastructure for its WANs, metro-fibre and Federal Secretariat LANs.
He used the opportunity to commend the leadership of the Ministry of Communication Technology for the newly-launched Government Service Portal being hosted by Galaxy Backbone.