Gombe seeks ICT Firm intervention in technology infrastructure

By Na'ankwat Dariem, Abuja

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The Gombe State government is to collaborate with Galaxy Backbone Ltd (GBB) on ICT infrastructure and services for effective governance.

The State Commissioner of Science and Technology Innovation, Dr Aisha Umar-Mairiga disclosed this when she paid a courtesy call on the Managing Director of Galaxy Back Bone, GBB, Prof. Mohammed Abubakar in Abuja, Nigeria.

She said that the aim of the visit was to seek the Company’s intervention in providing technical assistance and ICT infrastructure to enable the state key into the digital economy drive of the federal government.

Umar explained that the Governor of the state had approved the standardisation of their website in preparation for the take off of e-governance and e-council.

“Presently our State website is domiciled here and our governor has given approval for Standardisation of the website of all MDAs in preparation for the take off of e-governance and e-council.

Our website is hosted by the GBB. The hotspot in government house is also managed by Galaxy, so there are a lot of areas that we can work together and see what we can achieve,” she said.

According to the Commissioner, the state will leverage on ICT in order to make it an ICT hub in the region through partnership with GBB.

She noted that the partnership is expected to provide job opportunities and empowerment through ICT skills.

The Commissioner For Science, Technology & Innovation, Gombe State Government Dr. Umar Maigari on a tour of the Tier III Datacentre & Network Monitoring & Operations Centre

Digitisation of Gombe state

In his remarks, the MD of GBB, Mohammed Abubakar said that e-governance, e-commerce and e-health among others have to be promoted so that Nigeria can be fully digitised.

He noted that one of the eight pillars of the Federal Government’s Digital Economy Strategy Policy Plan launched in 2019 by President Muhammadu Buhari is to drive ICT in the country.

He assured the Gombe state government of the Company’s support in building existing relationship that will assist the state in ICT development.

“To build on what we have started, we will give you 100 per cent support; we will come up with a framework on how we can forge ahead. We want a situation where each and everyone now is brought on board in ICT as far as digitisation is concerned, and it is one of the things you have brought to us in the interest of the government of Gombe. We will standardise everything under one platform so that data can be easily shared across all government entities’’ Professor Abubakar said.

He added that “In GBB, our major concern is to act as a conduit to deliver the ICT product. We provide the storage where everything will be collected in a secured manner so that government organisations will have a centralised depository.”

Galaxy Backbone is the Information Technology and Shared Services Provider of the Federal Government of Nigeria, with a mandate to enable the Digital Economy initiatives of government under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy.

 

Emmanuel Ukoh