Minister urges Nigerians to Harness ICT potential for economic development

Na’ankwat Dariem, Abuja


The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi- Adebayo has urged Nigerians to embrace and take advantage of the potentials in ICT which would in turn create jobs and enhance the country’s economy.

Adebayo who stated this during a familiarisation tour of Galaxy Back Bone Limited Tier III Data and Network Operations Centre in Abuja, said ICT has the potential of becoming Nigeria’s major source of revenue.

The Minister also commended the initiative of Galaxy Backbone, GBB in its efforts in the development of Information, Communication and Technology, ICT across government agencies and its contribution towards nation building.

“It is very impressive. I have equipment in my office. Sometimes I use it but I didn’t realise how much had gone into it, to actually make what I have in my office work. I have taken a lot of attention to details. The fact that you have this kind of equipment and a backup to it is really impressive. So people can set up smaller companies and tap into the internet capacity that they have, to start their businesses which will go a long way in creating jobs. There are a lot of things that can be done with the resources that GBB has here,” Adebayo explained.

The Chief Executive Officer, Galaxy Backbone Mr. Yusuf Kazaure conducted the Minister’s team to strategic locations within the Data Centre Facility including the Network Operating Centre (NOC), National Shred Services Centre (NSSC), Telepresence Room, Data Centre Room and the Power Room.

Innovative Institution
Kazaure said that GBB had grown into a modern and innovative institution that thrived, in its determination to deliver the highest level of customer and service excellence, guided by international standards.

He further said that GBB played a key role in the implementation of the E-government master plan for the country.

Kazaure also said the Data Centre is a world-class infrastructure of 128 rack spaces, scalable to 512 racks with the latest ISO 2000 certification and manned by well-trained data centre experts to ensure reliability and efficient services.

“Galaxy Backbone has uptime certified Tier III Datacenter within the nation’s public sector. Our primary datacenter is located in Abuja and a secondary datacenter of the same standard in Enugu,”  the CEO said.

Second Phase of NICTIB
He explained that the agency would soon launch the second phase of its National Information and Communications Technology Infrastructure Backbone (NICTIB) which would create local content and build capacity through the deployment of fiber cables to deepen connectivity that would cover all State capitals across the country.

“In investing in technology infrastructure across the nation is our goal to create robust platform that offers services such as collocation of servers; cloud back-up, cloud storage, virtual machine, disaster recovery, web hosting and content management and security in line with our licensing obligations,” he said.

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