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By Emma Okonji
The Federal Government has been urged to adopt and implement new technologies in order to address the alleged misappropriation of public funds, as currently being investigated at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Pension Fund among others.
Group Head, Federal Public Sector at Galaxy Backbone, Mr. Frank Ugbodaga who threw the challenge at government at the just concluded 4th West African Information and Communications Technology (WAFICT) Congress and Exhibition in Lagos, said if the right technology was adopted and implemented within the government circles, it would create accountability and transparency in governance, and breed trust among government officials.
He urged government to reform the system through the use of appropriate technologies that would address corruption.
“The way things are going in government, compelled Galaxy Backbone to go the extra mile in providing the right interconnectivity in government, using the best technology to ensure that public funds are not misappropriated in any form,” Ugbodaga said and advised government to use such technology in assessing itself and ensure that governance is transparent at all levels.
In a chat with THISDAY, Ugbodaga said Galaxy Backbone was established in 2006 and was mandated to create a central network backbone that would provide connectivity to all Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), with the intent that the connectivity would boost transparency and reduce financial leakages in government circles.
But he lamented that most MDAs were yet to adopt the Galaxy Backbone connectivity technology, for fear of the use of shared infrastructure that would boost transparency in governance. The refusal by MDAs to adopt and implement the new technology was largely responsible for misuse of public funds, participants at the congress said.
According to him, since the creation of Galaxy Backbone, the company has harmonised two major infrastructure of government to allow for seamless interconnectivity, and that for the first time, Nigeria has one network connecting all MDAs.
“So far, 450 MDAs have been connected in 3,000 locations,” Ugbodaga said, adding that the connectivity would support all government online businesses, including the planned rollout of its online payroll system.
He challenged MDAs to make full use of the connectivity provided by Galaxy Backbone in all transactions, lamenting the situation where MDAs were using the connectivity for Internet access only.
WAFICT Congress is a technology conference and exhibition that showcases the best of technologies from industry players across West Africa. It is an annual event organised by IT & Telecoms Digest.