By Dele Ogbodo in Abuja
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Galaxy Backbone Ltd, Mr. Yusuf Kazaure, has reiterated the commitment of the company to use its infrastructure to drive Nigeria’s digital growth.
Investing in ICT infrastructure, he stated, would position Nigeria as an emerging market leader on the African continent.
Mr. Frankly Ginger-Eke, Spokesperson for the agency, in a signed statement on behalf of the company’s Managing Director, made the disclosure at the 2016 Innovation Africa Digital (IAD) Summit which held in Abuja recently.
Kazaure said: “We are fully conscious of the need to be in the vanguard of Nigeria’s digital growth especially within the public sector.
“Over the years, we have made significant investments in human and technological resources based on our vision to be the leading enabler of digital inclusion in Africa.”
He told a cross section of global ICT experts at the summit that harnessing Africa’s digital growth was a key challenge facing African leaders both in government and business.
He stressed the need for high-level dialogue that would draw attention to the nature of decisions and actions necessary for the digital transformation of the continent for a better future.
The Galaxy Backbone boss tasked policy makers, regulators, service providers, solutions providers and ICT experts on the continent to leverage the huge investments already made in ICTs to innovate and induce organic growth in Africa.
While explaining its role and mandate in the digital drive among government agencies and parastatals, Kazaure said that Galaxy Backbone was established in 2006 and currently had over 350 Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) connected to its 1-GOV.Net in over 4000 office locations nationwide.
This he said made it the largest single network ever developed in the public sector in Africa, adding: “It is even more noteworthy that Galaxy Backbone’s 1-gov.net initiative, – a common network infrastructure platform.
“That was benchmarked on global best practices and the company emerged in the 2013 as United Nations Public Service Award (UNPSA) first place winner for promoting ‘Whole-of-Government Approaches’ in the Information Age’ for its 1-gov.netinitiative.”
He confirmed that the United Nations Public Service Award (UNPSA), was a validation of Galaxy’s vision to be the leading enabler of digital inclusion in Nigeria and Africa.