Govt lists benefits of investment in infotech
THE Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator Anyim Pius Anyim has said that the Ultimate purpose of government investment in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector is to bridge the digital divide, improve the human capacity to liberate people from ignorance and equip Nigerians with skills that would help them face the challenges of globalisation.
Anyim who spoke at the send forth party for the pioneer Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Galaxy Backbone Ltd, Gerald Ilukwe, stressed the need to use the opportunities of ICT to build a better communities and build a stronger and better nation.
Represented by a Senior Special Assistant in his office, Ferdinand Agu, the SGF said that the tools of ICT could be used to bring Nigerians together but regretted that instead of deploying Information Communication Technology for growth and development, it has rather become a tool for acrimony and rancour as being witnessed in the build up for the 2015 general elections.
“The availability of ICT has transformed human experience, we can bridge the geographical imbalances that exist in the country through ICT. We seem not to be aware that the purpose of ICT is one and simple; it improves the human capacity of our nation by giving people the tool and weapons to understand and acquire knowledge and also unite us, for us to build a better country. If ICT does not serve these purposes, it will not liberate our people from ignorance”, he said.
The SGF described Ilukwue as a principled and focused individual adding that he was able to transform Galaxy Backbone such that the agency in 2013 won the 1st Prize in the United Nations. Public Service Awards for promoting whole of government approach in ICT.
In his remarks, the new Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Galaxy Backbone, Yusuf Kazaure, commended Ilukwue for repositioning Galaxy Backbone for effective and efficient service delivery, adding that Ilukwue is leaving behind an organisation that would continue to grow.
Kazaure noted that the company has been able to maintain standards that are comparable with standards anywhere in the world.
He said, “Today, Gerald is leaving a vibrant company, with over 4,500 locations connected. He has left an organisation that will continue to grow.
“Gerald was able to create a Galaxy Backbone with a culture that strives in a very ambivalent environment. We are a public company that strives like a private company.”
Kazaure said since 2007, Galaxy Backbone has leveraged its mandate to build a common services platform consisting of in-country and offshore VSAT hubs.
“From this platform, Galaxy is growing its coverage of public institutions nationwide and currently connects about 4,000 locations spread across various parts of Nigeria representing over 350 Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDA,” he added.
Gerald Ilukwe was Managing Director/Chief Executive officer of Galaxy Backbone between September 2006 and September 2014.
It was noted that Ilukwue oversaw the operations of over $180 million, about N36 billion of ICT infrastructure for the delivery of networks, data hosting and application services to customers primarily in the public sector. He also had the responsibility for the negotiation and execution of ICT projects worth over $145 million through vendor financing and bi-national loan agreements
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