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Galaxy Backbone may sanction MDAs for not hosting servers in its infrastructure

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The Managing Director of Galaxy Backbone Limited, Mr. Yusuf Kazaure, has given a strong indication that the agency may be forced to wield the big stick against erring Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) who are defiant in hosting their data in the agency.

While reiterating the commitment of the company to use its infrastructure to drive Nigeria’s digital growth, he lamented that in spite of the robust infrastructure of the company, a lot of MDAs have not complied with the directive of hosting their data locally, adding that duplication of Data Centres by various MDAs makes it difficult for government to take any e-government initiative.

Kazuare urged all MDAs to roll out regulations that would compel the MDAs use a common platform provided by Galaxy so as to deepen the ICT market for people who want government service.

“It is normal to make Galaxy a monopolistic entity because, it has the capacity to provide a common platform for Agencies to communicate with each other, stating that the company has hosted 250 government websites and created 40,000 e-mail accounts for staff of the federal government.

“We have directed the MDAs to host their website on Galaxy backbone infrastructure except where is absolutely necessary because doing contrary to that is compromising the security of the nation.

“We have the power to design guidelines to make sure all the MDAs patronize galaxy backbone and improve our drive to develop our local content.“

He averred that investing in ICT infrastructure, would position Nigeria as an emerging market leader on the African continent, stressing that “Galaxy Backbone Limited is 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.”

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.


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