Nigerian Communications Commission gives multi-million Naira contract to Galaxy Backbone

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has given a multi-million naira Internet project to be installed at the Federal Secretariat in Abuja to Galaxy Backbone Plc to manage and sustain the service which the Commission conceived and funded to provide Internet services to all civil servants located at the secretariat.

Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Engr. Ernest Ndukwe, who handed over the infrastructure to the Chief Executive Officer of Galaxy Backbone, Gerald Ilukwe, during a visit to the company's operations office in Abuja, said he was impressed with what the company was doing and was confident that the services were in good hands for the benefit of the civil servants.

He said the Commission had initiated the project in line with its mandate to facilitate and promote the use of ICT in Nigeria, and had obtained the approval of government to deploy Internet services to facilitate governance and the operations of the civil servants that work at the secretariat.

Engr. Ndukwe also said the Internet service for the Federal Secretariat was conceived in 2006 before Galaxy Backbone came into existence, and that the Board of the Commission approved the handover of the facility in line with the mandate of Galaxy Backbone to coordinate the provision of ICT facilities for government agencies.

Ilukwe also said Galaxy Backbone was building its capacity to provide services to both public and private sectors and would continue to improve on what NCC had transferred to it. He noted that more than N85 billion had been invested by several organs and agencies of government and that Galaxy Backbone was in the position to coordinate this entire infrastructure to deliver value from the potentials of these deployments.