On 29 August, 2019, the Executive Secretary (ES), Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), Professor Suleiman Elias Bogoro and members of his management team visited Galaxy Backbone. They were received by Yusuf Kazaure, MD/CEO, Galaxy Backbone. The visit to Galaxy Backbone’s Corporate Headquarters was to strengthen the long-standing relationship that has continued to exist between Galaxy Backbone (GBB) and TETFUND over the years. It was an opportunity for the Executive Secretary to evaluate GBB’s technology infrastructure and determine its capability to handle his vision for TETFUND going forward.
Mr. Kazaure in his opening remarks, thanked the ES for the confidence and trust he has shown in GBB’s services and reiterated GBB’s commitment to providing excellent and efficient ICT services. According to Mr. Kazaure “Galaxy Backbone is committed to consolidating ICT services in the nation’s public sector and ensuring that all agencies are connected under one network so that the government can take advantage of the gains of economies of scale”. GBB’s CEO later disclosed to the ES and his team the many areas in which GBB has continued to help save government from spending huge amount of resources in purchasing technology Infrastructure that can be shared by all MDAs. GBB service delivery has continued to match International standards, while building a technology experience that traverses the entire country. It is in the light of this that he invited TETFUND to take advantage of its fibre Infrastructure for TETFUND’s regional offices across the country. Stressing further, Mr. Kazuare said “Galaxy Backbone has consistently recertified its operations based on International service standards through its ISO 27001 and ISO 20000 certification because of its commitments to ensuring that organisations that we serve experience excellence and high quality in the level of service delivery we offer. We are also laying fibre optic cables across the country to connect Federal Secretariats and Government owned Tertiary Institutions across the country”.
Prof. Bogoro, the ES of TETFUND, in his response, expressed delight in the services being rendered by GBB to TETFUND and its contribution to the development and implementation of ICT services across the country most especially in today’s Knowledge driven economy where everything is driven by Information technology; “I am pleased with the level of professionalism and services Galaxy Backbone has continued to provide. GBB is doing very well and I must say, at the centre of government operations, Galaxy Backbone stands tall. We are proud to associate ourselves with GBB”. He also went on to express his conviction about the huge importance and attention everyone must place on Information technology if organisations must thrive in today’s digital economy most especially as it affects the Education sector. It is his belief and vision that through the deployment of a secure and effective platform, researchers and professionals in the academic field in Nigeria, can document their research work over a Cloud platform that will be made safe and accessible to the global community from any part of the world. According to Prof. Bogoro, he believes that working together with GBB in this initiative, can help curb the rise in plagiarism that has adversely affected the academic community.
Mr. Yusuf Kazaure pledged his commitment to work with TETFUND in uplifting the level of professionalism and excellence in the academic community, using innovative technologies.
The TETFUND team, were then led on a tour of GBB’s Network Monitoring & Operations Centre (NMOC) and its state-of-the-art Tier III Datacenter where GBB is hosting and has connected over 90% of Federal government agencies and companies from the private sector.
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Galaxy Backbone is the information technology and shared services provider of the Federal Government of Nigeria. It is over a decade since its inception. During these past years, technology has changed significantly across Nigeria and the world. This can be seen and felt not just in the private sector, but across the public sector agencies and institutions for which Galaxy Backbone was set up to enable and deliver technology services to.