The Managing Director, Galaxy Backbone (GBB), Prof. Muhammad Abubakar, has said that the agency has saved over N3 billion for the Federal Government from championing video conferencing last year.
Abubakar disclosed this at the GBB maiden Customer Appreciation Day, in Abuja, where customers were updated on its services and acknowledged for their constant support towards the growth of the organisation.
He noted that video conferencing had solved the problem of security, transportation, accommodation, feeding as well as money spent on entertainment, among others.
“You realise money for the government in two ways, whether in the liquid cash, that is, the revenue coming or in saving the government some costs that they are supposed to make with the fact that you have now provided a platform where everything is collated and then put together.
“You can look at Galaxy from that perspective. Our vision is to enable the private sector to also strive. For example the video conferencing, we have been championing now, we have been able to save over N3 billion for the government.
“Trying to join a meeting from your own house, will save you the issue of security, will save you the issue of transportation and will save you the money you will spend in terms of entertainment.
“So there are so many components that are being saved for the government because of the provision of that platform,” he said.
On the progress made for the data centre, Abubakar informed that the GBB was working assiduously to execute the deployment of phase 2 National Information Communications Technology Infrastructure Backbone (NICTIB) Project in the first quarter of 2022.
He appreciated customers for their support and cooperation in the development of digital technology in Nigeria and urged them to keep exercising patience for things to take proper shape.
“Our customers mean everything to us as an organisation and as individuals working for the greater good and technological development of our nation, Nigeria.
“We are doing all that needs to be done to see that we deliver the required services by these particular customers.
“It is usually an opportunity to take stock of how well we have performed in the delivery of our services and how well we have improved.
“Today, we will be doing all that and more. So, it is an interactive session with the customers and also to hear from them and get feedback on how much we are doing in terms of delivering these services so that we can improve,” Abubakar said.
Asst. Corps Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Commission, (FRSC), Efosa Peter, said that the commission had 350 locations being controlled by GBB in terms of Internet connectivity.
Peter, who represented the FRSC at the event, said that even with some challenges of connectivity as a result of activities around where GBB provides services, it tries to provide the services and resolve issues concerning breaking.
Ahmad Abdulkadir, Head of Information Technology (IT), who represented Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF), commended GBB in terms of customer support.