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Yayale to address forum via video conference

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Alhaji Madmud Yayale Ahmed, would today, deliver a keynote speech at Galaxy Backbone organized stakeholders’ two-day forum via video conferencing.

The event which is the 3rd public sector ICT Infrastructure forum is being put together by Galaxy Backbone (GBB) Plc in partnership with the National Economic Council and Nigeria Governors’ Forum as a 2-Day National Stakeholders’ Forum on NICEP, at the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The Manager, Corporate Communications at Galaxy Backbone Plc, Mr. Franklyn Ginger-Eke, said that the forum is an avenue to enlighten state governments on the developmental opportunities represented by National Information Communication and Education Programme (NICEP), which is aimed at accelerating provision of connectivity for broadband internet, data, voice and video communications to rural areas and under-served communities including health and educational institutions at State levels.

Ginger-Eke told ITRealms Online that highpoint of the opening day of the forum would be the live broadcast of the keynote address by the guest of honour, Alhaji Madmud Yayale Ahmed, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation via video conference powered by Galaxy Backbone.

“As a leading enabler of digital inclusion in Nigeria, Galaxy has built and operates one of the most sophisticated state of the art ICT infrastructures in the public sector. Other value added activities that will take place during the forum includes the setting up of a Cyber CafĂ© with ten PCs so that interested participants who wish to get on the internet can browse within the venue,” he said.

There would also be a demonstration of an interactive distance learning mathematics class involving students of School for the Gifted, Gwagwalada broadcast live from GBB’s Interactive Distance Learning (IDL) studio at its Network Operation Centre located in the central business district of Abuja to the audience at Yar’Adua Centre, the venue of the 2-day national stakeholders’ forum.

According to him, a key component of NICEP is the IDL through which Galaxy enables the delivery of multiple, live synchronous e-learning lessons to an unlimited number of geographically dispersed students to either PC or TV-based classrooms using a friendly student/instructor interaction.

“The IDL project combines high quality bi-directional video, voice and educational tools like slide projection, whiteboard, chat and application projection,” he explained.

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