Wednesday, July 07, 2010

NAWANI, ready for commissioning – Galaxy

Galaxy Backbone Plc, a public sector ICT infrastructure and services company charged with connecting ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), has said that the Nigerian Army Wide Area Network Infrastructure (NAWANI) project, is ready for commissioning.

NAWANI is an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) project built by Galaxy Backbone, and would be commissioned by the Minister of State for Defence, Alhaji Murtala Shehu Yar’Adua and the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General AB Dambazau as part of the activities planned for this year’s Army Day celebrations.

Confirming this, Head, Federal Public Sector, Galaxy Backbone, Mr. Frank Ugbodaga, said NAWANI would provide the ICT component for transforming the Nigerian Army into a modern military institution with the potential and capability for achieving goals related to the tactical, operational and strategic efficiency of a military organization in a 21 century knowledge society.

He also said the project was conceived last year based on the commitment of Nigerian Army to enhance its readiness for the attainment of national security objectives by leveraging on benefits of ICT.

Precisely, he said, Galaxy is providing the infrastructure and the project management expertise, as well as coordinating efforts by two other ICT companies aimed at achieving Nigeria Army objectives for the project.

“The choice of Galaxy Backbone, a public enterprise of the Federal Government, is in line with a global trend that has witnessed Governments in India, South Africa, Malaysia, Egypt, Ireland, Israel, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, to positively transform public institutions and ensure national development through the establishment and empowerment of similar entities like Galaxy,” he said.

Highlights of the proposed official commissioning of NAWANI at Army headquarters Abuja, would be live demonstrations of the video conferencing and video telephony capabilities of the network and the ceremonial cutting of tape to formally commission a state of the art Data Centre with an offsite Disaster Recovery facility by Alhaji Yar’Adua, Lt. Gen. Dambazau and other dignitaries at the event.

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