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Covid-19: FMoCDE deploys Telepresence facilities for safeguard

By Oluwaseun Sonde

Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy (FMoCDE) has deployed Telepresence facilities, through the Galaxy Backbone (GBB) Limited, a parastatal under the ministry to safeguard its personnel to limit the spread of the COVID -19 in the country.

In a statement signed Spokesperson to the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Mrs Uwa Suleiman on Thursday, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami has earlier directed GBB to utilize its highly secure Government-wide Telepresence and Collaboration facilities, to ensure government functions continue while maintaining social distancing.

They have complied by positioning their Telepresence and Collaboration facilities to ensure productivity, enhance security and reduce the cost of communication during this period. Video conferencing terminals have been installed at over 120 Federal Government institutions, including the offices of, The Vice President; 26 Honourable Ministers, 17 Ministers of State; Chief of Staff to the President; Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

Head of Civil Service of the Federation; 37 Federal Permanent Secretaries; Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC); and Other key Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the Federal Government. Calls and Conferences are secure with end to end encryption within GBB operated government network.

GBB also has the capacity to provide both public and private sector organizations secure and reliable telepresence services from its State-of-the-Art Unified Communication Services (UCS) platform. In this regard, Nigerians are to be rest assured that the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy will continue to use technology to ensure that there are no interruptions in crucial government meetings.

Virtual meetings will go ahead with all relevant stakeholders in a secure and reliable manner as we collectively tackle this challenge to humanity.

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