Going by the successful E-government implementation in Nigeria, which was developed and implemented with the assistance of the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), the Cameroonian Ministry of Public Service &Administration Reforms has decided to replicate the same e=Government structure in Cameroon.
This was disclosed when a Cameroonian delegation visited Nigeria recently to tour the level of infrastructure invested in achieving the heights Nigeria has recorded so far.
The Managing Director/CEO at GBB, Prof. Mohammad Bello Abubakar, who received the delegates led by the Country’s Inspector General for the Cameroonian Ministry of Public Service & Administrative Reforms, Ms. Tabod Jacqueline Mejand at the Galaxy Backbone Corporate Headquarters, expressed delight in the great work KOICA has been able to do in Nigeria and looks forward to the work they will be doing in helping the Cameroonian nation raise the level of e-Ggovernment in their country.
“I am delighted that the Ministry of Public Service and Administrative Reforms is taking this giant step towards actualizing e-Government in Cameroon with the support of our friends and partners in KOICA. While I advise you to anticipate challenges along the way, there will be a lot of success you will record with this engagement,” he said.
He further admonished the delegation to try as much as possible to be firm in their resolve and continue to seek new ways of implementing e-Government strategies in their country because of the huge benefits of e-Government to any nation.
The Delegation visited the National Shared Services Centre (NSSC) which is managed by Galaxy Backbone and is home to GBB’s world class Tier III Datacentre. They were initially taken to the old Datacentre before visiting the Uptime certified Tier III Datacentre and Network Monitoring and Management Centre. The Cameroonian delegates were very impressed at the level of investment and work the Nigerian government through Galaxy Backbone has put into ensuring that e-government in Nigeria is made a thing of the past.
In responding, Ms. Mejand, the head of the Cameroonian and KOICA delegation on this visit stated that Cameroon has a plan around e-government but lack the coordination and exposure hence this visit. She expressed her thanks to GBB for the warm reception and time taken to take them through. ‘We want to thank you for the opportunity given to visit your infrastructure because we realise that for e-Government to effectively take place in a country and go operational, we need infrastructure and the people to help train their decision makers to have interest in e-Government.”
Galaxy Backbone through its Chief Executive has promised the Cameroonian delegation that the organization will do all within its power to partner, advise and help train the Cameroonian people in the development of e-government in their country. GBB’s vision is “to become the leading enabler of digital inclusion in Africa”, hence they organization sees this as a path towards enabling digital services in other countries in Africa.
Galaxy Backbone, the digital Infrastructure and Shared Services provider and an agency under the Federal Ministry of Communications & Digital Economy has been the focal Agency implementing the e-government Master plan for Nigeria. It was in this light that they paid a visit to the organization to inspect the infrastructure and get more knowledge on the Nigerian E-government level of implementation.