Nigerian President, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday in Kano, North-West Nigeria commissioned the world-class Galaxy Backbone National Tier IV Datacentre, describing it as an infrastructure capable of transforming the country in its digital economy pursuit.
Speaking at the event, where he was accompanied by the Minister of Communications & Digital Economy Prof. Isa Pantami and the MD/CEO Galaxy Backbone Limited, Prof. Muhammed Bello Abubakar, Buhari said the commissioning of the Tier IV datacentre will alter the business of data centre services in Nigeria for good.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Communications & Digital Economy Prof. Isa Pantami has explained that the Tier IV Data Centre has been designed, and built to support private businesses and public sector organisations. “The new digital infrastructure in Kano will serve as a first-level backup to the Tier III data centre in Abuja,” he said.
The Minister added that the new facility will also serve as the North West Regional Office of Galaxy Backbone in Kano.
President Buhari had directed the Minister of Communications & Digital Economy to complete the project as part of the National Information and Communication Technology Infrastructure Backbone (NIPTIP 2). The NIPTIP 2 covers the north of Nigeria and some southern parts of the country.
Also commenting, the Managing Director of GBB, Prof Muhammad Abubakar, said the Data Centre is established under Galaxy Backbone Limited, which is the Federal Government owned agency. He noted that the Kano Data Centre will offer an enabling environment for ease of doing business to boost Nigeria’s GDP.