Nigerian concerns over ICT spend

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Image: Omobola Johnson, Nigeria's Minister of Communication Technology. By BiztechAfrica
Omobola Johnson, Nigeria's Minister of Communication Technology

The Nigerian government has expressed concern over high ICT costs incurred by its ministries and departments.

This emerged at a public sector ICT infrastructure forum on information security and the Public Presentation of ISO/IEC 27001:2005 Certification to Galaxy Backbone Plc in Abuja.

Galaxy Backbone is the Nigerian government’s ICT agency.

The government questioned a proposed N4.5 billion budget for ICT infrastructure by some selected Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs). It noted the infrastructures could have been installed at a lower cost and higher standard by Galaxy Backbone.

The Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Omobola Johnson, said some MDAs were deploying ICTs individually, while a pooling of resources would be more effective.



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