Cameroon is attempting to model and study the implementation of Nigeria’s e-government policy.
A delegation from Cameroon’s Ministry of Public Service and Administration Reforms recently visited Nigeria to inspect the depth of the E-government plan’s implementation and tour the level of infrastructure invested in helping Nigeria reach its current heights.
The Korean International Cooperation Agency, KOICA, assisted in the development and implementation of the plan.
The focal agency for implementing Nigeria’s e-Government Masterplan has been Galaxy Backbone, a provider of digital infrastructure and shared services that is part of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.
In light of this, they paid a visit to the organization to inspect the infrastructure and gain a better understanding of the Nigerian E-government implementation level.
At the Galaxy Backbone Corporate Headquarters, Professor Mohammad Abubakar, the Managing Director of GBB, welcomed the delegates led by Ms. Tabod Jacqueline Mejand, the Country’s Inspector General for the Cameroonian Ministry of Public Service and Administrative Reforms.
He expressed his delight at the progress made by KOICA in Nigeria, and he looks forward to the work they will be doing to help the Cameroonian nation improve its level of e-Government.
According to Professor Abubakar, ‘I am delighted that the Ministry of Public Service and Administrative Reforms is taking this giant step towards actualizing e-Government in Cameroun 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 reiterated.
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. In his words; “We all know the benefits of e-government platforms. We have already started seeing the benefits in Nigeria”.
The Managing pledged the Agency’s support to the Camerounian delegation that the organization will do all within its power to partner, advise and help train the Camerounian 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 the organization sees this as a path towards enabling digital services in other countries in Africa”, Professor Abubakar added
While responding, the head of the Camerounian and KOICA, Ms.Mejand stated that Cameroun has a plan around e-government but lacks coordination and exposure hence this visit.
She expressed her appreciation 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,” She said
The Delegation also 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.