The federal government has completed plans to expand information communication and technology services in Gombe to the Northeast region.

Shortly after inspecting the Galaxy Backbone office in Gombe, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Ali Pantami, that the service would provide broadband penetration and data center services in the zone.

According to the minister, the zonal office would stimulate revenue for the government and expand the market.

He said: “This is Galaxy Backbone North-East zonal under Galaxy Backbone, a Limited owned by the federal government and we have zonal offices; we have in Lagos for South West, Enugu for South East, North Central in Abuja, because North-West is in Kano, North-East is in Gombe and we hope South-South is in the pipeline as we expand.”

The minister further explained the rationale for the choice of Gombe as the zonal office and said the state is uniquely positioned in the region due to its proximity to the other five states that make up the zone.

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“The reason behind the expansion is to generate revenue and the company has been commercialized to get revenue for the government. It is part of our strategy the scope of our market. Gombe was in the center of the northeast and the only state that shares a border with states in the zone,” Pantami added.

Speaking on the viability of zonal expansion for monetization, the minister said: “My projection is based on a statistics agency that released their data for the second quarter of 2022 only yesterday (Friday) and it is clear that ICT alone with all the digital services contributed 18.44 percent and this has never happened in the history of Nigeria.”

Prof Muhammed Abubakar also explained that Galaxy Backbone aimed to ensure that data becomes the mainstay of the country’s economy.

He said: “Data is your crude oil, we protect government data. Data is everything.”

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