Galaxy Backbone Builds Capacity Of ICT Journalists On Digital Economy, Cybersecurity  

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A cross section of journalists and resource persons during the training in Abuja.

An agency under the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, Galaxy Backbone (GBB), has concluded a capacity-building session for journalists under the auspices of the Nigerian Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA) on digital economy and cybersecurity reportage. 

Speaking at the two-day workshop held between October 13 and 14, 2022, in Abuja, the managing director/chief executive officer of Galaxy Backbone, Prof. Muhammed Abubakar said the partnership between the company and the media was a mutually beneficial one which helps the GBB push its developmental information, especially on Nigeria’s digital economy drive, to the public.

Represented by a senior manager in the company, Mr. Ifedayo Balogun, the GBB boss was delighted with the depth of knowledge transfer at the workshop. 

“You have spent some days here and I am sure you already know some of the things we do and the services we provide. Also, I can see a lot of knowledge sharing and transfer, the questions and the answers provided.  

“I must thank you for your attention. Certainly, this is not the end of our relationship and partnership; it is just the beginning,” he said. 

In his vote of thanks, the president, NITRA, Abuja chapter, Mr. Blessing Olaifa thanked the GBB MD and the wonderful staff for the rare opportunity. 

He said the training exposed other statutory responsibilities and achievements of GBB which were not know, due to inadequate publicity and, therefore, urged the management of GBB to do more in that regard. 

“There is no training in this digital era in ICT that is ‘little’, especially from the quantum of knowledge imparted to journalists.

“For instance, some of the updated modules were eye-openers and we are happy about it. 

“Also, we have been made to know other statutory responsibilities which we thought to be under the purview of other agencies. 

“However, there is the need for more publicity on the side of GBB, especially about the unique and critical services they render in actualising the vision and mission of the Federal Government digital economy road map.

“We were impressed to know what the agency does to stop and mitigate the attack on the cyberspace,” he said.

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