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The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Ali Pantami, has inaugurated the Galaxy Backbone North East Zonal and Marketing Office in Gombe State.
Speaking with newsmen after the inauguration on Friday, Pantami said the office would serve the six states of the North-East, which include Gombe, Bauchi, Taraba, Adamawa, Yobe and Borno, adding that it was in line with harnessing the potential of the digital economy.
He said that establishing the office in the region would aid in consolidating the benefits of the digital economy given the contributions that information and communication technologies (ICT) make to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
According to the Minister, the centre would boost cybersecurity, create job opportunities, and improve the digital economy.
Commenting further on various interventions nationwide geared towards improving internet connectivity, and broadband reach, Pantami stated that a total of 20 markets have been selected to benefit from the free internet as being implemented by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).