COVID-19 : Pantami urges use of video conferencing for meetings

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The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami,  has encouraged (MDAs) and civil servants to use the Federal Government’s Unified Communication Services (UCS) platform available to provide reliable and secure audio and video communication within the 1 Gov network.

Concerning the outbreak of the (COVID-19) pandemic and the attendant health crisis across the globe.

In a statement signed by the Spokesperson to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Mrs Uwa Suleiman, the minister said it is highly recommended to exercise measures such as social distancing as a necessary precaution towards curbing the spread of the deadly and highly infectious virus.

The disease known to spread primarily through contact with infected persons, surfaces or environments, he said there is a need for civil servants and the workforce in the country to minimize physical and face-to-face meetings.

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According to him, the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy through its parastatal Galaxy Backbone has provided video conferencing, telepresence and video IP phone facilities in most (MDAs) within its Abuja metro Fiber network, to provide a smart means of communication and collaboration within the public sector.

‘‘In light of this, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, encourages (MDAs) and civil servants to use the Federal Government’s Unified Communication Services (UCS) platform available to provide reliable and secure audio and video communication within the 1Gov network.

‘‘The Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy through its parastatal Galaxy Backbone has provided video conferencing, telepresence and video IP phone facilities in most (MDAs) within its Abuja metro Fiber network, to provide a smart means of communication and collaboration within the public sector.

He listed platforms available to minimize the need for physical meetings while performing the day to day functions of government as IP Voice and Video Telephony Services: About 16,000 unit have been deployed to provide users secure free voice and video communications over Galaxy’s network using physical handsets and software-based endpoints; and Video Conferencing/ telepresence Services: with about 120 terminals so far deployed to provide real-time video conferencing for users to meet and collaborate with colleagues and partners across various locations nationwide and internationally.

The Minister, therefore, calls on all (MDAs) and public officers that have these services deployed to use them by hosting remote meetings and conferences which will help limit the spread of the virus.

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