Minister of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy, Dr ‘Bosun Tijani is working to reclaim Galaxy Backbone Ltd (GBBL) for his ministry, including seeking the intervention of influential members of the first family, IT Edge News can report.

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In December, the government announced the relocation of GBBL, National Agency for Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) and the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) with nine other government institutions to the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF).

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All the moved agencies are now supervised by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) to strengthen service delivery, according to Head of Media and Communications, Office of the SGF, Segun Imohiosen.

However, an irked Tijani is concerned that this move could hinder the government’s plans to digitize the public sector and reposition GBBL for greater commercial viability. He has advocated for GBBL to be returned to his ministry, but faces challenges, as the presidency is reportedly resolved on the current arrangement under the SGF.


“I am not so sure the minister can go far on this although he is pressing all the buttons. The presidency is already resolved on how it wants the agencies under the SGF to function,” a knowledgeable insider told IT Edge News in Abuja.

Previously, Galaxy Backbone was under the Ministry of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy, tasked with providing connectivity and network infrastructure to federal government ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs).

With its transfer to the OSGF, the ministry now oversees only five agencies. They are the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST), Nigerian Communications Satellite Ltd (NIGCOMSAT), and the Nigeria Data Protection Commission (NDPC),


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