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Minister advocates use of Video Conference for essential meetings

Ministeries, Departments, Agencies and civil servants have been urged to use Nigeria’s Unified Communication Services (UCS) platform available to provide reliable and secure audio and video communication.

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami gave the advice following the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

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

Dr Pantami stated that 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.

Platforms available to minimise the need for physical meetings while performing the day to day functions of government are;

 IP Voice and Video Telephony Services: About 16,000 unit have been  deployed to provide users secure free voice & video communications over Galaxy’s network using physical handsets and software-based endpoints; and
• Video Conferencing/ telepresence Services: About 120 terminals have been 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 also called on all MDAs and public officers that have these services deployed to use them by hosting remote meetings and conferences which would help limit the spread of the virus.

Source: Voice of Nigeria