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Nigeria: Galaxy Backbone Wins UN Public Service Award
Source: allAfrica.com
Source Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs, Thematic Website, Knowledge Management in Government, Citizen Engagement
Country: Nigeria
Created: Jun 18, 2013

The United Nations Public Service Award is the most prestigious international recognition of excellence in public service. It rewards the creative achievements and contributions of public service institutions that lead to a more effective and responsive public administration in countries worldwide.
According to the letter from the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs to Galaxy Backbone, "Your institution's outstanding achievement has demonstrated excellence in serving the public interest and I am confident it has made a significant contribution to the improvement of public administration in your country. Indeed, it will serve as an inspiration and encouragement for others working for public service."
Commenting on the UN award, Gerald Ilukwe, Galaxy backbone managing director/chief executive officer, said, "This is a recognition of the fact that the painstaking consolidation and expansion of government-wide ICT infrastructure has begun to yield its first fruits - enabling the automation of the Federal Executive Council Memoranda process and the creation of a single hub for citizens to access government services."
Galaxy Backbone's 1-GOV.net initiative came up for recognition because it represents a creative and exemplary solution that transformed the chaotic information technology landscape in the federal government and its MDAs into a single, coordinated platform for e-government programmes in the space of five years.
1-GOV.net has also been recognised because of the role it now plays in enabling other electronic government services for internal government operations such as the automation of the memo handling process for Federal Executive Council meetings; government personnel payroll management (IPPIS), thus resulting in the gradual elimination of ghost workers in the federal civil service; and an IP telephony system which allows for communication within and across government MDAs.
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