The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, on Tuesday unveiled the Armed Forces of Nigeria Digital Services Platform (AFNDSP) for Officers, Men and Families across the country.
Represented by the Director General, Defence Research and Development Bureau, Air Vice Marshal Jomo Osahor, Gen Olonisakin said the AFNDSP project was part of armed forces strategic communication to enhance military operations and synergy.
The CDS said the platform was a sub-unit of the National Rural Telephony Programme (NRTP) which involved the joint usage of the 700MHz frequency between Keywares Networks Ltd and AFN.
According to him, the FGN also being desirous of Providing telephony and broadband services to the larger rural Nigerian populace, approved the joint usage of this frequency band in 2018.
He said the NRTP would be executed in three phases such as the DSP, 4G Core Networks and broadband services while phase three would be nationwide expansion the 4G services.
The Defence Chief said that out of the seven services in the digital service platform, only defence communication (Defcom), E-mammy market, E-learning system (ELS) and school management system (SMS) were ready for unveiling.
He said that the digital platform was coming at a time when the whole world was struggling to overcome the economic and social crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to him, “The extension of DSP to AFN ecosystem would no doubt enhance our operations because it will bring vibrancy to the welfare package of personnel across our units and formations nationwide.
“The project when fully completed would also remove the huge amount funds being expended on telecommunication and broadband services for our operations,’’ he said.
In his address, the Chief of Defence Communication, Maj.-Gen. Joseph Orokpo, said that whereas Defcom app platform was exclusively for AFN’s operational uses, SMS and LMS apps would be for both official and un-official uses.
Orokpo said the SMS and LMS platforms were planned to be deployed for the use by all schools of the three service nationwide.
He said that, the E-Mammy Market would link all AFN Mammy Markets for the use of officers, men, families, and others within AFN Ecosystem.
The Managing Director, Keywares Networks, Mr Gerald Ekesiani, said the digital products that will come up subsequently would include AFN telemedicine and health information management system, and asset tracking and management system.
Other platforms according to him include, Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) and Smart Home and Office Management System (SHSM).
Ekesiani said that the new AFNDSP was coming at a time when “business as usual” was dead due to the ongoing global Pandemic.
He said that digital technology had become the new global normal, adding exponential technologies were rapidly changing lives and societies.
According to him, the AFNDSP will reposition and enhance the ability and capability of the AFN ecosystem to not only adapt to the new normal both operationally and socioeconomically.
“ Thus, permit me to reassure that KNL and its partners are committed, and we will deliver as enshrined in our Agreement.
“We are ready to increase broadband penetration for the AFN, while providing it with cutting-edge technology and innovative and educative service contents through this project going forward.
“The sustainability of the network and usage of the services are very imperative and critical because KNL will not leave any stone unturned towards ensuring a seamlessly delivery of services to the AFN.
“Hence, KNL implore the AFN and all within its ecosystem to ensure the best uses of all the applicable services to be launched today,’’ he said.
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