Summary of the 2009 ngNOG Workshop, University of Ilorin, 08-15 November

ngNOG 2009, the 4th in the annual series of the Nigerian Network Operators' Group (ngNOG) Workshops and Meetings, was successfully held at the University of Ilorin (Unilorin) from 08-15 November 2009.

Unilorin's Vice-Chancellor [and President of the Association of African Universities (AAU)], Professor Is-haq Olarewaju Oloyede, was an unprecedented model of top-level hosting support. The University of Ilorin set a new bar by supporting 20 of its staff and students to the workshop, extracting the maximum benefits of hosting the event. Not surprisingly, the VC Unilorin was unanimously appointed to serve as an ngNOG Ambassodor by the community.

Eighty five (85) delegates from 15 Institutions and Organizations participated in the five parallel tracks of the 2009 ngNOG workshop in Ilorin. This compares to the 35 delegates from 14 institutions in the single track at pre-ngNOG Ibadan; 56 delegates from 14 institutions in the three tracks of ngNOG Jos; 75 delegates from 21 institutions in five tracks of ngNOG Kano; and the 71 delegates from 25 institutions in the five tracks of ngNOG Lagos last year.

The distribution of the 85 delegates to the 2009 workshop tracks is given below:

  • 28 System Administration(SysAdmin)
  • 11 Internet Infrastructure (II)
  • 14 Internet Services and Applications (IS)
  • 06 Appropriate Power Technologies (APT)
  • 26 ICT Strategy, Policy and Management (SPM)

We are grateful to the various Institutions and Firms (Veritas University, Obehie ; University of Jos ; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria ; University of Benin ; University of Agriculture, Makurdi ; University of Ibadan ; Umaru Musa Yar'Adua University, Katsina ; Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife ; SKANNET (GDES) ; NISTech Ltd ; and Tinitop Technologies ) who contributed the following 13 ngNOG IV Instructors: Ishaku Anaobi; Chistopher Anthony; Olayinka Christiana Toluwanimi; Dewole Ajao; Cletus Okolie; Geraldine Daloeng; Bamidele Amire; Emmanuel Onowojo; Nentawe Goshwe; Kayode Ayodele; Sunday Folayan; Ayodeji Oluleye; and Bashir Sani. And, thanks to BGL Securities , Sekyen was able to rejoin Secretariat and assist with workshop organization.

ngNOG IV at Ilorin was dominated by Academic Network Operators: 74 (85%) of participants were from the HEIs. As many as 20 (24%) of the 85 workshop delegates were affiliated to University Libraries this year, thanks to the synergy grown with the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs. Following Unilorin with 20 delegates, other contributors of delegates to ngNOG IV were led this time around, by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) with 9 delegates and the University of Ibadan with 8 delegates.

Participation rate for women was better than that recorded in 2007 at Kano (13%) and in 2008 at Lagos (14%), but was still low at 19% in ngNOG 2009.

Four tutorials were presented at ngNOG IV: on Fibre Optics; Audio and Video Technolology; Improving web/ database server stability and on high performance computing. Respectively, these were presented by Ahmed Atere of Torque Technologies ; by Adesola Dada of Visions Telecommunications Technologies ; and by Clement Onime of ICTP, Trieste .

The 2009 ngNOG meeting featured key presentations on management of .ng domain by Dewole Ajao of Tinitop Technologies , and on OS dependencies by David Dorman from Index Data .

A Power Logging device, which was commissioned by the Forum and designed and fabricated by the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife , was demonstrated for the first time by Engr Kayode Ayodele. The device monitors and measures periods of mains power outage on a daily basis. Seven such devices will be deployed at various locations in the country, to generate information required for planning power-backup systems; this will also assist in monitoring efficiency of various interventions in the energy sector.

The active participation and contributions of University Librarians at the 2009 ngNOG in Ilorin is a highly significant milestone. Librarians and library staff started a new trend at ngNOG, and instigated a radically new way of thinking about (and delivery of) especially the Strategy, Policy and Management (SPM) and Services tracks of the workshop.

This workshop built-upon foundations laid at the preparatory-ngNOG Workshop that held at the University of Ibadan in July 2006, and the three full editions that were hosted at UniJos, BUK, and Unilag. These were in turn, made possible by earlier editions of the INET and AfNOG workshops at which fora ngNOG instructors were mostly trained over the past 10 years, and will continue to be updated.

With very great appreciation to the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the MacArthur Foundation for supporting this event; to the Network Start up Resource Centre , which donated books and networking equipment; to the Mortenson Center ; all the delegates, observers, and volunteer team of instructors and presenters, and their employers; as well as our Membership, and to the ngNOG 2009 workshop host institution, LOC, Interns and organizers.

As always, we remain deeply grateful to all our supporters and those who inspire us, including the very many who were not specifically mentioned in this summary.