Everyone

Summary of ngNOG VIII, University of Benin: 03 -09 Nov, 2013

The 8th edition of the annual Nigerian Network Operators' Group (ngNOG) Workshop and Meetings were successfully hosted by the University of Benin (Uniben) from –03rd -09th November, 2013.. Instructors and organizers however were at the ancient city of Benin from the 31st of October, 2013 for the workshop set-up.

The 2013 ngNOG Workshop was declared open by the Vice Chancellor University of Benin, Prof. O. Oshodin (who was represented by Prof. Stella Chiemeke, The Director of ICT Uniben). The workshop was closed with a celebratory dinner hosted by the Bandwidth Consortium (BWC)

Despite the ongoing Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike, Sixty two (62) delegates from 18 Institutions and Organizations from all over the country participated in the five parallel tracks offered at the 2013 ngNOG workshop in Benin city. This number is however low compared to the 92 delegates from 32 Institutions and organizations represented at the ngNOG 2012 workshop held in Kaduna. The event also recorded the lowest number of delegates to the ICT Strategy, Policy and Management (SPM) track.

The distribution of the 62 delegates to the 2013 workshop tracks is given below:

  • 11 System Administration (SA)
  • 28 Internet Infrastructure (II)
  • 14 Internet Services and Applications (IS)
  • 3 ICT Strategy, Policy and Management (SPM)
  • 6 Applications and Content Development (ACD)

Host University of Benin (Uniben) led institutional representation with 25delegates. It was followed by the the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria with 6, and Usumanu Danfodio University, Sokoto(UDU) with 5 delegates.

12 of the delegates were sponsored by the The Bandwidth Consortium (BWC) for her member institutions.

Participation rate for women at ngNOG Benin was 7%. This is the lowest female participation ever experienced with the ngNOG events. It was 26% in 2006; 13% in 2007; 14% in 2008; 19% in 2009; 33% in 2010; and 12% at ngNOG Ife in 2011 and 14% in 2012.

The opening ceremony was well attended by all delegates and some principal officials of the University of Benin.

Boot Camp

This year’s boot camp was attended by over 40 participants who were taken through the Linux and IP basics to ensure that all participants are equipped with requisite skills for the commencement of the workshop

Workshop and Meetings

As is customary with the ngNOG events for the last few years, the tracks held in parallel were the Application and Content Development, Internet Services, Internet Infrastructure, System Administration and Strategy, Policy and Management.

The Strategy, Policy and Management track recorded the lowest ever experienced in the ngNOG events. Only three participants were present.

The Appropriate Power Technology track did not run at this years edition.

The evening events was well attended by delegates and very crucial issues were discussed during these evening meetings: Issues like, way forward for ngNOG and NREN mandate.

Social Events and Sight Seeing

The University of Benin management hosted delegates to a cocktail on Monday the 4th of November; the cocktail was attended by top officials of the University and all delegates.
Delegates were shown round the ancient Benin city and a visit to the museum in the evening of Friday the 8th of November.

The closing dinner was proudly sponsored by the Bandwidth Consortium (BWC). Delegates were treated to a very nice dinner with entertainment by the University of Benin theater arts group.

Acknowledgements

We are grateful to the various Institutions and Firms, who contributed instructors and presenters. They include: Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (OAU); Yaba College of Technology, Lagos; University of Jos; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; University of Benin; Bayero University Kano; The Bandwidth Consortium; Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) ; NISTech Ltd; Eko-Konnect; and Meed Networks.

We continue to thank our international friends who are never far away from us, as well as our membership and friends at home.

The Bandwidth Consortium was a distinguished Corporate Sponsor of ngNOG 2013. The conference bags were donated by Meed Networks this year.

ngNOG Benin is a profound statement in so very many ways. It is proudly dedicated to the amazing courage, commitment and support of the delegates, instructors and organizers, hosts, the LOC and interns, the host community and our supporters.

Electrical Safety Tips series, 2

Electrical Simple Checks that Saves Life.
Many people expose themselves and their families to potentially fatal electrical accidents in the home and offices by making simple blunders, down to a lack of knowledge about the dangers of electricity.
However, there are a number of simple visual checks that you can carry out yourself:
Check that you have RCD ( residual current device) in your fuse box.
Make sure that your sockets and plugs are not overloaded. Ensure plugs and sockets are not damaged. Check that visible cables and leads are in good condition.
Check that your light fittings are not visibly damaged and that down lights are in good working condition.
Check that you are not storing combustible materials around your fuse box,electricity meter or electrical intake.
Don't use top of your microwave or room heaters for extra storage.
Never trail cables under the carpet.
Watch trailing Cable in rooms and offices to ensure chair or table stands are not on them.
Never take mains powered electrical items into the bathroom.
Always switch off your electrical items when they are not in use.
Consider having additional sockets installed if you regularly rely on extension leads and adaptors.
Check regularly the following dangers signs..
- smell of hot plastic or burning near an appliances or socket.
- sparks or smoke coming from a plug or appliances.
- arching sound from your change-over switch should be scraped and greased ( by a good electrician)
- Damaged or frayed leads.
- Coloured wire inside leads showing at the plug or anywhere else.
- Fuses that blow or circuit breakers that operate for no obvious reason.
-Plugs and their wires can be damaged with use.
Look for cracks or damage on the casing.
Look for sign of overheating such as discolored casing or cable.
Check that the plug cable is firmly clamped into the plug and no colored plug wires. are showing.
By following these simple tips you can avoid overloading sockets and risk of fire.

Electrical Safety Tips Series.

Electrical Safety Tips Series.
DIY.
DIY errors cause half of all electric shocks in our homes and offices. Almost 50% admit that they feel they should try and tackle the household maintenance and repair jobs themselves or ask a mate before calling on a professional.
It Is discovered that half of all severe electric shocks are caused by DIY attempts, withg the main errors including cutting through power leads, drilling into wiring and repairing electrical items while they're switched on. Professional electricians have seen or been involved with fixing electrical DIY mishaps that had resulted in fires,serious electric shock or significant or repair costs.

Tips for DIY
Locate cables In Your wall.
A common error is accidentally drilling, nailing or screwing things into cables hidden inside your walls.

Use and RCD ( Residual Current Device)
An RCD can save your life by cutting off the power in the event of an electrical fault.

Shut off the power
Shut off the power in your fuse box and use battery powered tools.
Check power tools and watch out for the lead.

Get advice from professional electrician. The best way to avoid any electrical problems in an installation is to seek the advice of a professional electrician.

Discussion Lists

To participate in Research and Education activity discussion on the Forum mailing lists, please visit http://abuja.forum.org.ng/mailman/listinfo

There are several mailing lists that you can join based on your interest. Existing subscribers can also edit their preferences there.

ngNOG 2013 Workshop and Meetings

2013-11-03 00:00
2013-11-08 23:59

The 8th edition of the annual Nigerian Network Operators' Group (ngNOG) Workshop and Meetings will be held this year at the University of Benin (UniBen) from the 3rd - 9th November 2013.

The ancient city of Benin which is known for it's traditions and timeless artworks is the capital of Edo State in southern Nigeria. It is a city approximately 25 miles north of the Benin River and is situated 200 miles by road east of Lagos.

Participants will be accommodated at the Precious Palm Royal Hotel

Thank you as we look forward to your participation at the 8th edition of the ngNOG Workshop and Meetings.

Much ado about a broadcast

I write this to remind us admins of the little things that sometimes cause us big headaches and the importance of monitoring which is very easy to neglect.

While I was onsite last month visiting a BWC member institution, the network admin happened to log into his router and saw one of his local interfaces receiving up to 40Mbps traffic. This is a network that rarely gets 10Mbps on that interface. On closer inspection using the Torch feature of the Mikrotik RouterOS, we found that a handful of local computers were sending unusual broadcast traffic painted to look like netbios and DHCP. As first-aid, we filtered the offensive ports and the impact on the router subsided... only to resurrect on different ports a few minutes later.

Although the attacking entities could change ports, they continued to originate as broadcast traffic so that was one common denominator. You can't just block all broadcast traffic, can you? If you do, true DHCP, Netbios and all other traffic that relies on broadcast announcements wouldn't work. With managed switches however, you can limit the percentage of broadcast traffic that each port can send.

As a better fix, we added broadcast rate limits on all the switches (Cisco and HP) within the campus that allowed us to do so. Yes, one more reason why you should have managed switches. The good news now is that for those institutions that consider themselves financially challenged, you can get Managed 5-port Gigabit switches for less than N20,000. You can be creative and use these on building-to-building links within your network so you can easily isolate/contain segments with anomalies. The ones running Mikrotik SwOS include broadcast-limiting as well as a number of other high end features.

Traffic spewing worms are very common with pirated Windows systems that do not have up to date patches. For those who may not understand the impact of a few unpatched MS Windows computers with worms, consider this:
You have a 24-port switch each with a 100Mbps port. Computers on a number of ports start spewing out traffic at the speed of their network cards. Because it is a directed broadcast, they are sending say 10Mbps to every other computer in the same subnet. All of a sudden, the switch finds itself handling 10Mbps times the number of computers in the subnet. If the switch does not die while processing this spurious traffic, it passes it on to the gateway which presumably has at least one leg in the problematic subnet. If your router is not well configured, it wastes CPU cycles handling the rubbish. I also think routing your networks will help reduce the impacts of directed broadcasts though some people say the overhead of multiple routers is a disadvantage.

In the final analysis, monitoring is good and long term monitoring is even better. Without traffic utilization graphs, nobody would have noticed that Internet bandwidth was not being utilized to the maximum. Without interface monitoring tools, we wouldn't have known which interface to investigate further. Without network segmentation, the building in question wouldn't have been located quickly.

However, without looking into your network often enough, you might not be able to tell the difference between the "normal" and the "abnormal". A step further would be to collect long term data from netflow or traffic-flow capable devices for better visibility into what's going on within your network. Think nfsen, cacti and company. Free and easy to install (sometimes even as virtual machine appliances for the busy/lazy/smart)

Intelligent Building..how ready are you?

Umar Uba
December 2012.
Intelligent Building – How ready are you?
The objective in intelligent building is to maximize energy efficiency and to enhance work performance by combining environmental system technologies.
The intelligent building takes energy management system a step further. The purpose is not just to control energy consumption but also to operate the other systems in the building in the most efficient way.
Imagine when a home tells you the garage door is not shut. When a house tells you the light in the baby’s room is left on. Or when the house shuts the windows and power up the air conditioners because it senses you inside and also senses the temperature indoor will make sweat.
The list goes on and on. How ready are you to invest in such a structure?
Conveniences are known to dominate the automobiles and aircraft industry only. These are temporary accommodation for human comfort. Imagine setting out on a journey of about three hours in a very comfortable vehicle. In reaching your destination leaving the keyless car entry to enter your apartment you have to fiddle with the key to unlock the entrance. Fiddling with a switch to lit the room and a fan regulator to provide air and then switched on the air conditioner. How long will it take you to settle in? All the comfort you had enjoyed enroute will be wasted before you pick up again.
What does a building need to be intelligent? Several factors are required to enhance your building to make it intelligent these include:
Power back up system. Not only having a stand-by generator but having a fully back-up of average requirement to last through the rainy day. This is achieved by the use of inverter and battery banks to store energy.
Embedded solar installation. This is done to be part of the structure either of roof, windows and walls. The solar panels are mounted to fit into the structure.
Structured Cabling. This is considered during the initial design embedded during the construction to contain features such as; Network system, Detectors and Fire alarm systems.
The need to have a building intelligently cannot be over emphasized. The security system having couples of camera and monitors with switches to activate alarm in the case of break in. The sense to monitor fire/smoke in a volatile area. Economic saving in energy consumption as the system shut the use of it as you exit, thus saving utility bills.

The INEC's DDC Machines - their limited use in the 2011 election

Umar uba
Kashim ibrahim library
Ahmadu Bello University
Zaria..
May 2011
The INEC’S DDC Machines – their limited use in the 2011election.
Being under the shadow of networks for a while now , I have come to terms with the progressively changing technology of computers and their networks.
The possibility of having a perfect election in the country for the 2011 was clearly the vision of INEC. This, of course was at their finger tips with these machines in use.
The decision of the government to acquire this technology and put it to use was to completely eliminate the fallacies of elections at all levels.
Computers and networks are required to handle these operations with the trained personnel having them on their laps. The operations solely rely on waves and power.
Firstly, the technology of the computer is beyond the limit of INEC’s operations to exhaust. These computers can even do more. It all depends on what we want them to do.
With what the government concur, to play with the dummies, the finger prints, image capture and data which are the key elements required during the registrations all powers were within the finger tips of the operators. These data once captured remain within the system for its own consumption only unless we use the waves and signals to extract them out either in print or stored in magnetic form.
Secondly, the network aspect of the technology is the medium that shares these resources among the dummies and other locations. It goes beyond the eyes, it is either in waves, light or metal (copper) it’s the wedding ring of computers.

Finger prints which have a probability of one in a million being the same is a major item field required for specicificity. In Nigeria, we have an average of 120- people having the same finger prints. Then comes the picture, this is prone to duplication with twins, kins. The probability of having a duplicate is high. Lastly, could the data/information such as name, age, telephone no etc all be wrong or untraceable?

The computers and other networks equipment are the hard wares that are physically visible to perform these jobs. To use this equipment, software is required to communicate between them. This side of the ddc machines is as important as the other. As the banks have succeeded in centralizing their operations with added limitations so also these machines could be made to follow suit. The software must have the ability to sort the data with accuracy how ever much it is to create very useful information in a millisecond. This ability of the software is far beyond what human calculation could handle.

The INEC registration machines must have come with this software and that was why the registration was a success. Unfortunately the software failed to attend to the issues of multiple registrations and duplicate data entry. This should be the character of each machine. It was as a result of this failure we had people registering in multiple places. These multiple registrations, for some were not deliberate but as result of a system failure during the initial registration. A case so many was when patrons registered and the personnel came back the next day and claimed the system has crashed therefore people must re register. Such cases came out with multiple registrations as the system failed to sort out the duplications.

What was expected from these machines was a similar enquiry and response we do get when registering the yahoomail or gmail address. In such instance the system must be connected to the inter-net. As we register it sifts through it if such a name or data had ever been entered. It then came out with an option. This was because the data provided by us was once entered by someone else. Therefore we have a different identity. The ddc machines could have done more owing to inclusion of finger-print and image.
Another failure of the INEC machines is the lack of wide Area networks for the wards and local government polls, metropolitan Area network for the states polls or the internet for the online one time national polls.

How best to use the ddc machines during elections:
(With everything being equal) having a good working machine with a well programmed software and an excellent network the hope of having a perfect election is at our finger-tips. If all the above conditions are satisfied, and the registration was conducted successfully with all data edited and sorted out all we will require is the fingertips recognition inter face and touch screen to make a perfect election.
Once you place your finger it simply recognizes you and displays a screen of ballot boxes. You then place the other finger tip and select the party of choice. As you release the first finger the screen disappears and waits for the next person. This operation takes barely two minutes.
The authenticity of this is that it can’t be manipulated and two people can’t vote at a time and one person cannot vote twice.
If all these are done, the next and subsequent elections in the country by a determined INEC to have a free, fair, credible and honest election will be hailed not only in Nigeria but world wide for a well handled election.

Umar Uba 2011

CERTIFIED FIBER OPTIC TRAINING

2010-08-10 00:00
2010-08-13 23:59

Dear All,

Invitation to attend the Certified Fiber Optic Training Course, 10-13 August 2010, eDevelopment Centre, Nairobi,Kenya.

African eDevelopment Resource Center (AeRC) in collaboration with 3 Triple Play Fibre Optic Solutions would like to invite delegates to a 4 day unique, authoritative, high-value, hands-on practical course which will provide participants with essential skills and knowledge necessary to design, install, splice, connectorize, troubleshoot and test fiber optic systems.
AeRC is a not-for-profit organization championing ICT for capacity development initiatives in the region through knowledge sharing and skills development programmes. Formed in 2005, 3 Triple Play Fibre Optic Solutions based in South Africa is an organisation that specialises in installation and training in Fibre Optic Systems.

In today's high tech world, certification is considered proof of professional status and is often required for jobs 3 Triple Play Fiber Optic Solutions is an approved training centre for the Fiber Optic Association Inc. (FOA). http://www.thefoa.org. Students will be eligible to write the FOA exam after completing the course. Successful students will receive the Certified Fiber Optics Technician (CFOT) accreditation, which includes a CFOT passport.

The FOA maintains a worldwide database of fiber optic installers, contractors and consultants as a resource for those searching for a designer or installer for fiber optic projects or trained employees. The database is searchable by location and fiber optic specialty.

As of the end of 2006, over 20,000 CFOT’s have been certified through training at over 135 schools worldwide. The FOA is the most recognized certification in fiber optics in the world.

Our Instructors

A number of instructors in this program are experienced academics from the University of KwaZulu-Natal with considerable theoretical backgrounds as well as extensive industrial experience related to fiber optic technology. (View attached course outline for more Details on the Lead Trainer).

Who should attend

This training program is not limited to installers or technicians, it is an excellent credential for sales and marketing personnel, indicating their comprehensive knowledge of the industry and building confidence in their assistance to their customers.

What will you learn

This is a comprehensive, integrated training program which covers all aspects of both local and wide area optical networks to make sure that our students are fully prepared and employable. Optical fiber installation, splicing, connectorization, troubleshooting, acceptance testing and much more are taught with extensive hands-on practice.
Also covered is the use of transceivers, switching gear, splice enclosure hardware, and procedures pertaining to installing and testing them.

Registration Fee

The registration fee for the workshop is US$1630 / Ksh 125,510 + 16 % VAT which will cover all the documentation, administration and meals during the workshop. To participate in this workshop, please fill out the attached registration form and return it to the email indicated. Due to the nature of the course we have a limited number of spaces available and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Please find attached the Course Outline and registration form.

Prescribed Text for the Course will be provided upon registration:

We look forward to be of service to you should you need more information on the Course.

Macharia Celestine
African eDevelopment Resource Centre
eDevelopment House : : 604 Limuru Road
Old Muthaiga : : P O Box 49475 00100
Nairobi : : Kenya
Landline +254 20 3741646/7 : : Cell +254 722 284 328
Training : : Research : : Consultancy : Publishing
2010 Capacity Building Opportunities:
 Computer Forensics course: 28-30 June (Kenya)
 VSAT Field Engineering: 7-9 July (Kenya)
 GIS Disaster Management: 14-16 July(Kenya)
 Knowledge Management Course: 21-23 July (Kenya)
 Enterprise Resource Planning: 28-30 July (Kenya)
 Certified Fibre Optic Technician: 10-13 August (Kenya)
 Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL): 18-20 August (Kenya)
 Satellite Communications Systems: 25-27 August (Kenya)
 Mini-MBA in Telecoms: 6-9 September (Kenya)
Book Now, Limited spaces available

ITIL v3 Foundation Course

2010-08-18 00:00
2010-08-20 23:59

Dear All,

Invitation: ITIL v3 Foundation Course, 18-20 August 2010, eDevelopment House, Nairobi, Kenya

ITIL the short-form of Information Technology Infrastructure Library is meant to define the organizational structure and skill requirements of an Information Technology Business. It also defines a set of customary operation management measures and practices that enable the business to handle an IT operation and associated infrastructure. ITIL is the most recognized and well-known set of best practices for IT Service Management. Used by thousands of organizations around the world, the ITIL Framework has matured and is now the defacto standard for the management of IT.

Against the above background African eDevelopment Resource Center in partnership with ITPrenuers is hosting a three-day (18-20 August 2010) Intensive ITIL v3 Foundation Course in Nairobi, Kenya, to bring IT Professionals up to speed with this very powerful program.

This training will be offered as combination of presentation (lectures), class discussions and case studies. There will be overnight case study assignments daily as well as a group projects. The overall delivery of the training is offered as follows:

• Class Presentations
o Lecture materials (Folder) will be provided to all participants
• Class Discussions
o Participants are encouraged to actively participate in class discussions and feel free to discuss their work project issues to share and learn from others as well as the new tools they are learning
• Case Studies
o Papers with cases studies will assigned everyday for participants to study overnight and take part in class discussions using the concepts learnt on the previous day

At the end of this intensive Course participants will sit for an ITIL and Project Management Institute accredited exam prior to Certification . The registration fee for this course is US$ 995 plus 16% VAT this includes the Course handbook and CD, administrative costs, meals and refreshments during the course, each participant will however be required to pay an extra US$ 160 to sit for the exam.

Attached, please find the course outline and the registration form for your use.

Kindest regards,

Macharia Celestine
African eDevelopment Resource Centre
eDevelopment House : : 604 Limuru Road
Old Muthaiga : : P O Box 49475 00100
Nairobi : : Kenya
Landline +254 20 3741646/7 : : Cell +254 722 284328
Training : : Research : : Consultancy : Publishing

July-August2010 Capacity Building Opportunities:

VSAT Field Engineering: 7-9 July (Kenya)
GIS Disaster Management: 14-16 July(Kenya)
Knowledge Management Course: 21-23 July (Kenya)
Enterprise Resource Planning: 28-30 July (Kenya)
Certified Fibre Optic Technician: 10-13 August (Kenya)
Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL): 18-20 August (Kenya)
Satellite Communications Systems: 25-27 August (Kenya)
Mini-MBA in Telecoms: 6-9 September (Kenya)

Book Now, Limited spaces available

Broadband for Nigeria

The just concluded Broadband for Nigeria Stakeholders Forum was indeed a meeting that delivered on its objectives. It was held on Wednesday July 28, 2010 at the NCCE Hall, Central Business District, Abuja. Association for Progressive Communications (APC) provided the support funding while Fantsuam Foundation, Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria, ATCON; Nigeria ICT Forum of Partnership Institutions and Telecom Answers Associates supplied the faculty which put the forum together.

After kicking off with exchange of pleasantries and a welcome address, the first Nigerian Broadband Stakeholders Forum got down to serious business with the presentation of a Broadband framework supported with a background document.

Engr. Titi Omo Ettu, President, Association of Telecommunication Companies in Nigeria, took the audience through these documents, spicing his presentation with examples and inside information which only long-time IT practitioners were privy to. Thereafter, delegates were invited to make their input. The BB4NG team had made efforts before the event to ensure a wide dissemination of the two key documents, through print and internet, and this seemed to have paid off as attested to by the quality and passion of contributions made by participants at the Forum.

The discussion and observation that followed the document presentation was rich and diverse, and it was one of such observations that seemed to have captured the essence of what the Nigerian Government needed to do, and do quickly. It was observed that Nigerians are at various levels in awareness of and demand for Broadband internet access, and the consensus is that this should not be a question of choosing either Bread or Broadband. Nigerians need both Bread and Broadband!

It was observed that beyond ensuring that the Broadband for Nigeria framework document, synergizes with ongoing and previous efforts of Government, it must be made explicit and clear to Government that BROADBAND IS THE MEDIUM THAT IS NEEDED TO ENSURE A SUCCESSFUL, SUSTAINABLE, AND INCLUSIVE ACHIEVEMENT OF OUR MDG COMMITMENTS AND VISION 2020-20.

This message came through this stakeholders forum loudly and clearly and it presents the Nigerian Government an opportunity to make Nigeria’s MDG commitments and Vision 2020-20, not a pyrrhic victory but a lasting reality. The message is that: broadband is the critical and efficient medium needed for the timely delivery of MDGs, Vision 2020-20 and ICT4D. In order to ensure that Nigeria’s MDG commitments and Vision 202020 reach their target audience in ALL the 774 Local Governments, it will require a substantial completion of fixed Broadband infrastructure that gives optimum connectivity within the country and to the global internet.

The First Nigerian Broadband Stakeholders Forum has delivered on its objectives and it has presented us the opportunity to make Nigeria’s MDG commitments and Vision 2020-20 a reality. The next crucial steps is to ensure that this message reaches all the people who will be responsible in developing the policy that will make this a reality.

The Forum, under the chairmanship of Mr. Olusola Teniola, Chief Operating Officer of Phase 3 Telecom, brought together a wide range of stakeholders. Senior Civil servants such as Dr. Moses Olateju Ojo Director, NCCE; Mr Obi Adindu, Senior Special Assistant to the Minister of Communication made contributions.

Chairman of NITDA, Hon Mohammed Bulama gave an inspiring speech while Secretary General of the Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities, Prof Jibril Dahiru Amin pledged the full support of Nigerian Universities for this effort and this was echoed by representatives from several research and educational institutions.

The IT industry had Dr Armstrong Takang, and other Senior Executives from IEEE, Monarch Communications Ltd, Linkserve, and President of the Information Technology Association of Nigeria, Dr Olufuye, were key contributors at the Forum.

Mr. Adrian Wood the pioneer MD of MTN, now CEO of BryMEDIA Consortium was there while President of Nigeria Computer Society, Prof. Charles Uwadia sent goodwill message and endorsement to the Forum. The presence of grassroot politicians, such as Councilor Ibrahim La’ah from Kaura Local Government of Kaduna State, showed the extent to which information about this event had been circulated. The Nigerian Military through Navy Commodore James Oluwole and Air Commodore Pat Udabor and other very senior Military officers also expressed full endorsement of the framework document. Civil society organisations such as Life Impact Foundation Intl., One World UK, Abuja Photographers Association, Center for Information technology & Development, Telecommunications Consumers Association of Nigeria, Development Information Network and national youth Corps members were also present.

Six additional items/ isssues were accepted to be addressed in the Framework Document.

Delegates represented the following organisations: Abuja Photographers Association; Adamawa State University; African Science & Tech Digest; Ahmadu Bello University; All Voices; Analytical Technology Ltd; ATCON; Bayero University Kano; Brymedia Group Ltd.; Businessday; Center for Information technology & Development; Committee of Vice Chancellors; Compass Nigeria; Consultancy Support Services-CS2; Daily Independent; Data ZA Ltd; Datasphir; DCOMMS-Defense Hqtrs.; Development Information Network; Fantsuam Foundation; Far Eye Marketing & Communications Ltd; FCE Kano; FCT Secondary Education Board; FCTA; Fed. Ministry I & C; Federal University of Tech. Akure; Financial Standard; Galaxy Backbone Plc.; Globacom Ltd.; Goga Investment Nig. Ltd.; Grassroot Systems Ltd.; Hafasco Communications Ltd.; Huawei Technologies Company Nigeria Ltd.; IEEE Nigeria; ITAN; Kasuf Continental Ltd.; Kaura LG. Kaduna; KJ Technologies Ltd.; Kolmart Nig. Ltd; Layer 3; Life Impact Foundation Intl.; Lifeboom Century; Linkserve Ltd.; Media Trust; Megadi Security Service; Muhtasib Resources Ltd. Sokoto; National Planning Commission; National Teachers Institute; National Youth Service Corps; NBTE; NCCE; News Agency of Nigeria; ng ICT Forum; Nigerian Airforce; Nigerian Navy; Nigerian Tribune; NITDA; NITEL; One World UK; ONSA; Phase 3 Telecomm Ltd; Rural Electrification Agency; Sapphire Consult; Self Employed; Special Advisor ICT, Sokoto State; Step B; Swap Technologies & Telecoms Plc; Technology Support Centre Nigeria; Telecom Answers Associates; Telecommunications Consumers Association of Nigeria; Tinitop Technologies Ltd.; Unetcom Technologies Ltd.; University of Agriculture, Makurdi; University of Ibadan; University of Mkar; Vanguard; Wise Point Technology; and Yentech Services.

For more information, contact: bb4ng@forum.org.ng
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BB4NG FORUM ATTENDANCE!

Attendance at the BB4NG Forum is FREE and for all persons who are sufficiently concerned about the provision of broadband access for Nigerian no matter their status, and location are invited to make input into a Framework document which shall be presented to the Federal Government as input to developing a comprehensive national broadband strategy for Nigeria.

Venue

NCCE Conference Hall,
Plot 829 Ralph Shodeinde Street
(off Ahmadu Bello Way, opposite Akwa Ibom House),
Central Business District, Abuja

Date/Time:
Wednesday July 28, 2010 at 11.00am.
As nations decide that broadband access is a right for it's citizens, Nigeria is also taking early steps in this direction.

YOU ARE INVITED!
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The Nigeria ICT Forum would like to engage a broad spectrum of stakeholders to begin to discuss how we may fashion a broadband policy for Nigeria. Your voices are critical in this process to represent the rich and divergent views of Nigerians.

Please review the attached documents and send your views (through bb4ng@forum.org.ng) to be harvested by the ICT Forum and synthesized into questions for the face to face discussions on July 28th.

Let's work together to make this a truly representative and inclusive process.

Dr John Dada
Chair, BB4NG Committee

Solar Powered Wireless LAN for Educational Institutions

What do we feel about reducing the cost of deploying LANs in our educational institutions?

At Apex IT we are preparing to deploy solar powered wireless LANs in educational establishments

IT Project Management (ITPM) Training Course

2010-05-18 00:00
2010-05-20 17:00

IT Project Management Training (ITPM) Course: CITS University of Lagos May 18-20 2010

Datasphir is pleased to announce that an IT Project Management Course will take place at the Centre for Information Technology & Systems (CITS) University of Lagos from May 18-20. The course will be facilitated by ESI International (South Africa).

Synopsis: IT project management provides unique challenge; besides dealing with the formidable task of traditional project management, IT project managers need to address specific areas of IT that include:
• Hardware
• Software
• Networks
• Systems Integration
• Human Resources

The Managing IT Projects course is the first of 7 courses leading to the award of a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from the George Washington University School of Business and Public Management, USA.

Target Audience: The course is a must for:
1. practitioners across the academic and commercial sectors who are Project Managers, Programme Managers and Project Leaders who wish to formalise or improve their project management methods and techniques;
2. Anyone in academic or commercial sectors who has (or is about to have) responsibilities for tasks that requires a project management approach.
3. Team Leaders participating in large systems development or implementation projects or simply anyone wishing to make a career out of managing IT projects and want to use the course as a step towards the Master’s Certificate and PMP certification.

Aim: The ITPM course is designed to extend traditional project management concepts into the IT arena. Participants will gain an understanding of the strategies and skills needed to manage IT projects of any size.

Benefits: Delegates will learn the following:
1.Identify project requirements using proven techniques
2. Learn how to staff your project team with shared resources
3. Estimate IT project costs and schedules using simple techniques
4. Determine the requirements for hardware and telecommunications projects
5. Understand and quantify the importance of different software testing methods

Materials: Delegates will receive pre-course reading notes and case study materials in addition to course material and access to online resources related to the course.

Price: The ITPM Course is N130,000.
- Delegates who pay before 10th May 2010 will receive a 5% (N6,500) discount;
- For delegates who require accommodation for the period, our registration desk can assist with booking accommodation at the University of Lagos Guest House or the nearby AHI Residence.

Registration: If you wish to attend the ITPM Course please send an e-mail with
your name, position, organisation, e-mail address, mobile number and
if you need assistance with booking accommodation to: itpm@datasphir.com

The 2009 Nigerian Network Operators' Group Workshop and Meeting, University of Ilorin, 08-15 November, 2009

The 4th edition of the Annual ngNOG Workshop and Meeting is scheduled to take place at the University of Ilorin , as follows:

Workshop and Meeting Venue:
Geology Complex,
University of Ilorin (Permanent Site), Ilorin, Kwara State

Time: 9:00am Daily
Date: 08 - 15 November, 2009

Event Timetable:
Arrival & Registration: 08 November, 2009 (Sunday)
ngNOG Workshop: 09 - 13 November, 2009 (Monday - Friday)
ngNOG Tutorials: 14 November, 2009 (Saturday)
ngNOG Meeting: 14 November, 2009 (Saturday)
Departure: 15 November, 2009 (Sunday)

Application forms can be filled on line at http://forum.org.ng/ngnog/apply2009.

The closing date for receiving applications is Saturday 19th September 2009.

About the 2009 ngNOG

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Workshops

Acknowledgements: the ngNOG curriculum and materials for the Internet Infrastructure, Internet Services, and Unix System Administration tracks were adapted from AfNOG.

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