Stories by KAYODE AJIBOYE
Participants at the recently held 9th Nigerian Network Operators Group (Ng NOG) Workshop 2014 have been advised to get back to base and teach others in order to raise a team.
The advice was given by the Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor Charles Ayo, in his remarks at the dinner organized to round-off the 5-day capacity building workshop hosted by Covenant University.
Professor Ayo noted that Nigerians always thrive if given adequate training and right environment to operate. He added that Nigerians have the wherewithal in ICT, but lack of leadership has been the bane for the underdevelopment in this regard. This, according to him, has resulted in some smaller African nations to be ahead of the country.
He also noted that right networking of the participants might be what is required to move the nation forward because what makes a nation is not the abundance of what lies under the ground, but what individuals have ‘upstairs’.
The Vice-Chancellor commended the participants, particularly the instructors, for demonstrating quality leadership by training others without any form of gratification.
He also expressed the desire of the University to once more host the event co-sponsored by Google Incorportion.
Earlier in his remarks, the Coordinator, Ng NOG, Malam Nasir Bello, stated that the workshop was unique because it was the first time it was hosted by a private university.
He said the group was impressed by the University’s ICT facilities, noting that, “This is the best in all the nine Universities that have hosted the event”.
The 5-day workshop exposed the participants to systems administration, Internet infrastructure, Internet services as well as applications and content development.
The Ng NOG is a forum for cooperation and the exchange of technical information among operators of Internet-connected networks in Nigeria. The group’s workshop and meetings have become annual events which continue to evolve in content, tracks, style, diversity, and delivery in response to the needs of the Nigerian network operators’ community.