NgREN Board Holds Inaugural Meeting
The Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Julius A.Okojie, OON, on Friday, 7 March, 2014, hosted an inaugural meeting of the Nigerian Research and Education Network (NgREN) at the NgREN's Board Room.The Executive Secretary, who also chairs the NgREN Board, informed the members of the significance of the project to the Nigerian University System (NUS), as it would facilitate the sharing of research findings amongst universities. He noted that the NgREN was conceived after many initiatives to address connectivity needs of the NUS yielded little or no result. According to him, there was the need to address the dearth of basic networking infrastructure, especially broadband connectivity which was hindering the deployment of ICT solutions in the universities. Prof. Okojie
appreciated the efforts of the Commission and the Committee of Vice-Chancellors(CVC) in ensuring that the network came alive. He noted that the NgREN has resulted in the drop of bandwidth cost for the 27 institutions that are currently on the network and urged Board members to work with other stakeholders in the NUS to ensure that the project is sustained. He also assured the Board of government's commitment to the network.
The Project Manager, NgREN and Deputy Director, ICT Projects, Dr. Joshua Atah briefed members of the Board on the achievements of the Project, saying that the NgREN was to among other things promote interconnectivity amongst Nigerian universities in the most cost effective way. He disclosed that more support was being solicited from stakeholders to expand the network,
in order to accommodate all the 129 universities in the country.
Present at the inaugural meeting were: Prof. Jubrila D. Amin; Prof. Muhammad Muhammad; Prof. Riskuwa Shehu; Prof. Isaac Adewole; Prof. Comfort Ekpo; Dr. Muhammad Usman and Mr. Ayodele Adigun.