The ngNOG V Workshop at UniPort: A Celebration in the Niger Delta

ngNOG 2010, the 5th anniversary edition of the annual series of the Nigerian Network Operators' Group (ngNOG) Workshop and Meetings, was successfully held and celebrated at the University of Port Harcourt (UniPort) from 10-16 October 2010.

Sixty six (66) delegates from 18 Institutions and Organizations participated in the six parallel tracks of the 2010 ngNOG workshop in Port Harcourt. 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; 71 delegates from 25 institutions in the five tracks of the 2008 ngNOG in Lagos; and 85 delegates from 15 Institutions and Organizations in the five parallel tracks of the 2009 ngNOG workshop in Ilorin.

Professor Joseph A. Ajienka, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt, was involved enough with the workshop to qualify as a delegate. He treated us to a fantastic closing dinner and social evening. The Niger Delta is safe, he seemed to declare, and the LOC proceeded to prove it by organizing an enthralling riverine sight-seeing tour to the legendary Kingdom of Opobo.

The University of Port Harcourt (UniPort) was where the Appropriate Power Technologies (APT) Track was conceived and tested out in 2006.

In 2010, UniPort consolidated its key historic position by inaugurating the Applications and Content Development Track of ngNOG that was delivered by international resource persons.

The distribution of the 66 delegates to the 2010 workshop tracks is given below:

  • 18 System Administration(SysAdmin)
  • 08 Internet Infrastructure (II)
  • 07 Internet Services and Applications (IS)
  • 04 Appropriate Power Technologies (APT)
  • 19 ICT Strategy, Policy and Management (SPM)
  • 10 Applications, Content Development and Management (ACD)

We are grateful to the various Institutions and Firms, who contributed instructors and presenters: Mortenson Center for International Library Programs; ICTP, Trieste; 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 ; Datasphir Ltd and The Bandwidth Consortium .

Layer3 made a record cash donation of NGN 1.25 Million in support of this event, and also sent delegates to ngNOG Port Harcourt. And, of course, ISOC NG's Chief Giandomenico Massari sent their annual donation to the workshop site.

ngNOG V at Port Harcourt was also dominated by Academic Network Operators: 80% of participants were from the HEIs. As many as 20 participants were also affiliated to University Libraries this year, thanks to the synergy grown with the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs. Following University of Port Harcourt (UniPort) with 18 delegates, other contributors of delegates to ngNOG V were led this time around, by the University of Jos with 8 delegates and the National Assembly with 7 delegates, thanks to the facilitation provided by PARP.

At 33%, the participation rate for women was much better at Port harcourt than was ever recorded. It was 26% in 2006; 13% in 2007; 14% in 2008; and 19% in 2009.

Two tutorials were presented at ngNOG V: on Virtualization, by Dewole Ajao and Cletus Okolie, and Building Low Cost Network Storage, by Clement Onime.

The 2010 ngNOG meeting was the best attended so far, and featured key presentations on Carbon Credit by Nentawe Goshe, and outputs of Deliberations from the Strategy, Policy and Management track and the evening discussions by Bashir Sani.

This workshop built-upon foundations laid at the preparatory-ngNOG Workshop that held at the University of Ibadan in July 2006, and the four full editions that were hosted at UniJos, BUK, Unilag and Unilorin. 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 11 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 which donated books, supported delegates and sent resource persons; all the delegates, observers, and volunteer team of instructors and presenters, and their employers; as well as our Membership, and to the ngNOG 5th Annoversary workshop host institution, LOC, Interns and organizers.

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.