1st Preparatory Nigerian Network Operators Group (Pre-NgNOG) Workshop

The University of Ibadan successfully hosted the first edition of the Preparatory Nigerian Network Operators Group (Pre-NgNOG) Workshop of the Forum, from 18 - 21 July, 2006.

This workshop was an adaptation of AfNOG Track E0 (Unix System Administration. The strategic aim of the workshop was for the host-institution to maintain the laboratory facility and institutionalize the workshop, so that the training becomes available on a regular, periodic basis. We refer to this workshop mode as "doing Lucy", after Lucy E. Lynch (then) of the University of Oregon who suggested it recently.

It was also aimed to prepare participants for more advanced training at the first Nigerian Network Operators Group (NgNOG I) Workshop and Meeting that will be hosted by the University of Jos later in November, and to improve uptake of Nigerian delegates at AfNOG Workshops.

Admission criteria was the same as for AfNOG Track E0, i.e. basic computer experience. We aimed for 30 participants, and got 35! Participants for Pre-NgNOG included staff and students from 14 institutions (including universities, NGOs and a government agency).

In the spirit of AfNOG workshops, the trainers and facilitators were all volunteers, all of who have had exposure to earlier AfNOG training.

The Forum used grants from MacArthur Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York to facilitate the event.

All the trainers were Nigerian volunteers who have either been trained or serve as trainers at AfNOG workshops. They include:
Mr. Sunday Folayan and Mr. Dele Amiere of SKANNET; Ms. Binta Audu of UniJos Consultancy Ltd; Ms. Geraldine Daloeng of the University of Jos Network; and Ms. Tarimin Kewa, of G-Web Integrated Systems.

Other important supporters of this event include:

Network Startup Resource Center (http://nsrc.org/), which sent a most generous donation of books and equipment for this workshop.

The University of Ibadan contributed venue and PCs for the event, and joined SKANNET to handle local logistics for the event. SKANNET was a great partner, and provided lunch for all participants throughout the event!

Some 44 candidates were trained- mostly from r&e institutions- and prepared for better uptake at the first edition of the full NgNOG Workshop (a sort of pre-AfNOG, in turn), scheduled to hold at the University of Jos from 2006.11.20-25, with arrival on 19th November 2006.

This workshop leveraged on the AfNOG spirit of sunday A. Folayan and SKANNET and their proximity to, and existing partnership with the University of Ibadan. Apart from participating in setup and local organization, Sunday led the team of instructors, and SKANNET contributed an additional trainer and a fleet of administrative support staff.