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Day 4 – Grand Conclusion

The ICT Conference came to a grand closure after a brief closing ceremony. It commenced with the Director ICT University of Benin giving his hearty vote of thanks to all the sponsors of the conference, invited guests, Staff and Students of the University of Benin and all Participants. Also the Branch Manager of Globacom Nigeria limited gave a grand speech highlighting the progress and strides the company has achieved over time in collaboration/ partnership with the University of Benin re-affirming Globacom’s determination to continuing her support.

Director and CRPU, Certificate and ID Card
Director and CRPU, Certificate and ID Card

A sub initiative of Nigerian Computer Society (NCS), The Nigerian Women in Information Technology (NIWIIT), a group whose main objective is to “Foster Unity among Nigerian Women in the IT Industry through “Networking” was introduced to the attendance by the Edo State Coordinator Dr Mrs Konyeha. she highlighted the need for more women in IT to register and be a part of the FUTURE of IT. There was also some excitement as there was a display of cultural dance routines by the formidable and ever active theatre arts cultural group of the Faculty of Arts, University of Benin.

Mrs. Stella Onyebueke; HOD Training Centre of the ICT Unit gave a vote of thanks on behalf of the Vice Chancellor and Director ICT Unit. She talked about the variety of professional courses offered by the department urging participants to apply for courses in the centre assuring them of the training center’s effectiveness and affordability.

Day 3 – Wednesday

Talk 1: Title – Enhanced Capacity Building and Contribution to Manpower Development
delivered by Engr. Emmanuel Ochei, CEO/MD, Certified Systems, Abuja.
It is the capacity you carry that determine how relevant you are in the IT world. The spirit of working as a team must be built among one another. How indispensable are you at your work place? Do people miss you when you re not at work? Are you a versatile IT person?
These are some of the numerous questions begging for answers today.
Director and Staff of ICTU/CRPU
Director and Staff of ICTU/CRPU
All IT practitioners ranging from the students to staff must build capacity to be able to contribute to manpower development. You must explore and perform to be able to add value. Excuses are not acceptable.
Importance of capacity building cannot be over emphasized. IT people must be up and doing and create no room for discouragement. We all must make a decision today to improve on our ability and skills to remain relevant in the IT industry.
The CEO also urged all present to develop the interest and enthusiasm to be able to function appropriately and meet up with demand in the IT field. He also advised all involved to undergo necessary training in other to remain relevant and up to date with the ICT trend.
DEFINITION:  Network Monitoring refers  to the process of checking the status of a network. Network Management means to uptimize the network to ensure it is functioning appropriately. The services also need to be managed.
Why monitor our network?
  1. We need to monitor the networks to ascertain whether there are problems  before our customers/clients start to call to lay complaints.
  2. We need to monitor to be able to track resource utilization and bill our clients.
  3. We monitor our networks to avoid congestion.
  4. We also need to monitor our network to know whether we are under any external attack or not and also ensure that you have put the necessary tools in place to mitigate attacks.
What do you manage?
  1. Equipments we deploy need to be managed
  2. Software we run (e.g RANCID,CVS etc)
Why do you manage network?
To ascertain whether we are satisfying our customers/clients or not.
Definition: business is a person’s regular trade or occupation. A business aim is the goal it wants to achieve. The objective of a business is  a detailed picture of a step you plan to take in order to achieve a stated aim. There are 5 major objectives that must be put in place to ensure maximum productivity. They include:
1. Survival – this involves the plans put in place to ensure continuous existence of the business. For your business to survive,you must be aware of what your competitors are doing and ensure you are not left behind.
2. Profit Maximization
3. Growth
4. Managerial objectives
5. Sales Revenue Maximazation.
Businesses like humans can die too as  result of the following three factors:
1. Negligence
2. Inexperience
3. Greed
Seven warning signs of a dying business
1. Low sales
2. No innovation-nothing new
3. No differentiation-nothing unique
4. No positive word of mouth-referrals and testimonies
5. Low Employee Morale- how well are you paying attention to your people? How well are you paying your staff or team?
6.  Poor cash flow management
7. No learning and development
Business revival therefore are the steps taken to revitalize a dead or dying business. They include:
1. Re-evaluation- look within your business to know the situation and to ascertain what to do to revive it. Look at the key areas like strategy, people involved, customer satisfaction, product, process and finance.
2. Re-definition-  re-evaluation reveals what is wrong and re-definition is putting the business back on track. This is where you go back to the drawing board to set the overall direction for the organization.
3. Re-employ- to resurrect a dying business, you must get the right people on board and get the wrong people off.
4. Re-innovate- introduce new ideas to remain relevant in the market
5. Re-brand- rebranding means to give your business a new meaning, a facelift and a new identity.
Tools/principles that can guide you to do business;
Before starting:
  1. Good feasibility study
  2. Good business plan
  3. Break Even analysis
  4. Consult business experts where necessary
  5. Pareto Analysis
  6. Business SWOT Analysis
The Pareto analysis and SWOT analysis are found to be very useful in business survival and revival. The pareto also known as the 80/20 rule means that 20% of your business activities  actually generate 80% of the benefits of doing the entire business. The SWOT on the other hand,is a useful technique for understanding your Strengths and Weaknesses and for identifying both the Opportunities open to you and the Threats you face.
department student.

The opening ceremony of the ICT week held at the Akin Deko Auditorium, University Of Benin, Ugbowo Benin City. The event kicked off about 9am with registration of delegates from other Universities and Institutes, staff and students of the University of Benin but officially started at 10:30am with a welcome address from the Vice Chancellor Of The University Of Benin , Prof. F.F.O. Orunwense. He acknowledged the presence of the representative of the Minister of Communications, other dignitaries, sponsors, Deans and H.O.D’s of Departments and delegates from neighbouring universities. He highlighted the journey so far as ICT in UNIBEN was concerned and pointed out the successes achieved by the present administration had achieved. He also gave kudos to Director of ICT, Prof. Fredrick Ekhaise for being able to organize the first ICT week in Nigeria.
A keynote address was given by Engr. Kayode a representative of the Minister of Education. Thereafter a good will message was given by  Patricks Oghunma (PhD), a representative of the Minister of Communication.
A talk on Enhanced Capacity Building and Contribution to Manpower Development was delivered by Engr. Emmanuel Ochei CEO/MD Certified Systems. He talked about UNIBEN and ICT as a whole, saying they already have things set in place and that they happen to be one of the Universities to do so. UNIBEN happens to be one of the first to have Intelligence Surveillance around the school. The reason behind this he said, is for the safety and security of the student.
He said that University of Benin is concerned about the unemployment status of the youth in our society and thus an academy has been set up to bridge the gap in teaching and learning using ICT.
He encouraged the Director to organize lectures and workshops to expose students to the importance of ICT and that all should support the enhanced capacity building and contribution to /manpower development.

The Director Of ICT, Prof.Frederick Ekhaise, expatiated on the successes of the University Of Benin as far as ICT was concerned. He appreciated the University Management for their immense support to the growth and development of ICT in the University Of Benin. He talked about the ICT projects and achievements of the ICT including. He told the audience that University of Benin was the first to build and use a locally designed CBT software to conduct internal exams. He also appreciated the organizing committee of the ICT week and encouraged his team to keep up with the good work.
The Opening ceremony ended with a vote of thanks by the Director of ICT. He encouraged all participants and invited guests to attend day 2 of the ICT week by 9am tomorrow at the Senate Chambers.
Deans, dignitaries and staff of the ICT were later invited to a banquet at the University Banquet Hall.

DSC_0463The event started about 10:00am with a lecture on Funding ICT for Education Capacity development Building & Transformation in the Economic Development of Nigeria was delivered by Dr.Tunde Adekola , a representative of  World Bank , Abuja.
He talked about how partnership and collaboration of both state actors( Universities, Federal and state) and Non-State actors( NGO’s and Private Donors)can help optimize the benefits of ICT in the society.He said the World Bank is very much interested in funding educational projects in Nigeria, as long as especially when innovation and effective use of resources becomes our culture. According to him the challenges facing investment of ICT in Nigeria is the absence of openness, transparency and accountability. He ended his lecture with a Q and A session.
A second lecture was delivered by Microsoft’s Education Programs Manager in Nigeria , Miss Jordan Belmonte. She talked on “The changing Landscape of Education and the need for 21st Century Education”. She explained that the service sector is he largest sector of the 25 largest economies in the world and that more than 50% of today’s jobs require some technical skill.
She emphasised the need for collaboration between schools from different geographical regions though the Microsoft Education resources platform. This platform is free and enables interaction with other educators around the world. She said students learn best and retain the most when they are interested and engaged with one another.
Participants went for a 1hr tea break and later resumed with a talk from Mr. Oluwaseyi Obiyemi , a representative of Huawei Technologies. He talked on the topic : Huwaei Smart Education Solution for University , make IT simple, Make Campus Agile. He stated that Education is the premise of Progress and that Huwaei technologies was a global leader in ICT solutions and that it dedicates 10% of its annual profit to research and development. He then elaborated on the Smart Education Blueprint which he said offers packages like intelligent classroom, campus network and education cloud.
Mrs. Alero Uwawah from the department of Theatre Arts , Faculty of Arts , spoke on the topic : ICT  and Theatre for Development : Challenges of Modern Tools.She explained to the audience what Theatre was and how it could be used as a tool for reaching out information to people. She highlighted the challenges experienced by her department which militates against the use of ICT .She later made recommendations to the University Management and the ICT in particular in order to enhance the reach of ICT in the University , especially on the Ekanwan Campus were Theatre Arts is located.

The climax of the day ended with an impressive talk by one of the staff of the Networking Unit of University Of Benin ICT Unit, Engr. Hensley Omorodion. He spoke on the topic:“Bridging the Chasim: High Performance Technologies for computational Research. He stressed the need for High Performance Computing (HPC) in the University of Benin, being a place where the level of computational research is very high. He encouraged the Management, staff and students of UNIBEN to tap in to the world of High performance Computing .