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Information and Communication Technology Centre

Introduction

The Information and Communication Technology Centre (ICTC) was established in 2007 when the University was a College of Education.

The centre was established to provide all Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructural and support services to the various departments, faculties, units, and directorates of the University. Specifically, the ICT centre offers the following services.

  • Provides e-facilities for payment of school-related fees, recording and monitoring of Students’ registration processes, such as course registration, hostel booking and allocation, timetable calendar scheduling and result checking
  • CBT-based examinations
  • Providing helpdesk services to staff for University-owned IT infrastructure
  • Providing computers and IT-based training for ICT staff, students and other staff of the Institution
  • Procuring, installing and maintaining ICT equipment in the ICT centre and University-owned equipment
  • Advising relevant bodies in the University on the Implementation of new and improved ICT policies and Technologies to be well-informed and digitally dynamic and
  • To suggest the appropriate network infrastructure and ISP to the management of the university as well as distribution network to the offices for use.

The ICT centre started with one staff but has expanded to nine staff (six permanent and 3 casual staff) who have various qualifications and professional certifications in IT-related fields. The first staff is Mr Kitoye Okonny.

Other staff include Dr Osaki Miller Thom-Manuel, Mr Tombari Tete, Mr Lebari Nbaakee, Mr Goodlive Oguzie, Mr Promise Kpe-Nobana, Mr Emmanuel Aburuotu, and Ms Adora Agugaham.

So far, the ICT centre has been managed by four Directors. They are Prof. Dele Joshua Osahougulu (2008-2015), Prof. Jane Onwugbuta Enyi (Aug. 2015- Jan. 2019), Prof. Prince Nwachukwu Ololube (March 2019 – June 2021) and currently, Professor Priye Iyalla-Amadi who was appointed in June 2021.

The ICT centre is organized into seven functional units, namely: Technology Management Unit (TMU), Information Management Unit (IMU), Instruction and Research Unit (IRU) and Network Unit (NU). Others are Software Development Unit (SDU), Business and Training Unit (BTU) and Centre Administrative Unit (CAU).

Each unit has a head. The Technology Management Unit (TMU), Information Management Unit (IMU) and Instruction and Research Unit (IRU) are headed by Dr Osaki Miller Thom-Manuel, Mr Tombari Tete and Dr Lebari Friday Nbaakee respectively. In the same vein, the Network Unit (NU), Software Development Unit (SDU), Business and Training Unit (BTU) and Centre Administrative Unit (CAU) are headed by Mr Goodlive Oguzie, Mr Kitoye Okonny, Mr Tombari Tete and Mr Dennis Fiberesima respectively.

The Technology Management Unit (TMU) is charged with the responsibility of procurement and Installation of IT equipment as well as embarking on preventive and corrective maintenance services on university-owned IT equipment.

The Information Management Unit (IMU) is charged with the responsibility of effecting the use of online facilities for email, students’ registrations and the University e-portal and website management, Instruction and Research Unit (IRU) is charged with the responsibility of promoting the use of IT equipment for the delivery of instruction and research work.
The Network Unit (NU) is charged with the responsibility of distributing the network to various offices as well as its management.

The Software Development Unit (SDU) takes care of CBT-based software development and its management and any other software developed by and for the ICTC; the Business and Training Unit (BTU) takes care of generating funds by organising training/workshops for IT-related programmes for ICTC staff, other staff of the University and for the general public, and the Centre, Administrative Unit (CAU) is concerned with taking care of administrative duties in the ICTC.

At its inception, the centre had three digital halls capable of accommodating 200 computers. However, there were only two servers, 50 desktop computers and twenty notebooks.

Currently, the ICT centre has a second building (ICTC building 2) with 600 sitting capacity, and is equipped with two hundred and fifty desktop computers, 290 laptops (in ICTC 1 and ICTC 2 buildings), two server rooms and CCTV cameras installed in ICTC 2 building.
Computers and other IT-related equipment have been bought by the University, including donations by corporate bodies like NCC, TetFund intervention, and Spectrum Nigeria.

Projects Organised by the ICT Centre

  1. Intel Teach programme – Getting started course was successfully organized and implemented in the ICT centre in October, 2010. Staff of the university were trained on basic computer operational skills.
  2. Teachers Professional Development Workshop facilitated by the Rivers State University of Education in conjunction with the Universal Basic Education (UBE) was implemented in the ICT centre in April 4-8, 2011.
  3. The Nigerian Universities Electronic Teaching and Learning platform organized by Spectrum Engineering Limited on the 24th of February, 2016 was done in the ICT centre.
  4. Development and Implementation of the university Website and e-Portal. The University website is the gateway through which the University interacts with the outside world and verse visa. The university incorporated in it various e-facilities like the e-portal, Time table calendar, email system, the University Open Educational Resource (OER) page and many others. The e-portal enables payment of school-related fees and other registration processes to be made. The time table calendar shows schedules for university activities for each academic session, the email system generates the official email address of the university faculty (lecturers), students and every other staff of the university.
  5. The hire and utilization of ICT centre digitals and computers for Joint Matriculation Examination in 2015 and 2016.
  6. Post-UTME aptitude test exams aimed at selecting and appropriately placing eligible candidates into various departments of the University were successfully conducted in 2015 and 2016.
  7. ADAPTI (Advanced Appreciation Programme for Tertiary Institution) was carried out in 2017 and 2018 for University staff. About 100 staff of the university selected from various departments and units were beneficiary of the training. Another updated programme of its kind is also scheduled to take place in the centre in a short time from now.
  8. CISCO Instructor Training for staff of the ICTC was also carried by CISCO in 2017 and was sponsored by the University. Professional courses on IT Essentials, CCNA 1, 2, 3 and the 4th stages were taught and examinations sat for. The university now have a CISCO academy for the training of students and people from outside the University.
  9. In 2018, the ICTC successfully conducted GNS examination using CBT-based software. CBT-based examination has and will continue to lessen the stress of marking exam papers for lecturer as well as enable students know their scores instantly.
  10. In 2017, the University proposed the expansion of the ICTC to accommodate more candidates for examinations and workshops. This became necessary when the Joint Matriculation Examination Board refused the University accreditation to partake in the 2017 UTME. The board requested the University to increase its computer capacity to more than 200 sitting spaces. Today, the new ICTC building has 2 floors that has a total of 600 sitting capacity and the ICTC is ready for use.
  11. In March 2019, the University in partnership with CISCO International under CISCO Networking Academy conducted a one-day workshop. The purpose was to create awareness in the University of the Commencement of CISCO professional certification courses namely CISCO IT Essentials, Cisco Certified Network Associate 1(CCNA1), CCNA2, CCNA3 and CCNA4.

ICTC is an inevitable unit in every university that wants to go digital. Since the role of IT-related services keep improving and the digital community keep expanding, ICTC’s usefulness will continue to remain relevant to meet the digital immigrant and native needs.

Vision & Mission

  •  Vision

    Deliberate strategic application of Information and Communications Technology in all facets of work be it administrative, learning, teaching and research with a view of producing all round graduates and workforce that will perfectly fit into our digitised world.

  •  Mission

    To use Information and Communications Technology as a development catalyst that will improve the quality of administration, teaching, Learning and Research and strategically position our University as the best in ICT Utilisation and Development in Africa.

Director's Speech

Dr. Nathaniel Ojekudo

The centre was established to provide all Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Infrastructural and support services to the various departments, faculties, units, and directorates of the University.

Director's Profile

Dr Nathaniel Akpofure Ojekudo was born on 17th May, 1971 in Obiofu in Ogba Egbema Ndoni

Local Government Area of Rivers State. He is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and currently, the Acting Director of the Information and Communication Technology Centre at the University.

CONTACT: EMAIL:nathojekudo@gmail.com, nathaniel.ojekudo@iaue.edu.ng

AREA OF INTEREST: Applied Mathematics and Computational Intelligence

EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS ATTENDED WITH DATES

Nsukwa Grammer School, Nsukwa:    WAEC O/L Certificate, 1988

University of Benin, Benin City:          B.Sc Computer Science,  1994

Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt:   M.Sc Applied Mathematics, 2007

Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt:   Ph.D Applied Mathematics, 2014

Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Port Harcourt: Ph.D Computer Science, 2021

MEMBERSHIP OF LEARNED SOCIETIES

Full Member, Computer Professionals of Nigeria (CPN) – 002833/2010

Member, Mathematical Association of Nigeria (MAN)

 Other responsibilities held in the University include Member of Faculty Result Review Committee; Member of the Board of Institute of Distance Learning, among others.

RESEARCH INTEREST

Applied Mathematics (Optimization and Operations Research)

PUBLICATIONS

Dr. Ojekudo has forty-four (44) journal articles in local and international publications.

WORKSHOPS / CONFERENCES ATTENDED WITH DATE

He has attended nine workshops and conferences.

Achievements of ICTC Director, June 2021-June 2023

ACHIEVEMENTS SINCE APPOINTMENT AS ICTC DIRECTOR IN JUNE 2021

  1. Construction of one-storey Emergency Exit staircase at the main ICTC building.
  2. Renovation of old ICTC building
  3. Landscaping and beautification of ICTC grounds
  4. Server operations training for ICTC technical staff
  5. Internet operations training for ICTC administrative staff
  6. Tetfund-sponsored ICDL training for Departmental exam officers
  7. Installation and furnishing of Mini conference room in main ICTC building
  8. Construction of a Digital statue
  9. Mural paintings on ICTC buildings and dishes
  10. Establishment of an Internet Garden for students’ academic browsing
  11. Beautification of ICTC grounds with a digital park
  12. Construction and furnishing of a Students’ Waiting Area
  13. Construction of a water system to serve the whole ICTC complex
  14. Renovation of all toilet facilities in the two ICTC buildings
  15. Establishment of IAUE as a JAMB-accredited CBT centre
  16. Successful conduct of 2021/2022 & 2022/2023 JAMB UTME/DE examinations
  17. Organization of JAMB 3rd party exams
  18. Successful collaboration with IDL for NUC accreditation of IAUE OER reources
  19. Construction of Internet cubicles for web-related services
  20. Construction of additional staff offices
  21. Supervision of the construction of standard cubicle offices by MRsoft (Consultants)
  22. Regular technical and administrative meetings with all ICTC staff
  23. Assignment of technical ICTC staff members to all Faculties in the University
  24. Purchase of 42” flat screen TV for CCTV viewing in the Server room
  25. Purchase of additional CCTV cameras for surveillance of ICTC grounds
  26. Purchase of solar lamps for lighting of ICTC front space after dark
  27. Renovation of ICTC Director’s office
  28. Purchase of modern office furniture for administrative staff members
  29. Purchase of executive chairs and other furniture for technical staff members
  30. Purchase of MTN HyNetflex router for the Faculty of Management Sciences
  31. Purchase of MTN HyNetflex router for JAMB operations
  32. Purchase of MTN 5G router for back up internet supply at the ICTC
  33. Facilitation of improved internet supply to key areas in the University
  34. Facilitation of take-over of the University website administration from M-R International
  35. Hiring of security guard for the ICTC
  36. Repair of collapsed septic tank at old ICTC building
  37. Successful conduct of CBT examinations for the University community
  38. Supervision and coordination of university website revamping project
  39. Expansion of ICTC workforce through direct hiring of extra personnel
  40. Acquisition of 100KVA Diesel Generator for the ICTC
  41. Facilitation of CISCO Networking Academy take-off at the IAUE
  42. Provision of free WIFI to IAUE students for academic browsing
  43. Free distribution of Antivirus protection for all University-owned computer systems
  44. Construction of perimeter fencing round the ICTC (University project)
  45. Construction of covered walkway from the Students’ Waiting Area to Digital Halls for CBT examinations.
  46. Commencement of ICTC Business Unit building (ICTC Octagon)
  47. Posting of ICTC staff to various units in the main campus
  48. Posting of ICTC staff to the CCE in St. John’s campus
  49. Purchase of digital cameras and equipment for the ICTC web team
  50. Facilitation of CISCO modules to be taught as GNS courses from the 2022/2023 session.
  51. Construction of a Gate house for the ICTC complex
  52. Purchase of CCTV cameras and port switches for JAMB examinations
  53. Extensive repair and refurbishing of the ICTC Conference room.
  54. Orientation and training programme for newly employed ICTC staff
  55. Coordination and facilitation of biometric capture for all newly University staff
  56. Construction of an internet garden with tiled benches and shades
  57. Construction of hallway exit for CBT examinations.
  58. Purchase and installation of cable TV for the Director’s office
  59. Purchase of 2 new Air conditioners in the mini conference room
  60. Purchase of 4 standing fans to improve ventilation in the CBT hall.
  61. Acquisition of a POS machine for transactions at the ICTC
  62.  Organized digital literacy training and certification for all academic staff
  63.  Organized and facilitated digital literacy workshop for all non-teaching staff
  64. Organized orientation programme for all IAUE students on University web-related services.

INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY CENTRE STAFF

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Mr. Kitoye Ebire Okonny is the Chief Technologist 1.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics (Pure and Applied) and Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Statistics from the then Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt now Rivers State University. He also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science from the University of Port Harcourt and a master’s degree in Strategic ICT Management from the European-American University, Commonwealth of Dominica. Professionally he has vast experience in both private and public sectors and has worked with Euroconsult, Netherlands (Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Contractors) as a Principal IT consultant before joining Ignatius Ajuru University of Education Rumuolumeni, Port Harcourt. He has numerous Professional Certifications such as CISCO, Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist, Oracle Database Administrator Professional, Windows Server Enterprise Administrator and Windows Server Network Infrastructure. He is also a member of many professional bodies such as IEEE Computer Society, Nigeria Computer Society, Nigerian Computer Professionals of Nigeria, Association for Computing Machinery USA, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Member Nigerian Institute for Training and Development.

Mr Tombari Tete

Assistant Chief Technologist

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Mr. Tombari Tete is the Assistant Chief Technologist.
He holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in Computer Science and an M.Sc. in Information Technology.
Mr Tete is a member of the Computer Professionals of Nigeria.
He currently heads the Training and Website Management Units.

Dr Osaki Miller Thom-Manual

Principal Computer Engineer

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Dr. Osaki Miller Thom-Manuel is a Principal Computer Engineer and the Head of the Technology Management Unit.

She obtained a Bachelor of Technology degree in Computer Engineering from the then Rivers State University of Science and Technology, a Postgraduate Diploma in Education, and a Master’s in Computer Science from the University of Port Harcourt.

She also holds a Doctorate degree in Computer Science with a major interest in Software Engineering from the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, as well as other professional certifications including Cisco and Huawei.
 
She belongs to the Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria, Nigeria Computer Society, and Nigerian Women in Information Technology.

Dr Lebari Mbaakee

Principal Computer Technologist

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Dr. Lebari Mbaakee holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Computer Engineering from the University of Uyo, an M.Sc. in Information Technology from the National Open University of Nigeria, PGDE from the University of Ibadan, and a Ph.D in Computer Science from Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Port Harcourt.

 

Dr  Mbaakee is an expert in deploying ICT Skills in learning, teaching and research, researches Crypto-currency, Software engineering and Programming Language, and is open-minded to novel innovation.

Mr. Promise Kpe-Nobana

Network Engineer

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Mr Kitoye Ebire Okonny is the Chief Computer Technologist One of the ICT Centre Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Port Harcourt. He holds a Bachelor’s in Mathematics (Pure and Applied) and Post Graduate Diplomas in Applied Statistics from the then Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt now Rivers State University. He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Science from the University of Port Harcourt. He has a master’s degree in Strategic ICT Management from the European-American University, Commonwealth of Dominica. Professionally he has vast experience in both private and public sectors he has worked with Euroconsult, Netherlands (Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Contractors) as a Principal IT consultant before bringing his wealth of experience to Ignatius Ajuru University of Education Rumuolumeni, Port Harcourt. He has numerous Professional Certifications such as CISCO, Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist, Oracle Database Administrator Professional, Windows Server Enterprise Administrator and Windows Server Network Infrastructure. He is also a member of many professional bodies such as IEEE Computer Society, Nigeria Computer Society, Nigerian Computer Professionals of Nigeria, Association for Computing Machinery USA, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Member Nigerian Institute for Training & Development.

Aburuotu, Emmanuel Chinwendu

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert/Data Scientist.

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ABURUOTU, EMMANUEL CHINWENDU

(Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert/Data Scientist)


Mr. Aburuotu Emmanuel Chinwendu obtained his M.Sc in Computer Science from the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education. He is presently researching Data Science and Data Science Applications (Engineering), with Ph.D. in Computer Science in view. He has various IT certifications in Hardware and Net-Centric Technologies with Microsoft, Cisco, and Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). He is an Assistant Lecturer Department of Computer Science, an IT Manager, and a member of the University ICT Development Committee, Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Port Harcourt Nigeria.
He has managed the following IT programmes and services in the University System:


  • Development and maintenance of the ICT infrastructures (Data Centres, Network Operational Centers (NOC), and Local Servers and Services.
  • Capacity development for staff and students through Hybrid Training
  • Support and encourage quality academic content through content development and upload into the university’s Open Educational Resources (OEM) integrated into the university website
  • Management of the University’s plagiarism module, which ensures authentic writing and quality academic material by the staff and students
  • Management and administration for the University central portal for online and automated technology-driven processes in the University
  • Development and support for the university’s Wireless Local Area Network and Internet distribution
  • Management and support for the University’s automated admission system through the JAMB Central Admission Processing System (CAPS).
  • Administration and support for the automated National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Data Management System (NYSC DMS) for the mobilization of our graduates into the National Service
    He has published Science and Information Technology-based articles/journals internationally and locally and more are presently being reviewed for publication. The published articles have also been indexed by Google, Scopus, and other research centers acceptable on the worldwide web (www).

Thank you

Aburuotu Emmanuel Chinwendu
M.Sc IAUE, B.Sc Uniport, MSCE-NIIT India, CPHE-ATN-Lagos, Office 365G-ATN Phc, DBMSA-ATN Phc, Comptia A+/N+ ADT Phc, MOS 2013 Microsoft, ADTC Rhema University, ADAPTI 2016, Cisco ITE, CCNA Module 1, 2, 3, & 4.

Organisational Structure of ICT Centre