Establishment and Growth of Computer Centre and ICT
The history of the Computer Centre dates back to the year 1992 when the then Vice-Chancellor, Professor Muhammad Nur Alkali, established a mini Computer Centre at the Essien Udom Court (Science Complex). Initially, it was under the supervision of Mr. Filibus Y. Mshelia, the then Deputy Director of Academic Planning Unit. In 1995, there were 16 computers and five staff working in the Centre. However, in view of the need for the University to have a befitting Computer Centre with adequate qualified personnel, Mr. Peter M. Ogedebe was appointed to head this unit in 2001 and the Centre was moved from Science Complex to its present location (old Ramat Library) in 2002.
In 2002, the Education Trust Fund (ETF) donated a set of Zinox computers and one Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) to the University which allowed the Centre to commence internet services to the University Community and the general public. Though before this, Nigerian Universities Network (NUNET) was established in the University and e-mail services were available to both staff and students.
At present, the Centre has over 1200 computers including the College and Faculty cafes, 16 permanent and 28 temporary staff and six units, namely Maintenance, Training, Networking, cafe , Business and Finance.
Management of the Computer Centre and ICT
The University of Maiduguri established a Senate Committee on Information and Communication Technology. The Terms of Reference of this committee are to:
The current membership of the ICT Committee is as follows:
|Prof. Ibrahim A. Njodi||Vice-Chancellor/Chairman|
|Prof. Idriss Audu||Director CC & ICT / Member|
|Prof. Aliyu Shugaba||Member|
|Prof. S. U. Bulakarima||Member|
|Prof. Yusuph Haruna||Member|
|Dr. Idriss Nura Mohammed||Member|
|Dr. Zainab Bala Mohammed||Member|
|Prof. Patrick V. Kwaghe||Member|
|Prof. Stephen Hamafyelto||Member|
|Dr. (Engr) Babagana Gutti||Member|
|Dr Sule Tagi||Member|
|Dr. M. B. Mutai||Member|
|Dr. Abba Tijjani||Member|
|Engr. Yahya Habu||Member|
|Mr. Filibus Y. Mshelia||Member|
|Mrs. Hajara Usman||Member|
|Mr. Peter Y. Mshelia||Member|
|Mal. Habib M. A.||Member|
|Mr. Joseph Tumba||Member|
|Mrs. Maryam Zubairu||Member/Secretary|
The committee meets once every month and discusses ICT related issues. In particular, it receives monthly reports from heads of both the Computer & ICT Centre, and Management Information System (MIS) unit of the University.
The first Chairman of the ICT committee was Professor J.D. Amin, the then Deputy Vice-Chancellor Central Administration, (2001-2003); followed by Professor A. Y. Ribadu, Head of Department of Veterinary Surgery and Theriogenology, (2003-2004); and Professor Sunday A. Bwala, the then Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Services, (2004-2008). The immediate past Chairman was Professor M. A. Haque, the former Dean of Faculty of Engineering.
|Prof. Idriss Audu||Director|
|Mr. Peter Y. Mshelia||Coordinator/Principal Programme Analyst|
|Mr. Richard Gana Malgwi||Chief Computer Technologist|
|Mr. Yusuf Abubakar||Chief Programmer|
|Mal. Ali Baba Dauda||Programme Analyst I|
|Mr. Bukar Gadzama||Computer Engineer I|
|Mrs. Suzzana Wasindra||Data Processing Officer I|
|Abdulaziz Ibrahim Isa||Programme Analyst I|
|Suleiman Umar||Programme Analyst II|
|Abdulazeez Yusuf||Senior Computer Technicial|
|Ahamed A. Abdulhamid||Data Processing Officer II|
|Mr. Osaji Kunle Paul||Programme Analyst II|
|Bunu||Programme Analyst I|
|Mal. Alkali Talba||Admin Officer II|
|Mohammed Musa Ndume||Computer Technician|
|Mal. Mohammad Hassan Zakariya||Computer Technician|
|Grema Mustapha Mohammed||Clarical Assit. II|
|Bashir Ali||Computer Technician III|
Activities of the Centre
The Computer Centre is currently carrying out the following tasks:
The Centre runs internet services including Sundays and public holidays throughout the year. Staff, students and other members of the community can browse either at the Centre or via wireless. Internet users are charged a token.
On-line Registration of StudentsThe Centre has developed its own on-line registration programme/portal and it has been in use for the last few sessions. A lot of data can be generated with the use of this portal such as details of course registration, number of registered students in each department and faculty and details of fees paid by students. This information is by departments as well as other units of the university. The web site address for the on-line registration is www.unimaidonline.net.
Teaching of GST123: Information and Communication Technology
The Centre teaches the above course on behalf of the Division of General Studies to all newly admitted undergraduate students in the University. The programme started in 2004/2005 academic session.
Unimaid E-mail Accounts
The Centre obtained 2,000 official e-mail accounts for use by staff. E-mail accounts have been created for all academic staff and non-academic staff on grade level CONTISS 12 and above.
Computer Maintenance and Training
The maintenance unit of the Centre carries out repairs of computers and peripheral devices of the centre and other departments/individuals of the University. It also conducts a training programme on computer repair and maintenance. Every three months a new batch of students is admitted for this programme and certificate of attendance is awarded on successful completion of the programme.
The Centre provides VSAT installation services to individuals and organisations.
Web Design & Hosting
The Centre undertakes web design and web hosting.
Other Activities Performed by the Centre
Other activities performed by the Centre are: