Historical Background of ICT in FUTO

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) refers to all equipment and applications that involve communications such as computers, cellphones, televisions, radio and satellite systems as well as the various services and applications associated with them such as videoconferencing and distant learning. FUTO Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Centre was established in 1996 during the tenure of Engr. Prof. C.O.G. Obah, the third substantive Vice Chancellor of the University.  ICT activities started then with the establishment of Nigerian Universities Network (NUNET) steering Committee to provide e-mail services to the University Community from an office in the Vice Chancellor’s lodge.

The e-mail service was provided by connecting to the National Universities Commission’s dial-up which connects to the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Italy. Due to the delay associated with this type of Communications, an alternative and full Internet access that does not depend on a telephone line was implemented through Link Service Ltd.  With such improved access the University Community provided URL for search and download.  Further relief was provided with the donation of Internet Centre to Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 2004 by a Philanthropist, which was extended to the NUNET office in the University Permanent Site.  The need to harmonize and co-ordinate the various ICT Units in the University brought about the creation of the Directorate of ICT in January 2005 by the then Vice Chancellor Prof. Jude E. Njoku.  Since then, the subsequent Vice Chancellor have impacted positively in the development of ICT facilities in the University including completing all ongoing projects, establishment of dynamic website and eduportals, rolling out of ICT policy for the University etc.

In his address to the General Assembly of the University on assumption of office in June 2016, the 7th Substantive Vice Chancellor, Prof. Francis C. Eze reaffirmed his desire to sustain efforts at full computerization of all university’s administrative and academic processes as encapsulated in his mantra “Driving the Culture of Excellence”.  His vision is to leverage on ICT to enhance teaching, learning and research so that FUTO will be repositioned into a World Class University of Excellence.

Vision

To use ICT to reposition FUTO into a World Class university for excellence in teaching, learning, research and development.

Mission

To promote the increased use of the state-of-the-art ICT hardware and software resources that will improve and sustain the productivity of FUTO staff and students to international standards at all times in areas of students laboratories, Applications Development, Teaching and Research, Staff Training and Consultancy.

Philosophy

The philosophy of the ICT Centre is to develop capabilities that will enable 24 -hour resolution of problems for optimal performance and benefit of both staff and students.

 

ROAD-MAP FOR EFFECTIVE RUNNING AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE ICT CENTRE

In order to execute her mandate and become successful and make the desired impact in the day to day running of the University in pursuance of the Mantra of the present Administration “Driving the Culture of Excellence”, the ICT Centre must develop capabilities that will move FUTO away from depending on moving information on memo papers to that to be driven by the knowledge power of information Technology (IT). To achieve this, a holistic roadmap with a master plan that will span for the life time of the administration is needed.  That plan will provide a robust platform that will make FUT Owerri the primus inter Peres in Africa and get international recognition. ICT Centre, if well positioned has the capability to make this happen. I as the Director of the Centre therefore suggest the roadmap outlined below and propose time lines as follows:

a. Development and Administration of FUTO Website

The FUTO Website is the window through which the outside world sees the University and the corridor through which University interacts with the outside world. With this in mind, it means that the website must be interactive and must contain web pages. Therefore, the website will be such that all the activities happening in FUTO will be uploaded regularly. The high calibre staff in the Centre will be effectively managed to provide this service. (KPI: Activities in the various units of the University will be seen in www.futo.edu.ng regularly).

b. Development of Portal for Hostel Allocation & Collection of Fees

The centre will develop portals for the collection of all dues and fees payable to the University.  This will help to ensure that all monies due to the University are accounted for.  This will also enable the Bursary unit to confirm any such payment claims as may be made by anybody. (KPI: All fees and hostel allocations would have been done online).

c. Development of Indigenous Computer- Based Test Software

The centre under my Directorship will work hard to develop indigenous Computer Based Test (CBT) Software. This will enable the Centre to really be in charge of the conducting of the CBT examinations of any magnitude without external help. (KPI: Foundation year courses must have been administered to students using locally developed CBT software).

d. Database for Students Records

The ICT Centre will develop and create a Data Base of students’ records. This will include prompt processing of transcripts and verification of certificates. The Centre will work assiduously to develop University wide model for the computation of results and issuance of registration numbers to newly admitted students. (KPI: Students would have been completing registration of courses online as well as having the Matriculation numbers issued to all fresh students before First Semester Examinations).

e. Provision of Electronic Identity Cards for both Staff and Students

The need for e-ID Card for students cannot be over emphasized.  The e-ID card should be able to perform the following functions:

  • Identify FUTO staff and students at all times.
  • Admit them into Examination Halls
  • Enable students do online transactions

to mention but a few. (KPI: Every FUTO student and staff would have been identified properly).

 

f. Internet Available on Campus

With the support of the Vice Chancellor, the Centre will develop a mechanism that will roll out fast and robust Internet Services on campus to enable staff and students carry out research, access information and carry out online course registration. This will come in forms of wireless fidelity (Wi – Fi) and fixed (wired) as may be required. (KPI: University Community must have been surfing the net with robust campus wide Internet).

g. Development of Online Application System

The ICT Centre will develop Online Application System internally using available human resources in the Centre. Every application/admission forms into FUTO such as PG application, Post UTME Screening forms, supplementary applications, CCE JUPEB and Pre-Degree forms must be online hence forms to meet international best practice. (KPI: All applications forms must have been perfected and carried out).

h. Capacity Building for Staff

The ICT Centre will engage in training and retraining of University staff from time to time on existing and emerging technologies to keep them updated. As new Internet and cyber security threats emerge, the ICT Centre will be organizing sensitization forums for staff on the threats. (KPI: Staff will be ICT Centre friendly).

i. Provision of @futo.edu.ng E-mails

Every staff of FUTO will be assigned the @futo.edu.ng  e-mail and efforts must be made to ensure that the staff make use of it always in all official correspondences. (KPI: Every staff would have replaced his/her addresses with @futo.edu.ng as the major address).

j. Result Processing/Transcript Processing

Result and Transcript processing system will be developed by ICT Centre to ensure prompt availability of results for the students and online transcript application by Alumni members. (KPI: 48 hours availability of transcript, all things being equal).

k. Automatic Generation of Matriculation Numbers/Verification of O’Level Results for Prospective Students

The ICT Centre will ensure that henceforth, all matriculated students will have their matriculation numbers at least two weeks after the matriculation ceremony.  This will be generated automatically to ensure that there are no duplications. Prospective students will have their O’level results screened before registering as students of the University. This will serve as a checkmate for unqualified students to be admitted. (KPI: Matriculation numbers issued to all fresh students before First Semester Examinations).

l. IT Support to various Units/Departments

The ICT Centre will provide IT support to the entire University Community such as:

  • Help Desk Services
  • Information Security
  • Training
  • IT equipment Maintenance

Advice on Procurement of IT equipment/software. (KPI: How happy the University Community is with the ICT Centre).

m. Harmonization of ICT Infrastructure on Campus

Various vendors over time have been engaged by the University Management at some point in time to provide various IT services for the University. This gave rise to duplication of infrastructural provisions, sometimes identical in nature but running parallel to one another. My Directorship, with the support of the Vice Chancellor, will intensify efforts to harmonize the operations of all these vendors seamlessly. (KPI: Loading ………).

n. Gown to Town

The ICT Centre will introduce structured and special courses to take to town. These will help to project the image of the University and at the same time generate IGR for the University. (KPI: Number of training carried out).

Past and Current Directors of the Centre

  • Johnson I. Ejimanya (Late)
  • Chidi E. Akujor
  • (Mrs.) Gloria A. Chukwudebe
  • Aloysius Onyeka
  • Michael C. Ndinechi (Current Director)

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Staff of the Centre

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Name: Engr. Prof. Michael Ndinechi

Designation: Director

Email: michael.ndinechi@futo.edu.ng

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parName: Mrs. Chidinma Uche

Designation: Principal Assistant Registrar

Mobile: +2348037334989

Email: chidinmma.uche@futo.edu.ng

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Name: Friday Ufomadu

Designation: Deputy Photographic Supervisor

Mobile: 08036598031

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20170302_094958Name: Mr. Chukwuka G. Onyegbuchule

Designation: Asst. Chief Systems Analyst/Programmer

Mobile: +2347037789359

Email: cgonyegbuchule@futo.edu.ng

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Name: Mr. Remigius Nlemorisa

Designation: Asst. Chief Systems Analyst/Programmer

Email: rcnlemorisa@futo.edu.ng

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Name: Mrs. Ngozi A. Enyinnaya

Designation: Principal Data Analyst

Email: ngozi.enyinnaya@futo.edu.ng

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Name: Mr. Charles Amoke

Designation: Principal Systems Analyst

Email: charles.amoke@futo.edu.ng

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img-20170228-wa0015Name: Mrs. Bernadine N. Opara

Designation: Personal Secretary I

Mobile: +2348036651349

Email: bernadineopara@futo.edu.ng

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Name: Miss. Nkechi Esomonu

Designation: Senior System Analyst/Programmer

Email: nkechi.esomonu@futo.edu.ng

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   Name: Mr. George C. Amatobi

   Designation: Systems Analyst/Programmer I

   Mobile: +2347030138757

   Email: amatobigeorge@futo.edu.ng

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img-20170228-wa0009Name: Mr. Felix Nwaokike

Designation: Computer Technologist I

Mobile: +2347035120378

Email: felix.nwaokike@futo.edu.ng

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ikoroName: Mr. Chrisogonus Ikenna Anunobi

Designation: Systems Analyst/Programmer I

Mobile: +2348039483995

Email: anunobi.chrisogonus@futo.edu.ng

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Name: Mr. Obinna Okoli

Designation: Computer Technologist I

Email: obinna.okoli@futo.edu.ng

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Name: Mrs. Nkechi B. Oji

Designation: Systems Analyst/Programmer II

Email: nkechi.oji@futo.edu.ng

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Name: Donaldson Ugonna Aku

Designation: Network Engineer

Email: donaldson.aku@futo.edu.ng

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Name: Ikechukwu Godwin Amasiatu

Designation: System Analyst/Programmer II

Email: ikechukwu.amasiatu@futo.edu.ng

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Name: Chukwuemeka Josiah Emeh

Designation: Computer System Programmer/Analyst

Email: josiah.emeh@futo.edu.ng

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Policy Objectives of the ICT Centre

To realize our vision and mission, the ICT Centre has set the following objectives:

  • Sustenance of the University Website, and portals for all academic
  • business.
  • Provision of a working environment that encourages access to knowledge and sharing of information by putting in place dedicated bandwidths for academic purposes.
  • Development and sustenance of wireless reliable Campus-wide network to facilitate access and sharing of data.
  • Promotion of widespread use of ICT for efficient teaching and learning through training workshops for staff and students.
  • Sustenance of computerization project and the drive for culture of excellence in paperless office procedures for students’ admission, transcript processing registration, conduct of examinations and other student services.