By: Alfred Saiki:
In what was one of his last official duties, the out gone Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jos, Prof. Hayward Babale Mafuyai this Wednesday 22nd of June, 2016, commissioned the newly completed Data Centre of the University alongside other completed projects.
Prof. Mafuyai while commissioning the centre was delighted that what started as a dream has come to fruition.
The project which cost the University over 700 million Naira was partly funded by Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), which the out gone Vice-Chancellor emphasized was not easy considering the other demands of the University and available resources.
On why he embarked on such a project, Prof. Mafuyai stated that, “My dream of having the University become Information and Communications Technology (ICT) driven, was my major driving force. I believe with a robust ICT, it will unlock the entire life of the University. ICT will increase research and learning and also go a long way in helping with the general administration of the University”.
“This Data Centre will make the University website more effective and efficient and we expect this to improve the international ranking of the school.”
While showing and explaining the workings of the installed machines to the former VC, the Principal Systems Administrator of the Data Centre, Ishiaku Anaobi, said the Centre would not only help in the smooth running of school administration, student learning process, and more, the Data Centre will also increase the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the University as they are now Internet Service Providers (ISP).