ICT is fast becoming the pivot in which mist activities on University Campuses revolve and it is on it academic, administrative and other elements in the higher education processes ride. This is because Computer and allied Communication Technologies are becoming “must have tools” for delivering good and resulted oriented higher education. It is for this reason that every campus in the universe is not now complete without a dynamic computer infrastructure and services at the centre of teaching, learning, research and extension. Like many other Universities, the wobbly development of ICT on UNAAB campus arises from the fact that it evolved not as a dynamically planned activity. Hence, the haphazard way the technology was introduced had imposed some strictures and limitations that have posed as bottlenecks and impediments to the orderly growth of ICT on UNAAB campus. This is not to recognize the enormous remedial measures that have become necessary in order to turn the tide on ICT use on Campus.
ICT in UNAAB had a very humble beginning and its development had not been free from the challenges which many such units in Nigerian Universities faced at their inception even with the existence of a Computer Science Department.
The Information and Communication Technology Centre (ICTREC) developed from the lowly beginning of what was initially named Computer Centre under the current management. It inherited most of the infrastructure and services of the said Computer Centre as well as some of the headaches of the old structure. The Centre now operates with the following units:
|Director's Office||Office Management, Secretarial duties, Clerical duties and Driving|
|Network Administration and Internet Service||Responsible for the integrity, maintenance and efficiency of the Campus Network. Provision of Internet Services on campus, maintenance of all servers connected to the network security management. servers connected to the network and network security; Responsible for maintenance of network infrastructures i.e. optic fibres, wireless access points, Ethernet cables, switches, routers e.t.c. in all buildings on Campus; responsible for the maintenance of the VSAT farm; Responsible for CISCO administration.|
|Open User/Commercial / Maintenance Unit||Responsible for providing direct computer access to staff and students at appropriate charge per time unit. Providing commercial services to the University Community in the area of desktop publishing, statistical analysis, computer graphics and sale of computer consumables. On-line Registration for students. Responsible for the trouble shooting and maintenance of computer systems and accessories within the University community; Responsible for routine maintenance of Central Computer Laboratory, ICTREC Training Centre, (MPB 03 & 04), and ICTREC Training Centre at GTB donated building. Responsible for the trouble shooting and maintenance of computer systems and accessories within the University community.|
|Management Information System Unit||Responsible for student records, staff records, ID Cards, supply of information to Management and other authorized users in desired formats. Working with TIMTEC to produce examination and lecture time table. Attending to clients’ complaints and enquiries.|
|Training Unit||Organizing training programme for staff and students. Organizing computer training programmes for staff and students; Offering professional certification course in CISCO training.|
|Project Development Unit||Responsible for development, management and updating of UNAAB website also include acquisition and management of virtual libraries, electronics books, teaching and learning aid, virtual laboratories and lecture materials and making them available to staff and students on the internet|
|Multimedia/Instructional Aid Unit||Deploying multimedia system for seminars, conferences and workshops, lectures and theses defence on request|