Internet Society Chapter News
Nine IT centers dedicated to the memory of Jon Postel
Since the inception of the Nigeria Chapter, we have started to promote and diffuse the Internet in Nigeria through seminars, courses and conferences. At the same time we have sensitized Corporate Bodies and Government of the need to assist and Sponsor IT projects. Last year we were able to launch an IT center donated to the University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria for a value of $50,000 USD.
Presently we were able to involve another sponsor for a project to donate another IT center to the Port Harcourt Branch of Nigerian Society of Engineers. The center will be a 40 square foot air conditioned portakabin equipped with 8 Computers, printers, accessories, and a satellite Internet connection with a speed of 200Kbps-600Kbps. The cost of the entire project, which will be sustained by the sponsor, is estimated to be $25,000 USD.
Like the first project the center will be dedicated to the memory of Jon Postel because of the tremendous impact that Jon had on Internet. I like to remember him as, "A net builder that loved inventions more than profit." He should be seen as a milestone on the diffusion of the Internet in the world, without regard for the geographical area.
This project was comissioned on May 17, 2003; we hope to launch a another project for The University of Port Harcourt, before the end of this year, and we have already contacted a potential sponsor.
On 3rd October 2003, at the NSE Headquarter in Lagos (NIGERIA) an IT center has been commissioned by the President of NSE Eng. F. Somolu.
The center is dedicated to the memory of Jon Postel in order to give remembrance to an Internet Pioneer and scientist, a net builder that loved invention and not profit.
The center is equipped with:
At the ceremony that has been led by the NSE president, participate the NSE Deputy President, Engr. Bulama ( ISOC Member), The NSE Executive Secretary Engr. F. Atume, The NSE Vice President , Engr. Eze and other Officers and members.
With this donation we strongly believe that the center will greatly enhance the professional developments of the Nigerian Engineers.
We are already at work to carry out the other two IT centers schedule projects:
The IT Center (with a value of US$ 50,000) dedicated to the Memory of Jon Postel has been donated to the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Engineering Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria, thanks to the efforts of ISOC Nigeria Chapter. The Center Comprises the following facilities:
It is with great pleasure that I am informing you that onMarch 8th we have finally commissioned
the fourth IT Center dedicated to the memory of Jon Postel at the Department
of Electrical and Computer Engineering Federal University of Port Harcourt.
The donation was made with the contribution of different sponsor and the
co-ordination of Isoc Nigeria Chapter comprises:
The Complete refurbishment of the Hosting place:
The total cost of the donation can be estimated as US$ 40,000.
To continue our mission to concretize the Internet diffusion and awareness through the IT Postel Centers,on September 27 2004 we have commissioned two other Centers at the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) Nigeria.
The first one is an ENERGY STUDY CENTER, comprises 8 laptop computers with printer and scanner fully equipped and networked with a main Internet VSAT System. All the related furniture, the electrical system refurbishment and one 2HP Split unit A/C have been part of the donation.
The second one, a proper IT Center, comprises 18 computers fully networked and equipped with printers and scanners. There is a separate server room. The system is connected with a VSAT having a bandwidth of 128KB/128KB. The room has been refurbished, refloored and a new electrical system has been installed. Four 2HP A/C units have been installed and a new 40KVA generator with change over has been put in place. The total cost of this project can be estimated as US$ 80,000.
With this last donation we have bring to six the IT Centers dedicated to Jon's Memory in a way to harnessing the message that "Internet is for everyone".