From Princely Onyenwe, Abuja
Federal Polytechnic Nekede stands on the threshold of history as the institution’s clever rector, Engr. Dr. Michael Arimanwa FNSE, last Friday, August 5, 2022 celebrated the start-up ceremony of a robust Wi-Fi network in the school, collected by 9News Nigeria.
The launch of 24-hour Internet service is the product of an ambitious period of laying underground fiber optic cable around the entire campus that is expected to last over a hundred years. In his address, the Rector recounted how he embarked on the SmartCampus project to solve the myriad of operational issues facing the institution.
In his remarks during the activation of the digital rollout, the rector said: “When I arrived as rector, I knew the problems of the institution, having studied here and worked since 1993 in the institution. I realized that the solution to many problems was to create a smart campus system where one may need minimal human contact to accomplish anything. By implication, you can stay anywhere and transact with polytechnic without standing in line behind any desk.
“So we are creating a system that will outlive us, a system that will last over a hundred years, as long as we do not destroy it willfully. The facilities we see today are still open for further expansion until we reach its maximum point.
“However, what we have is enough to solve the existential challenges that digital technology can solve. All Polytechnic offices and buildings have robust, terrestrial and Wi-Fi Internet facilities. This will help us recreate and reinvent our Polytechnic into a modern institution of higher learning worthy of its status.
The rector also hinted that the polytechnic’s robust internet service would come with 24-hour security monitoring of the facility, warning staff and students to beware of what they do in the establishment because the polytechnic school had a database in the cloud space where the monitoring information is stored and recalled for use.
Previously, the director of the ICT department, Ing. Mary Nwakanma, said fiber cables have more than 32 access points that support non-stop internet deployment. She also revealed that hotspots could be expanded in due course and as needed. She praised the rector for the progressive idea of a SmartCampus project in a time of the 21st century.
Enabling the deployment of Wi-Fi Internet in the polytechnic is a cardinal agenda of the SmartCampus project of the Rector, Eng. Dr. Michael Arimanwa FNSE, intended to transform the polytechnic into a typical note of the 21st century, where digital technology is deployed to solve problems with less human contact. So there are expectations behind this epic launch.
According to Dr. Ijeoma Emeagi from the Department of Computer Science, the rector deserves all the praise for the project as it would promote research and learning. She also expressed hope that staff would use it to write articles and gain online visibility.
For her part, Dr. Raymonda Obioha of the Registry praised the rector for the project as it would facilitate the division’s operations, expressing the hope that screening officers would learn to be proactive and make good use of technology. She further congratulated the management of the polytechnic for the great initiatives aimed at giving the institution visibility in the country.
Meanwhile, the Dean of the Polytechnic’s Student Affairs Division, Dr. Okafo Okoreaffia, praised the Rector and his leadership team for making the dream of a robust Internet service a reality at the Polytechnic. According to Okoreaffia, “Students are eagerly awaiting the benefits of the project. On the one hand, it will attract others to come and occupy beds in hostels because there will be 24-hour internet service in hostels.
Speaking on behalf of the students, the Vice President of the Student Union Government, Comr. Chiamaka Ochiuba, congratulated the rector for the privilege of illuminating the entire campus with a Wi-Fi network, at a time when most institutions have not yet benefited from such an installation. According to her, the facility would allow students to browse online to solve their academic problems while safeguarding their internet data.
In the same vein, Miss Peculiar Osegi, a student in the Department of Computer Engineering, praised the rector for making the dream of polytechnic students come true, promising to make good use of the facility to continue his academic endeavor at the polytechnic school. It will be recalled that the Rector’s SmartCampus project is a program envisaged to take the institution to greater heights since ICT has the capacity to solve institutional and operational challenges.
Prior to the program, the rector said he was driven to create a digital operations system that would stand the test of time in the polytechnic – a system that would eliminate all forms of tech-phobia and drive an institution cutting edge higher education. learning.
The launch of the project took place in three access points of the installation after which a stopover was made at the auditorium with a capacity of 1000 seats. It was in the auditorium that the rector received messages of goodwill from staff and students. After that, the rector and his management team alongside the deans and directors of the polytechnic retired to the council chamber where the final ceremony took place.
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