ICT DIRECTORATE

NAME: DR. AHMED BAITA GARKO, B.Sc. (UDUS), M.Sc. (BUK), Ph.D. (MAUTECH), MNCS, MCPN, MIAENG
Director ICT

Title(s)/Position(s): Associate Professor / Director ICT

Publications: Research Gate

Dr. Ahmed Baita Garko, an Associate Professor of Computer Science from the Federal University Dutse (FUD), Nigeria, has been involved in teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Computer Science since 2005. Born at Garko town of Garko Local Government Area, Kano State in 1973; he attended Garko Central Primary School, Government Senior Secondary Grammar School Garko, and Science Secondary School Dawakin Tofa for his basic education. He also attended Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, where he obtained a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science in 1998. Later in 2009, he obtained a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Bayero University, Kano. Also, he obtained a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science in 2012, from the Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola.

Dr. Garko worked with the defunct Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (Nitel) from 2001 to 2005 in the Information Technology Department where he served as a System Analyst/Programmer, and he was the pioneer Mediation Manager of the Company who was in charge of the meter readings and call detail records of all the Nitel switches nationwide. In April, 2005 he voluntarily resigned from Nitel and joined the Academia as a Graduate Assistant in the Kano University of Science & Technology (KUST), Wudil. At KUST, he held many responsibilities, prominent among which are: Level coordinator, Departmental Exams Officer, Deputy Faculty Exams Officer, Faculty Exams Officer, Head of Unit, Head of Computer Science Department, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Deputy Director, Management Information Systems (MIS), Member, University Governing Council, Chairman, Taskforce Committee on Water, Electricity and Diesel Purchasing. He was also chairman and member to more than 20 university committees at the Kano University of Science & Technology, Wudil.

In March, 2013, Dr. Garko joined the services of the Federal University Dutse (FUD) as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science. At FUD, he was appointed the pioneer Head of Computer Science Department. Notable among his achievements as the Head of Department are: Establishing the Department itself from scratch, boosting its staffing from two (2) to more than fourty (40) academic staff making it a department with the highest number of academic staff in the University; establishing and equipping of three computer laboratories, three classrooms, securing of many offices for staff, procurement of the hardware laboratory equipment, and securing from the University additional block (extension) for the Department which houses HOD’s office, Conference room, two additional classes for postgraduate students, two professorial offices, and five additional offices for staff, all within his 2-year tenure as Head of Department.

Dr. Garko is the pioneer Editor-in-chief of the Dutse Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences (DUJOPAS), a publication of the Faculty of Science; he steers the activities of the Journal from its inception to date. Under his leadership, the Journal has gain wider recognition from many parts of the country. In its last edition, the Journal received more than 60 articles from different universities and higher institutions, and more than 50 articles were published.

His other responsibilities at the Federal University Dutse include: Pioneer Director, University Computer Centre; after merging the Computer Centre with the MIS, he was in April, 2016 appointed as the pioneer Director, Information and Communication Techonology of the University. His main goals in his new appointment are: To develop and manage the University Portal In-house, To design, develop, and manage the University website In-house, and To improve/build the capacity of the ICT staff in the University.

Furthermore, he supervised more than 100 undergraduate projects, 20 Postgraduate students researches and published more than 50 academic articles in reputable national and international journals, proceedings, books and book chapters. He is also, a member of three academic associations: Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN), and Intertional Association of Engineers and Computer Scientists (IAENG)

Dr. Garko is happily married and blessed with five children.

INTRODUCTION

ICT can be defined as the technology required in carrying out information activities, in particular, the use of electronic computers, communication devices and software applications to format, store, protect, process, transmit and retrieve information from anywhere, anytime. Higher Education in general and University Education in particular, is a system that relies solely on information processing. From the admission and registration processes, the teaching and learning processes to results computation, ICT is playing vital roles in simplifying all these processes. Some of the ICT facilities in the University are:

  • Portal – for the admission, registration, and result computation processes Computers and computer accessories
  • Smart/interactive boards
  • Website – showcasing every information about the University
  • Internet services
  • E-Learning facilities
  • Intranet
  • E-Libraries and digital libraries
  • Simulation software for scientific research
  • E-Laboratory software for conducting practical in our Laboratories
  • The application packages use in most of our offices
ICT is a Change Agent in Higher Education

The invention or development of a new physical body or mental tool like ICT creates both opportunities and challenges. In brief summary, ICT as a tool typically:

  • Helps us to “better” minimize some problems and accomplish some tasks that the academia was addressing prior to the development and application of ICT in Education. Here, the term “better” may have meanings such as: in a more cost effective manner; faster; more precisely; more reliably; with less danger; and so on.
  • Helps us to solve some problems and accomplish some tasks that cannot be solved without the ICT application.

ICT is an example of a technology that is a powerful change agent and that is applicable in most human endeavors. We can easily and precisely examine how ICT contributes to tools that enhance our physical bodies and activities. Currently, in our institutions and other related bodies we have microscopes, telescopes, brain scanning machine, automated factories and tools, and a huge range of other tools that are highly dependent on ICT.

ICT minimizes a number of problems in education, such as digital equity, the need for a relatively expensive addition to an institution’s infrastructure, and how to provide a conducive learning environment has been supplemented with the development and application of ICT in education by creating virtual classrooms and also by making distance learning easier, cost effective, and more accommodating. ICT in education also minimizes problems of how to deal with potential changes in curriculum content, instructional processes, and assessment in a manner that leads to students getting a better education easily and at a lesser cost.

Challenges

Some challenges in using ICT as effective and efficient tool in promoting teaching, learning, and research are as follows:

  • Funding – as most of the ICT tools are costly
  • Lack of sufficient ICT professionals in our Institutions
  • Fear – as some academics are still not willing to accept ICT as a viable tool
  • Lack of constant power supply – as most of the ICT facilities should be running 24 hours per day 7 days per week
  • Cost of Internet subscription (Bandwidth)
  • Cost of maintaining the hardware and software
  • Little or very few research efforts on ICT applications in Education
ICT in the Federal University Dutse

The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Directorate was established by the current Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Fatima Batul Mukhtar after merging the former Management Information Systems (MIS) Unit with the University Computer Centre for effective running of day-to-day information processing in the University.

Dr. Ahmed Baita Garko was appointed as the Pioneer Director to administer the affairs of the Directorate with six units created to execute its day to day activities. The units and their heads are:

Unit Names Head of Unit
ICT Infrastructure and Services AbdulRauf Yamta
Systems Administration and Development Faruk Umar Sani
Learning and Teaching Technologies Gaddafi Abba Umar
ICT Support and Maintenance Aminu Iguda
Project Management and Management Reporting Adamu Umaru
ICT Business and Training Ilham Mahmud Ibrahim

Brief on the Units

ICT Support and Maintenance Unit: The ICT support and maintenance unit is charged with the responsibilities of repairs and maintenances of all university office machines, ICT equipment, maintenance and training computer science student posted on SIWES and IT workshop.

ICT Project Monitoring and Management of Reporting Unit: The unit is charged with generating report on students, creating, retrieving and updating staff records, also as part of its function, the unit is charged with monitoring all ICT projects.

ICT Training and Business Unit: The key function of the unit training of staffs, management of ICT café and Business in ICT.

Training of staff: In other to improve the teaching and learning capacity in the university, ICT provided oriented in-house training approaches in other to make all the university staffs from various departments/units on up-to-date computing task in both teaching and office work.

Management of cafe: The unit is charged with running the daily actives of the ICT Internet café; also the unit is responsible for handling of the entire ICT business ranging from diploma courses to selling of IT gadget.

System Admin and Development: The unit is charged with analysis, design, planning, development, implementation and maintenance of all university software, ranging from school website, result calculating software, assignment of responsibility to various university lecturers up to handling of hostel management system.

Learning Teaching Technologies Unit: The Unit is in charge of Managing E-Learning and Teaching content platforms of the university which promote teaching, learning, research and innovation for both staff and students respectively and also offer premium content in database, eBooks, journals, magazines which are resourceful invention apparatus for searching across all ICT/library, Online Education Resources. The unit has the following Responsibilities/Schedules:

  • Online Education Repository
  • E-Learning Centre Management
  • Smart Board Maintenance
  • Jamb Centre Management (Registration/Training/Examination)
  • Computer Based Test CBT Management (GST e-Test/Examination)
  • E-Senate
  • E-Journal/E-Books
  • Video Conferencing
  • Adaptive Training
  • Moodle Platform
ICT Infrastructure in the University

The Federal University Dutse as one of the new universities established in 2011 has come a long way in becoming one of the leading universities in terms of ICT applications. The University itself and some of its good friends like the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) have invested huge sum of money in executing so many multi-million naira projects in the University. Notable among these projects are:

  • One 250 capacity Computer Based Test Centre
  • Another 200 capacity Computer Based Test Centre
  • Laying of Fibre Optic cables within the campus and from the permanent site of the University to our Teaching Hospital – which is roughly about 10 KM distance
  • Procurement of Laptop Computers – allocated to all our Heads of unit/department, Deans and Directors.
  • One 250 capacity E-Learning Centre under construction
  • Procurement of 20 Triumph Smart Boards – distributed to at least each department in the University
  • Procurement of tablets to all members of Senate
  • Establishment of two Data centers in the University
  • University E-Library
  • University Café

Dr. Ahmed Baita Garko
Director, ICT


ICT INFRASTRUCTURE AND SERVICE UNIT

HEAD OF UNIT Name: Abdulrauf Yamta, B.Sc. (AUN), CCNA

Designation: System Analyst I
Position: Head of Unit
e-mail: Yamta.a@fud.edu.ng


ICT STAFF Name: Jelilat Olusola Yusuf, B.Tech (LAUTECH)

Designation: System Analyst I
e-mail: Yusuf.jalilat@fud.edu.ng


ICT STAFF Name: Adamu Muhammad Adamu

Designation: Data Processing Officer
e-mail: Adamu.m@fud.edu.ng


ICT STAFF Name: Ibrahim Muazzam Umar, B.Sc (KUT)

Designation: System Analyst II
e-mail: umar.muazzam@fud.edu.ng


ICT STAFF Name: Muhammad Murtala Amin, B.Sc (BUK)

Designation: Computer Engineer II
e-mail: m.amin@fud.edu.ng





SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION AND DEVELOPMENT UNIT

HEAD OF UNIT Name: Faruk Umar Sani, B.Sc. (AUN), CCNA

Designation: System Analyst I
Position: Head of Unit
e-mail: Faruk.s@fud.edu.ng


ICT STAFF Name: Ibrahim Sule Haruna, B.Sc (ABU)

Designation: Senior Academic Planning Officer
e-mail: Ibrahimsule@fud.edu.ng


ICT STAFF Name: Rihanat Bola Agboola, B.Sc (KUT)

Designation: System Analyst I
e-mail: rihanat@fud.edu.ng




ICT STAFF Name: Muazzam Bashir, B.Sc (BUK), M.Sc (UniSZA)

Designation: System Analyst I
e-mail: Muazzam.b@fud.edu.ng


ICT STAFF Name: Abba Ahmed Rabiu, B.Sc (BUK)

Designation: Programmer II
e-mail: Abba.r@fud.edu.ng




ICT STAFF Name: Sadiq Aliyu Ahmad, B.Sc (UDUS)

Designation: Programmer II
e-mail: Sadiqaliyu@fud.edu.ng




ICT STAFF Name: Abdulrazak Umar A., B.Sc (ABU)

Designation: Programmer I
e-mail: Abdulrazak.umar@fud.edu.ng



ICT STAFF Name: Sadiq Faruk Ahmed, B.Sc (MDX)

Designation: System Analyst II
e-mail: sadiq.f@fud.edu.ng




ICT TRAINING AND BUSINESS MANAGEMENT UNIT

HEAD OF UNIT Name: Ilham Mahmoud Ibrahim, B.Sc. (KUT)

Designation: System Analyst II
Position: Head of Unit
e-mail: Ilham.mahmoud@fud.edu.ng


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ICT STAFF Name: Kabiru Aliyu

Designation: Data Processing Officer
e-mail: kabiru.aliyu@fud.edu.ng



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Designation: System Analyst I
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LEARNING AND TEACHING TECHNOLOGY UNIT

HEAD OF UNIT Name: Gaddafi Abba Umar, B.Sc. (UOW(UK))

Designation: System Analyst I
Position: Head of Unit
e-mail: gkukuma@fud.edu.ng


ICT STAFF Name: Nafisa Yusuf Ringim, B.Sc ( )

Designation: System Analyst I
e-mail: Nafisa.ringim@fud.edu.ng


ICT STAFF Name: Aminuddeen Abubakar, B.Sc ( )

Designation: System Analyst I
e-mail: aminuddeen@fud.edu.ng


ICT STAFF Name: Nkiruka Peace Ejike Ifeanyi, HND (IMT)

Designation: System Analyst I
e-mail: ejikefeanyi.n@fud.edu.ng


ICT STAFF Name: Abdussalam Abba Tukur, B.Tech (FUTY)

Designation: System Analyst
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ICT SUPPORT AND MAINTENANCE UNIT

HEAD OF UNIT Name: Aminu Iguda

Designation: Data Processing Officer
Position: Head of Unit
e-mail: Iguda.aminu@fud.edu.ng


ICT STAFF Name: Haruna Babale

Designation: Senior Comp. Operator
e-mail: Babale.h@fud.edu.ng


ICT STAFF Name: Aminu Inuwa Yahaya, B.Sc (University of Greenwich)

Designation: System Analyst II
e-mail: aminu@fud.edu.ng






ICT PROJECT MONITORING AND MANAGEMENT REPORTING UNIT

HEAD OF UNIT Name: Adamu Umaru

Designation: Senior Academic Planning Officer
Position: Head of Unit
e-mail: Adamu.umaru@fud.edu.ng


ICT STAFF Name: Mohammed Ahmed, B.Tech (FUTY)

Designation: System Analyst I
e-mail: Ahmed.m@fud.edu.ng




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