First Technical/Administrative Meeting and Membership Drive of the IEEE ComSoc Nigeria Chapter

By Azuka Jude Ofogu - SMIEEE, IEEE ComSoc Nigeria Chapter Chair

The IEEE ComSoc Nigeria Chapter had its first administrative meeting and Membership Recruitment Drive for 2019 on Saturday, 26 January, 2019 at the University of Ilorin Auditorium, University of Ilorin permanent site, Ilorin, Kwara state, Nigeria. During the Event, Nigerian students were advised to take full advantage of the opportunities available with the IEEE and IEEE ComSoc, as Communications technology is a fertile ground for employment.

In his presentation, the IEEE ComSoc Nigeria Chair, Engr. Azuka Jude Ofogu, opined that the IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization and that IEEE ComSoc, with more than 27,000 members in over 149 countries, is the right place to be.

In his own presentation on “Next Generation(5G) Mobile Communications Networks and It’s Enabling Technologies,” Engr. Joshua Bolarinwa of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, traced the history of the evolution of mobile communication networks and systems from first generation or 1G to 2G, 3G, 4G and now 5G. He described 5G as next generation mobile networks beyond 4G and that it is still open, yet to be standardized and that by 2020 we will have the first commercially available roll out of the technology. The vision and requirements for 5G, the potential application scenarios for 5G, mobile forcasting, etc., were also discussed. He described the five enabling technologies for 5G, including millimeter wave, small cell, full duplex, beamforming, and massive MIMO. The presentation ended with an analysis and discussion of the testing and deployment of 5G around the world and the opportunities it presents.

Dr. R. G. Jimoh, the Dean, Faculty of Communications and Information Sciences, University of Ilorin, admonished students to make good use of the opportunities offered by IEEE ComSoc and take advantage of the wealth of information in its database, which he said they can use to for networking, both locally and internationally. He also called on the students and staff of his faculty to come up with innovative ideas to attract industry attention.

In attendance were about 42 registered  members of the IEEE and more than 700 guests, including the Dean of the Faculty of Communication and Information Sciences, lecturers, staff and students of the faculty and the entire engineering community of the Institution.

We have commenced registration of lecturers, staff and students with the goal of SB formation this academic quarter