Since its formal launch, the NgREN has made significant progress in reducing the cost of bandwidth for subscriber institutions
Media reports reveal that the Nigerian Research and Education Network (NgREN) has secured resources valued at about $4 million worth of EBSCOHost e-content which will be available for free to all Nigerian universities until December 31st, 2016, according to Professor Julius Okojie, chairman, NgREN board and executive secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC).
Okojie stated that the e-content resources will include e-books, journals, academic magazines etc. According to the NUC secretary, $4 million would grow the number of available resources in the nation’s university libraries and as a result, increase research activities in the Nigerian University System (NUS).
He urged universities to utilize the opportunity to explain that by accessing the EBSCOHost e-content, Nigerian varsities stand a better chance of enhancing their position in international university rankings just as in the accreditation of programmes, where library holdings form a major component of the assessment.
“Universities in Nigeria are hereby encouraged to utilise these resources which are available on the NgREN at no cost until the end of 2016. Plans are underway to ensure that universities on NgREN continue to access EBSCO and other e-content beyond the expiration of the current service," said Okojie.
According to Nigeria CommunicationsWeek, since its formal launch, the NgREN has made significant progress in reducing the cost of bandwidth for subscriber institutions from an initial USD 1,260 per mbps when the project took off, to USD160 per mbps and to a present cost estimate of USD50 per mbps, saving the universities huge resources, which could be chanelled to other areas of need.