> Dr Eberhard Lisse Wrote:
> ICU I believe is Intensive Care Unit? Well, those who need it in Nigeria will
> go to Eko Hospital or Cromwell in England! Teaching Hospitals don't serve
> that role in this country!. At the risk of sounding negative, that was
> probably a dump, not a request from OAU (Obafemi Awolowo University,
I don't think so, neither a dump, but a request, actually. And the
ones who need it can go anywhere any more :-(-O.
But the point is that you and I agree it doesn't work like this.
> > How many lives could have been saved here?
> Quite a substantial number are being saved in Saudi-Arabia, by Nigerian
> doctors. That is the situation we are living with!!!
Indeed, I work with some. Nigeria *DOES* have the human resources,
extremely competent teaching staff etc. impressive actually. But this
is only an aside.
> > Why has Nigeria with its huge oil revenue never managed to lease an
> > international data circuit?
> Who is attempting to? Right now the Communications Company is asking for
> Circa $25,000/Month for a 64k leased line. Since there is no guarantee that
> the line will be on continuously, that is a big risk to take. Private
> investors are not interested. It is not sustainable.
Thank you. Made my point.
You indeed need guarantees of 3 hour turn around and escalation
procedures that work. How much would a analog circuit be? On good days
we are measuring in excess of 25Kbps on the link and we haven't been
able to get the modems to pump faster then 16800 so far.
Schlumberger, by the way, has a working IP line to Lagos, I have
exchanged several messages with them...
> > There is no incentive here at all to become sustainable...
> I assure you I have found something you will have to eat back. I will like
> to, for once do what I admire you for: -- this :-)-O
It will be a pleasure and I will do so on this very list :-0-O
> > And I am not bashing Nigeria, it is just that I have actually been there...
> I believe you. Most of us probably were in High school then! You must
> understand that If it is not a World Bank financed Contract, or an African
> Development Bank assisted project, it is not worth executing in Nigeria. BTW:
I simply disagree. If all the current projects unified their link(s)
and got some local NGO, businesses and UN field offices together it
could be done. And funds for infrastructure and training might come on
its own. The funding that you mention might be hard to come by at the
present times anyway.
> Why has RINAF not invited you to mount an Anglophone Unix course in Nigeria?
> I am curious!
By the way that message was a private message to an inidividual, that
slipped through to the list, quite unintentional... I am extremely
Anyway, RINAF did :-)-O. I attended HELINA 1993 at OAU, and
participated in the system administrator's course where I introduced
> Most Private Companies and NGOs have links. UUCP, Dial-up PPP and so on.
> People are not talking loud because if the communication company knows you
> are moving heavy stuff and rely on your line, some jughead there may just cut
> you off.
I understand that. What does NITEL's management say about this? Joint
venture? They might be interested if thy could become involved as an
ISP, perhaps? Thats what SONATEL is doing further west.
> We are making progress. I assure you.
Please, don't get me wrong, I wish to see all African countries
connected. And I am quite willing to put my foot where my mouth is so
to say :-)-O, I am a medical practitioner doing this in my own free
time, not a consultant making a living from this...
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