The USPF, in collaboration with the Librarians' Registration Council of Nigeria (LRCN), is conducting training for librarians to manage the e-library project implemented in 74 public libraries under the Information Resource Centre project.

The intensive 5-module training programme being carried out on a zone-by-zone basis is one of the outputs of a comprehensive sustainability programme designed to ensure that the beneficiary libraries are equipped with adequate skills to manage and sustain the e-libraries.

At the end of the programme, three librarians from each of the e-libraries totaling two hundred and twenty two (222) librarians would have been trained.

Pursuant to its determination to sustain the momentum in the strides achieved during the first year of the Strategic Management Plan (SMP) 2013 – 2017, the Board and Management of USPF took a break in December 2014 from the office environment to conduct a strategic retreat.

It was an opportunity to review its scorecard in the first 20 months of SMP 2013 – 2017 and to agree on action points for the next implementation period within the context of global trends in Universal Access and Universal Service. In line with the theme of the retreat “Sustaining the Vision”, the Board and Management affirmed the validity of current projects and identified opportunities that could provide additional impetus for higher performance in the coming years.

It was a night of heartfelt encomiums recently when three erstwhile USP Board members were hosted to a farewell dinner in appreciation of their invaluable services while they served on the Board.

The erstwhile Board members, Engr. Gbenga Adegun, Engr. John Ayodele and Hajia Binta Bello represented the National Planning Commission, Ministry of Communication Technology and Ministry of Finance respectively.

The USPF achieved another notable landmark, when in December 2014, the first of its 16 University Inter Campus Connectivity (UnICC) projects was commissioned at the University of Lagos.

The UnICC is one of the projects being implemented to extend ICT infrastructure and services to tertiary institutions. It complements the NgREN project and represents a cross-agency and cross Ministerial collaborative effort between the USPF and National Universities Commission on one hand, and the Ministries of Communication Technology and Education on the other.