About Suleiman Isah
My name is Suleiman Isah, a master strategist, an eagle-eyed analyst and an urban farmer. As an IT professional with years of experience in Technology Modernization, Information Security, Digital Intelligence, Digital Marketing and Network Administration. Trained by the best crop of trainers in institutions like Koenig Dubai, Entresoft India, Zoom Tech. India, MST Hyderabad, Crown Agents UK and a host of others.
He possesses multiple certifications from Cisco Systems, Microsoft, EC-Council, RedHat, International Council of Management Consulting Institutes, International Business Management Institute, etc.
I hold a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Computer Science and Information Technology from Igbinedion University Okada, Edo State Nigeria. A Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants of Nigeria, Member British Computer Society, Member Nigerian Association of Small Scale Industrialists, Member Information Systems Audit and Control Association and Member Cybersecurity Experts Association of Nigeria.
I started my IT carrier as a freelance consultant while in school helping individuals and organizations with first level support and maintenance. I also did Small Office Home Office(SOHO) networking using cable, Wireless and bluetooth connections. While still in school I worked for First Bank of Nigeria Plc as an intern at their User Support Unit in Abuja Nigeria. There I was involved in troubleshooting laptops, desktops, printers, VoIP equipment and Network devices. Setting up DHCP servers for branches using Windows Server 2003 or Cisco Switches. I was also involved in instructing end users on how to effect minor repairs over the phone or via Instant Messaging.
After my graduation, I continued offering my services to SOHOs and individuals before I proceeded for my One-year mandatory youth service with the National Youth Service Corp.(NYSC). I was posted to National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) as a corp member to serve under the Primary Health Systems Development Department where I was involved in installing, configuring and administering the Windows Server 2008 Domain Controller; Installation and maintenance of Active Directory Services; Configuration of client/server Systems; and Performance of routine maintenance on all types of computer equipment and printers.
After my Youth Service, I left Nigeria for Hyderabad India for some professional courses. While at Hyderabad I enrolled at Zoom Technologies for my Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional (MCITP) training which was based on Windows Server 2008 R2 Edition. After I finished from Zoom I proceeded to MIST for my RedHat Certified Systems Administrator and RedHat Certified Engineer courses. After getting my certificates I moved to Entersoft Labs for my Certified Ethical Hacker training and certification exams.
Upon my return to Nigeria, I continued with my consulting service and running my poultry farm. However, my service offerings had increased as a result of the skills I acquired while on training. I started offering Gap analyses (workforce Skills and Technological Infrastructure); Training especially in areas of Technology Modernization and Information Security; Penetration Testing and Vulnerability Assessment; Risk management audit and development of risk register; IT process reengineering and governance setup; Business and IT strategic mapping and alignment; Development of Content Management Systems and administration using WordPress and Joomla; Social Media campaign strategy formulation for Businesses on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, etc. and Setting up of Video Conferencing for Small Businesses using WebEx, Skype, GoToMeeting, etc.
I also had the opportunity of working periodically during annual Hajj operations for the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) as a Pilgrim Assistant and Medical Data Analyst. The work involves guiding Nigerian pilgrims in Saudi Arabia and assisting the Nigerian Government in ensuring the stay of the pilgrims was comfortable. As a Medical Data Analyst, I was more involved in recording health symptoms presented by patients at Nigerian Health Mission Clinics. A detail tally of events is kept and analysed, the information from the data is then passed up the hierarchy for action and briefing to the press. I was involved in Hajj Operations of 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
I was later recruited to join the Federal Inland Revenue Service in 2012 as an Information Technology Officer with the responsibility of being an IT Risk and Resource Analyst for the ICT Department under the ICT Governance Division. My primary role was Participation in external independent Information Security Audit and penetration testing; Design and implementation of enterprise-wide Information Security Awareness campaign for all staff nationwide; Development of curriculum and training transitioning staff on Computer Appreciation; Project Manager for Wide Area Network connectivity using MPLS technology project in 24 offices nationwide; Project Manager for Storage Area Network using NetApp infrastructure in both HQ and DR sites; Monitoring and reporting on network security devices (ACS and TMG); Review of security sections of FIRS ICT procedure and policy manual; Creation and updating ICT Risk Register and a host of other roles.
From the ICT Governance Division, I was moved to the Networks and Infrastructure Division to serve as an Enterprise Network Administrator in charge of Local Area Networks for 197 offices across the federation. During my this period I supervised the deployment of Enterprise Wireless LAN in 104 FIRS offices nationwide; Monitored WAN links in 117 offices nationwide using Solarwinds; Tested and certified network-related vendor deployments; Designed WAN connectivity solution using Private APN technology and a host of other responsibilities.
I was later appointed as Technical Aide to the Head of Networks and Infrastructure where I Oversaw the discovery of new technologies and get vendors to carry out proof of concept before adoption; Peruse all concept notes, business cases, project initiation briefs and make recommendations to the division head; Review all proposals for new technology and make recommendations; Assess completed deployments and recommend job completion certification; Liaise with relevant stakeholders for budgetary inputs and collation of same; Conduct infrastructure needs audit and make recommendations to close the gaps.
I then moved from the Federal Inland Revenue Service to join the Upper Niger River Basin Development Authority (UNRBDA) in Minna, Niger State, Nigeria. The Authority is a parastatal under the Federal Ministry of Water Resources saddled with the responsibility of harnessing underground and surface water for optimal utilization in human life as well as agricultural activities especially dry season farming. At UNRBDA I served as Special Assistant on Technical Matters to the Managing Director. I was saddled with the review of all technical specifications documents and make recommendations; Scrutinizing all tender documents to ensure quality and desired outcomes can be met; Overseeing all modernization projects especially in areas of Information Technology; Overseeing the capacity building of the entire workforce; Discovering ways of reducing spending and blocking all financial wastage; Research and recommend alternative technologies to solve problems; Identification of development partners and establishment of a working relationship.
I am currently venturing into the Agricultural Business sphere with emphasis on Urban Farming, Animal Husbandry, Value Addition, Agro Processing and Soilless Culture and a host of other agro related fields as the founder/CEO Server Farm Nigeria a company specialising in Smart Agriculture and Smart Technological Innovations. I established Server Farm Nigeria to address some challenges in agriculture in Nigeria currently. The enterprise is specialized in agricultural training, smart farm setup, agro-consulting and Information Technology Consulting also.