- Five young Nigerians have been rewarded for their creativity by the federal government
- The young Nigerians got a reward of N2million each for their innovation and creativity
- The winners also got a slot to participate in the ongoing technology innovation and entrepreneurship scheme
The federal government has awarded N10million as seed funding to five winners of the 2021 Creativity and Innovation Challenge organised by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) as part of celebrations for its 20th year anniversary.
The theme of the event was: Inspiring Creativity and Innovation in the Nigerian Digital Economy.
The five winners, who were given N2million each, emerged from 800 contestants that participated in the contest from the 36 states of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The five winners are:
1. Nwachinemere Emeka, a resident of Oyo state, who invented a technology company to assist farmers
2. Muhammad Banre, a resident of Kaduna state, who invented a learning app
3. Jeremiah Kuro, a resident of Rivers state, who an automotive app
4. Ajiboye Mayowa, a resident of Rivers state, who invented a learning app and
5. Izu Freeman, a resident of Abuja, who also invented a learning app,
Presenting the awards to the recipients, the minister of communications and digital economy, Dr. Isa Pantami said apart from the grant, the winners will also get commendation letters from him to boost their Curriculum Vitae.
He added that they will also be drafted into the NITDA's ongoing technology innovation and entrepreneurship scheme.
Recall that Pantami recently called for increased regional collaboration for the development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) ecosystem in West Africa as a potential digital hub on the global ICT map.
The minister made the call at the two-day 18th Annual General Meeting of the West Africa Telecommunications Regulators Assembly (WATRA) held in Abuja from Wednesday, March 10 to Thursday, March 11.
Addressing WATRA representatives, Pantami said the time has come for African countries to come up with innovative ideas to fast-track the development of the ICT ecosystem in the sub-region.
Meanwhile, in Delta, Governor feanyi Okowa has said that the creation of three new universities in the state was to broaden residents' access to university education.
Okowa stated this on Wednesday, April 7 in Asaba while inaugurating an eight-member Project Management Committee for the three newly-established universities in the state.
The governor said that those criticising the establishment of four universities in the state had no knowledge of the critical data available to the government.