NITDA Rewards Nigerians who Emerged 2018/19 Global Finalists in Huawei ICT Competition
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), with the mandate of developing and regulating information technology in Nigeria, has rewarded the efforts of the six students of Ahmadu Bello University who excelled at the recently concluded Huawei ICT Competition Global finals at Huawei’s Songshan Lake Campus, the People’s Republic of China.
In a statement signed by Hajiya Hadiza Umar,head, Corporate Affairs and External Relations, Nigeria’s Chief Information Technology Officer/DG of NITDA, Dr Isa Pantami presented signed letters of commendation along with a tablet preloaded with e-learning software and an internet bundle with three months unlimited subscription and a cash donation of N500,000 to each of the students.
At NITDA’s corporate head office in Abuja where the presentation held, the Managing Director of Huawei Technologies represented by the Deputy Managing Director, Abuja Office, the Vice-Chancellor Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, represented by Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), the Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Technology (FUT) Minna, and the Vice-Chancellor, American University of Nigeria (AUN)
Dr Pantami commended the students for the excellent performance and urged them not to relent on their efforts. He further reiterated NITDA’s commitment, on behalf of the Federal Government, to supporting talented Nigerians reach their potentials.
He advised them to think outside the box, come up with revolutionary ideas that will help in solving social challenges and always aspire to be employers of labour. He added that the country’s future relies on ICT as it is the driver of all aspects of the economy.
Similar event was held last year when the ‘Save-a-Soul’ team, the five young Nigerian girls from Regina Pacis Secondary School, Anambra State who won the famous Technovation competition award Silicon Valley, the USA, where each of the girls received awards and a Digital Divide Bridging Centre (DDBC) with ICT facilities, alternative solar power energy and Internet connectivity as well as a comprehensive e-Learning Application with educational materials, designed in accordance with the Nigerian educational curricular was deployed to their school.