The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has said that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is an enabler for jobs and wealth creation and awareness for the large number of unemployed youths and less literate in the country.
Director General of NITDA, Mr. Peter Jack, stated this during an award ceremony recently organised by the agency to recognise outstanding National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) members for ICT innovation in Abuja.
NITDA organised the event in collaboration with its subsidiary, Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIIE) under its multi-year ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programme.
According to Jack, “the top two richest men in the world, namely Bill Gates and Carlos Slim, derived their wealth from ICT. We are committed with new zeal to accelerate IT development across the country, especially ICT innovation and entrepreneurship.
“To spearhead the innovation, we established the Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship. We are pleased at the pace of work and programs emerging from this subsidiary.”
He further expressed satisfaction at the level of collaboration with the leadership of NYSC Nigeria, especially the Director General of NYSC Nigeria, Brigadier- General Johnson Bamidele Olawumi, who has expressed full support for the program.
Among the winners at the inaugural edition of the programme who got cash prizes as idea development grants are Opaluwa John and Awulona Obinna with “MyDriver”, Temiloluwa Adesina with “A School in A Box” and Gorah Ayodele and Aluko Fikunayomi with “HIV Diagnosticare”.
Consolation prizes and certificates of participation were issued to 13 teams of corp members who were shortlisted for the final round of the competition.
However, the top five winners that received the Idea Development Grant would use the funds to produce the prototype of the ideas they have committed to NITDA OIIE.
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