The National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, has recognized and rewarded the efforts of 6 students of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria after emerging global finalists at the recently concluded Huawei ICT Competition in the People’s Republic of China.
In a statement on Thursday, the NITDA’s Head of Corporate Affairs and External Relations, Hadiza Umar, said the recognition became necessary as the students did Nigeria proud by emerging global best at the competition.
According to the statement, the Director General of NITDA, Dr Isa Ali-Pantami presented the students with signed letters of commendation, a Tablet PC each with e-learning Software, an internet dongle with 3 months unlimited subscription and a total value of N500,000 to each of the students.
The presentation which was made at the Agency’s Corporate Head Office, Garki, Abuja, had in attendance Managing Director of Huawei Technologies, represented by the Deputy Managing Director, Abuja Office.
Others include 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.
In his remarks, Mr Ali-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.
Mr Ali-Pantami advised the students to think outside the box and come up with revolutionary ideas that would help in solving social challenges and always aspire to be employers of labour.
It would be recalled that a similar event was held last year when the ‘Save-a-Soul’ team, 5 young Nigerian girls from Regina Pacis Secondary School, Anambra State won the famous Technovation competition award Silicon Valley.
Each of the girls received an award and a Digital Divide Bridging Centre, DDBC, with ICT facilities, alternative solar power energy and Internet connectivity.
A comprehensive e-Learning Application with educational materials, designed in accordance with the Nigerian educational curricular was also deployed to their School.