The 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.
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, especially the Director General of NYSC, Brigadier- General Johnson Bamidele Olawumi, who has expressed full support for the program.
The Gazette gathered 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.
Source: Nelson NseAbasi