By Emmanuel Elebeke
Three tech-savvy female secondary school students last week grabbed federal government’s N1 million Application Innovation Awards price sum in Abuja for overcoming the fear of technology. The three lucky lasses emerged victorious in the contest out of over 89 other entries for developing website and software applications on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Child Adoption and Health.
The winners are: Zainab Aliyu Gebi of International Community Secondary School Abuja, Praise Sanni Adeniyi of International School University of Lagos and Omotayo Ogunnaike of Lagoon Secondary School Lagos, who developed the original website and apps to help the country solve some of its humanitarian problems in the areas of IDPs, child adoption and health.
They were rewarded with cash prizes of N500, 000, N300,000 and N200,000 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions respectively by the Federal Ministry of Communications Technology. Presenting the awards, the Minister of Communication Technology, Dr. Omobola Johnson, said the winners were rewarded as part of activities for Federal Government to commemorate the Girls in ICT Day celebration in Nigeria.
Johnson said the FG used the competition to woo young women and girls to take career in ICT and expressed satisfaction that the thought didn’t turn out disappointing. She said the future of countries now depends on ICT and Nigeria could not afford to be left behind. She urged other young women and young girls to emulate the winners and take interest in the ICT sector to build a brighter and rewarding future for themselves.
“This effort is good because if they don’t overcome that fear of technology, they can never venture into science and ICTs. Also for being able to fight cultural and social bars they can now pursue careers in ICT. To sustain the initiative, the Minister said: “The people I am leaving behind have been part of the programme planning and I know they are going to sustain it, while I might have introduced it, they will take and run with it.
I have no doubt in my mind because of the seriousness they have demonstrated, they need to take this programme to where it should really be at the national level.”