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NITDA awards ICT Innovation prizes to remarkable NYSC members



The Office for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIIE), an affiliate of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has awarded prizes for ICT innovation to remarkable National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) members, reports ITRealms.


The winners who got grants for idea development 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” just as consolation prizes and certificates of participation were issued to 13 teams of corp members, shortlisted for the final round of the competition.


ITRealms gathered that the presentation held in Abuja saw the top five winners receiving the Idea Development Grant to produce the prototype of their ideas. 


Speaking at the occasion, Director-General, NITDA, Mr. Peter Jack stressed the importance of ICT as an enabler for creating jobs and wealth, stressing “The top two richest men in the world (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 expressed satisfaction at the level of collaboration between NYSC and NITDA under the leadership of the Director-General, NYSC, Brigadier-General Johnson Bamidele Olawumi.


The National Coordinator, OIIE, Mr. Bunmi Okunowo said, “OIIE will leverage on its network of incubators to monitor, support and encourage the corp members to build their ideas into prototype and then begin to build a product out of it. The programme, which kicked off in November 2015, is to attract corp members who have innovative ICT ideas or ICT-driven businesses that can become a successful business within one to two years.”


He also said that under this programme, NITDA is fostering the creation of new ICT businesses by corp members thereby reducing the high rate of unemployment amongst them. Emphasising that this is a conveyor belt-type of programme for the corp members; supporting them from an ideation to a prototype development to an earliest version of the ICT product or service. We are doing all these for them during their service year in partnership with our network of incubators, angel investors, talent developers, NYSC skill acquisition and entrepreneurship development (SAED) department of NYSC,” he said.
 

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Pix: L-R: Camp Director, FCT NYSC Orientation Camp, Mrs. Iruma Blessing, Opaluwa Ojochogwu (corps member and joint first prize winner), Deputy Director, Multi Stakeholders partnership, National Information Technology Development Agency [NITDA], John Chima, Awulonu Stephen (corps member and joint first prize winner) of N250,000 in the NITDA NYSC ICT Innovation & Entrepreneurship Programme for Corp Member, Chinyere Ekwe and National Coordinator, Office of ICT Innovation& Entrepreneurship of NITDA, Bunmi Okunowo during the presentation ceremony held at the parade ground in Abuja on Wednesday

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