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Thursday, March 23, 2006

FUT wins NISSCOM-05 with Jbank

A 400 level student of Mathematics and Computer Science at the Federal University of Technology (FUT) Minna, Niger State, Aliyu Musa Aliyu, was weekend pronounced the overall of the Nigeria Students Software Competition (NISSCOM 2005).

ITREALMS Online recollects that NISSCOM was organised by the Nigeria Association of Computer Science Students (NACOSS) in collaboration with SystemSpecs and supported by Manna Bookstores.

His emergence came with the application known as Jbank in a stiff competition with entries hitting over 300 from students nationwide.

The finals announced at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife recently according to Senior Manager at SystemsSpecs, Mr. Moses Braimah saw Jbank, a web enabled banking application designed with J2EE technology (Java2 enterprise edition) coming top.

He said that with Jbank, a bank could easily create a customer account and retrieve account details without stress. The customers on their part could go online to make withdrawals, deposits and transfer funds.

The Association of Muslim Computer Science Students (AMCOSS) of University of Ilorin came second with their Hospital Management System (HMS). The team is made up of five students, comprising Oyedele Ibrahim, Jimoh Wasiu, Olushola Hakeem, Sa’asu Qassim and Sheu Yusau.

While Oyedemi Olumuyiwa Abisoye of the Computer Science and Engineering Department, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife took the third position with his Citizen Mobile Identification Software (CMIDS), designed to assist law enforcement agencies to identify people by using mobile/wireless technology and Internet facilities.

Mr. Braimah noted that it is interesting that Toluwashe David Ashaolu, winner of the 2004 edition of the competition, is also from the Federal University of Technology, Minna that has also provided the current winner.

Out of the over 300 entries submitted, he said, it was scheduled down to 14 of the 20 finalists present.

The SystemSpecs official explained that the criteria for evaluation and selection for winners included the business challenge of the application designed to solve, database technology deployed, development tools used, security measures embedded in the application and multi-user capability.

Also, he said, aesthetics was very essential in the selection even as the value and ease of navigation through the application.

For Aliyu, “This is one of the happiest days in my life, I never expected that I will win considering the quality of presentations made by other contestants. I will remain grateful to the organizers and sponsors of this competition.”

President of the Nigeria Association of Computer Science Students (NACOSS), Mr. Olusegun Olutayo, while presenting an outstanding award to the Managing Director of SystemSpecs, Mr. John Obaro, noted that the opportunities created by the competition is enormous, saying SystemSpecs is dedicated to the growth and development of NACOSS.

Responding, Group Head, Corporate Services SystemSpecs, Mr. Paul Ibidun, lauded the students for their kind gesture and promised that SystemSpecs would remain committed to the promotion and development of NACOSS in particular and the Nigerian students generally, Mr. Daniel Robbins, has quit his job at Microsoft after only eight months.

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