Wednesday, October 04, 2006


Ozioma Akubueze

Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), Awka will host the next grand finale of the Nigeria Students’ Software Competition (NISSCOM) which comes up early next year.

Registration which is open to all students of Nigerian tertiary institutions, has commenced irrespective of course of study.

The registration is on line through www.nisscom.net and will close on November 30, 2006.

NISSCOM facilitated by SystemSpecs, Nigeria’s leading business and human capital management software company, is aimed at developing interest of Nigerian tertiary students in software programming.

Mr. John Obaro, managing director of SystemSpecs said about the competition; “we are excited by the array of talents that have been discovered and the interest being stimulated among students in software development since the competition started. Winners of past competitions who have been in internship programme with us have demonstrated great potentials and we expect that they would go back to their various schools to impact on others, knowledge and experiences gained.”

Nisscom is a collaborative project between National Association of Computer Science Students (NACOSS) and SystemSpecs Nigeria.

The winner of the maiden edition of Nisscom, which started in 2005 was Aliyu Musa Aliyu of Federal University of Technology, Minna.

Three finalists are expected to emerge at next year’s event and various mouth-watering prizes await them.

As said by the senior marketing manager at SystemSpecs, Mr. Moses Braimah, the first prize winner will go home with a trophy, N100,000.00, a certificate and an internship, second prize winner would gets N75,000.00, a certificate and an internship while the third prize winner gets N50,000.00, a certificate and internship.

Also a N5,000 consolation prize will be won by 17 other finalists. All the internship which is for 3 months is given at SystemSpecs Limited.

On his experience on the internship, Mr. Musa Aliyu, the 2005 first winner of the competition said “the experience I gained in SystemSpecs will remain invaluable to me. It is a totally different world when you find yourself among young, vibrant and far more experienced programmers who earn their living simply writing codes on daily basis. I’ll forever be grateful for this rare opportunity,” he concluded.

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