Three tech-savvy female secondary school students last week won the federal government’s N1 million Application Innovation Awards prize in Abuja. Their victory followed a contest, which saw the submission of over 89 entries of innovative website and software applications that can contribute help manage Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Child Adoption and Health.
The winners, 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, developed original websites 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 encourage young women and girls to take up careers in ICT. According to her, 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 barriers, they can now pursue careers in ICT.”