An innovative payment and human capital management technology firm, Systemspecs Limited, has pledged to support the use of technology to enhance security in Nigeria, amid criminality in the land.
The tech firm, with headquarters in Lagos, made the commitment recently while hosting the winners of its ‘2021 Children’s Day Essay Competition’.
It explained to Financial Street on Tuesday that the competition was part of its commitment to the development of indigenous Information Technology capacity for national prosperity.
Themed ‘Building a more Secure Nigeria using Technology’, over 2,000 entries were received from secondary schools pupils across the country for the competition, Financial Street gathered.
The Executive Director, SystemSpecs, Deremi Atanda, said the number of entries from Borno State, an area in North East Nigeria under terrorists attack, thrilled the company.
“It shows that even in times like this, people are interested in advancing national interest. Some students went all the way to seek Internet access in remote locations to send their entries. That resonates well with our objective of intervention in building capacity for the IT industry in Nigeria,” Atanda stated.
Twelve-year-old Chetachi Mbalu of Lagooz College, Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos, emerged winner in the junior category, while 15-year-old Uchenna Ohiaeri of Queensland Academy, Okota, Lagos, won in the senior category, the organisers noted.
“Beside the prizes presented to the winners, the company also donated 15 laptop computers to the winning school in the senior category, and 10 to the winning school in the junior category,” they added.
The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh, described the competition as a step in the right direction.
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