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Digital Nigeria Day: Abiodun Rewards Best Innovator.



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Digital Nigeria Day: Abiodun Rewards Best Innovator.

Ogun state government has rewarded the best innovator among the youths who participated at the 2021 Digital Nigeria Day celebration, held in Abeokuta, with cash and commitment to advance her course by nurturing her innovative idea as well as moving it above the incubation stage.

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Miss Rukayat Balogun, who emerged the best among the youth that had come to pitch their ideas at the event, developed a market guide application that offers business owners and buyers the opportunity to know market prices, and seamless advertisement at their various closet.

She thanked Prince Dapo Abiodun for giving her the opportunity to show case her intellect through a pitching event competition for young innovators in Information Technology (IT) organized by the state”s Bureau of Information Technology (BIT), towards encouraging the best amongst them financially , nurture their ideas, and recommend them appropriately to the Public, Private and International organizations that could need their services.

Speaking while joining the programme virtually, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Dayo Abiodun, said the theme for this year; Digital Transformation; A path for Sustainable Economy in Government and Private Sector has been a driving force of the present administration, reiterating government”s readiness to support anyone with productive ideas that would move the state forward in terms of the digital economy.

Abiodun maintained that the government has achieved tremendously in sustaining the digital economy of the state in the last two years, especially information technology, hence the establishment of OgunTechHub where I T managers could acquire more knowledge and boost digital innovations for the development of the state.

The Special Adviser said Prince Dapo Abiodun has improved the lives of the female gender by establishing secure and sustainable livelihoods for them using ICT training with an emphasis on a more wholesome IT professional to increase financial returns from technology through its programme called ABOCODERS Female Coding Class.

In his opening remark, the Special Assistant on ICT, Mr Olakunle Akibola noted that government is passionate about human capital development saying thousands of teachers, youth and entrepreneurs have been trained on information technology for sustainable development goals of the state.

Delivering her welcome address, Director, I T, Mrs Olatundun Adekunte said the present administration has made positive impacts in information technology which has earned the state overall second-best state in ICT Penetration and Adoption by the Federal Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy in December 2020 among others.

In their separate goodwill messages, chief Technical Officer, lead Resources, Mr Kehinde Sogunle and head of the department, Computer Science, Chrisland University, Dr Oni Omogbadegun appreciated the state government for its developmental strides by using ICT to sustain the state economy, calling for more Private Sector Partnership with the state, to support citizens with innovations for future development.

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