In an effort to promote the development of ICT in Kano state and the entire northern region of Nigeria, Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), has since 2001 organised annual ICT quiz for secondary schools in Kano state. This effort is also replicated in some states in the northern Nigeria. The ICT quiz is one of the several efforts CITAD has been organizing and convening for the development of ICT including several trainings with different objectives. This is with the view that ICT has become a universal language and thus, any society which is left out of the picture will be left behind. The ICT quiz is therefore organised with the main goal of motivating and encouraging young girls and secondary schools to embrace ICT right from secondary level. It is also set to motivate and support secondary schools’ managements to adequately invest in ICT subjects in their various schools. The 2019 ICT quiz marked the 18th annual quiz organised by CITAD.
As witnessed, the 2019 ICT quiz has the highest number of participating schools in the entire history of annual quiz for secondary schools organised by Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD). The total number of the schools that took part in the quiz was 41.
The Program started with an opening prayer at exactly 11:27. The quiz was attended by different dignitaries within and outside the state. The chairman of the occasion Dr. Shuaibu Ahmad Usman gave the first speech where he stresses the fact that, the importance of ICT in the whole world today cannot be overemphasized which makes it necessary to give much attention on ICT programs especially to the upcoming ones with bright future. He further called on other sectors within and outside the state to encourage and contribute to programs on ICT further its promotion.
In the opening speech presented by the Executive Director of CITAD, Dr, Yunusa Ya’u who was represented by the Training Coordinator and the Treasurer of CITAD, Malam Ahmad Abdullahi Yakasai, over the years the CITAD saw the need to the support and boast the ICT sector by initiating and coming up with various programme including the ICT quiz. He said so far they have recorded a lot of success and achievement from this initiative by bringing different secondary schools within the state together in order to boast their moral and academic performance. The Executive director also listed some similar programsmes that are been organized and run by the Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) which have been benefitted to many students, youths and women in different locations where they operate. He listed and appreciated the efforts and contributions of many the Donors who had been partnering with CITAD so far to see that such programs are being carried out yearly. Lastly, he listed all the prizes that will the awarded to the winning participant at the end of the quiz.
The Vice Chancellor of Kano University of Science and Technology Wudil who was represented by the DVC Prof Tijjani Sale Bichi started his speech by appreciating the effort of CITAD in organizing ICT Quiz yearly for secondary schools in promoting the program of “Catch them Young”. He traces back to the history pointing out some of the achievements that have been recorded going by the history of computer in the past and what we have today. He said the advancement of computer language in the whole world today makes it possible for programs of such kind to be carryout, because we have moved to another era where most of our activities run within the digital world. He then congratulates all the students for been part of this years progam which he said was a great opportunity.
There were also goodwill messages from representatives of various stakeholders in ICT including National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Nigeria Communication Commission, Kano State Science and Technical Board, and Kano State Senior School Management Board respectively, where they promised to continue supporting CITAD as well as other stakeholders especially in ICT programs that will help in developing the future of the young ones (students).
The Quiz was declared opened by the chief judge of the competition, Dr. Murtala Muhammad which gave the Quiz master Abdullhamid Abdullahi from CITAD, the mandate to read out the quiz guidelines.
After laying the quiz guidelines, the competition started. The participating schools which were 41 in number were categorized into two batches. The first batch included 21 schools and below is their names and scores:
|2||GSS HOTORO NORTH||0||2||2||4|
|3||KUST STAFF SCHOOL||2||0||2||4|
|4||SANI BELLO SCIENCE COLL. KANO||2||2||2||6|
|6||KANO STATE POLY STAFF SCH||2||0||0||2|
|8||MAIRO TIJJABI GIRLS SCIENCE COLL||2||0||2||4|
|9||GSCS COMMERCIAL KANO||2||0||0||2|
|11||DAWAKIN TOFA SCI COLL||0||2||2||4|
|12||GOVT TECH COLL UNGOGGO||0||2||0||2|
|22||H&M GIRLS SCIENCE COLL||2||0||0||2|
In the first round of the first batch, 5 schools scored a total of six marks each which qualified them to get to the second round.
The second batch of the competition includes 20 schools and their scores is presented in the table below:
|3||DAY SCIENCE COLLEGE||2||2||2||6|
|9||GGSS ADO GWARAM||0||0||2||2|
|10||GGSS FATIMA MOHD||2||2||0||4|
|12||GGASS LIMAN IDI||2||0||2||4|
|15||SBH GSTC GWARZO||2||2||2||6|
|18||GGSS YAR GAYA||2||2||2||6|
|19||GGASS DAN ZABUWA||2||2||0||4|
In the second batch also, five schools scored a total of six marks each which qualified them to get to the second round to compete with the other five schools from the first batch. Thus, 10 schools competed in the second round. Their scores are presented below:
|1||SANI BELLO SCIENCE COLL. KANO||0||0||2||2|
|8||DAY SCIENCE COLLEGE||2||2||2||6|
|9||SBH GSTC GWARZO||2||0||2||4|
|10||GGSS YAR GAYA||0||0||0||0|
In the second round, Day Science College has the highest scores of six which emerged the school as the 1st position, while two others including GSS Gwale and GSTC Gwarzo had a draw of 4 marks each. Therefore, another round was competed between the two schools to determine the 2nd and 3rd positions where GSS Gwale emerged second and GSTC Gwarzo emerged third positions.
The winners are therefore:
|DAY SCIENCE COLLEGE||1st|
|SBH GSTC GWARZO||3rd|
The following prizes were given to the three winners of the competition. Similarly, the best teacher who is the ICT teacher of the school that emerged first position was given a prize too.
|1.||First (1st) Position||Laptop Computer, Printer, Bag, Dongle and 10 yard of shadda|
|2||Second (2nd) Position||Laptop Computer, mobile Phone, Bag, Internet Dongle and 10 yard “Shadda”.
|3||Third (3rd) Position||Laptop Computer, Bag, Dongle and 10 yard shadda.|
|4||Best Teacher||T.V plasma 26 inch|
Certificate of participation was also given to all students that participated in the competition as well as their teachers.
Comments and Observations by the Students
- One of students suggested and advice that, the Quiz participant should be given two attempts for a question instead of one since they have two participants from each school. That given them a single chance makes it easier for them to fails a question.
- Another student also suggested that there should be a provision that will give junior secondary schools students the opportunity to attend program of such kind for them to learn and be carried along. Stressing that most of the students lack exposure especially to events like this.
- Lastly a suggestion was give by a student pleading that when reading out the options in a question, the options should be more emphasized instead of the alphabets used on each option. For instance using alphabet A(for the first option) alphabet b(for the second option).
At the end, Malam Isah Garba, who is the senior programme officer of CITAD, gave a vote of thanks and a closing prayer which declared the event closed.
List Donation Received
|1||National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA)||Three laptops computer, three bags and three internet dongles|
|2||Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil (KUST)||Hosting and Two hundred thousand naira (200,000)|
|3||Rahama Radio and Television||Covering the quiz competition as well as airing.|
|4||Bayero University, Kano (BUK)||Two hundred thousand naira (200,000)|
|5||H&M Construction company||Fifty thousand naira (50,000)|
|6||Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano (YUMSUK)||Fifty thousand naira (50,000)|
|7||Alh. Isah Ahmad (former perm. Sect. Ministry of Commerce and Industry)||Fifty thousand naira (50,000)|
|8||Alh. Bala Maisallah||Thirty (30) yards shadda|
|9||Bayero University, Kano Press||Refurbish Desktop Computer|
|10||Prof. Bashir Galadanchi (CIT Director of BUK)||Three (3) wall clock|
|11||Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD)||T.V plasma, Printer 3in1, Mobile Phone, T-shirt, Certificate