10th December, 2020
As part of its effort to promote computer literacy and ICT awareness among students of secondary schools in Kano State, the Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) has since 2003 instituted a yearly ICT quiz for secondary schools in Kano State. The objectives of the quiz were to sensitize the school communities on the importance of computer knowledge, encourage students to take computer studies seriously and aid advocacy on the need for school proprietors and government to provide computers to school and invest more in the area. This year’s ICT quiz held on the 10th of December, 2020 at Kano State University of Science and Technology (KUST), Wudil with twenty six secondary schools as participants within Kano state. The participating schools were Dawakin Tofa Science Collage, GGSS Sani Mai Nagge, GSS Ja’oji, First Lady Collage, GGUC Kachako, GSS Gano, GTC Kano, MTGSTC Kano, M.A Day Science, Governors Collage Kano, GSS Kawaji, Dawakin Kudu Science, YBUMSS, KUST Staff Collage, GSS Gwale, GSS Rumfa Collage, Kano, SAS, Kano, GGSS Shekara, GSS Gaya Gandu, GGC Kano, GGC Dala, MSSC Gaya, GSS Gwammaja, H&M Girls Science and GTC Ungogo.
The 2020 ICT Quiz had a 224 attendees including the Vice Chancellor of Kano State Science and Technology Wudil (KUST), Professor Shehu A Musa, Professor T.S, Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration, KUST, Aminu Bello Muhammad, Registrar, KUST, Abubakar Shehu, National Information Technology Development Agency, Hashim Muhd T. Ministry of Education, Usman Usman Dalhatu Nigeria Communication Commission, Kano Zonal Office, Khalid Imam, Kano State Science and Technical Board, Abdurrashid Abubakar, Gaya Emirate Council and Hafsat M. Abdullahi from the Centre of Information Technology, Bayero University, Kano
In his welcome remarks, CITAD Executive Director, Engr. YZ Ya’u who was represented by the Centre’s Training Coordinator, Malam Ahmad Abdullahi Yakasai said over the years CITAD saw the need to support and boast the ICT sector by initiating and coming up with various programmes including the ICT quiz. He continued to state that The ICT quiz is one of the several efforts CITAD has been putting in the development of ICT knowledge among the young people in the country including several trainings and workshops with different objectives. Malam Abdullahi added “so far the Centre has recorded a lot of successes and achievements from this initiative by bringing different secondary schools within the state together in order to boast their moral and academic performance”. Announcing the prizes to be won, Malam Abdullahi said in this year’s ICT quiz First place position will go home with All in One Computer, Second Place Position will be given Refurbish Desktop Computer while third Place will receive a Printer and best teacher will also go home with Plasma TV, 32 inch.
Another prizes to be given at the event were as follows: all participants of the winning Schools will receive Techno Tabs Android phones.
Remarking at the event, the chairman of the occasion, Prof. Shehu A. Musa, Vice Chancellor, KUST, Wudil expressed his happiness and appreciated CITAD for initiating this gigantic and life changing program. According to him, this kind of event will change the thinking of young people and encourage them to take career in the field of ICT. Professor Shehu assured CITAD on behalf of the university to keep on hosting the quiz annually. He also announced that the university will take responsibility of awarding the prize of first position with a computer, the university will also give N20,000 to each participating school from first to tenth positions and N50,000 for the best teacher. He also announced that he will personally give N20, 000 to the first place position, N20, 000 to the second place position and N10, 000 to the Third place position.
At the end of the competition, GTC Ungogo emerged 1st Place Position, MSSC Gaya emerged 2nd Place Position and GTC Kano emerged 3rd Place Position. Malam Anas Usman Aliyu of GTC Ungogo won the best teacher award.