By Chukwuemeka Emmanuel
The Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy has presented digital tools to winners who clinched the top three positions to emerge first, second and third winners of the Public Service Innovation Challenge among 168 participants nationwide in 2020.
Participants at the Public Service Innovation Challenge representing the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, who clinched the top three positions to emerge first, second and third winners of the competition among 168 participants nationwide have been digitally empowered.
Presenting the tools, the minister, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami under whose purview the ministry falls, expressed satisfaction at the feat, affirming that the ministry was proud of the acheivement and that “the federal government will continue to support innovation and innovators.
He said the presentation of the digital tools (laptops) came in addition to the monetary prizes won by the teams, to further encourage and support their drive.
The winning teams presented with Laptops include: Sogunro Oyindamola and Iliya Abdurrahman, who won the first prize for developing a software solution that provides a reliable platform for organisation; Oluwaseun Winsala and Francis Ebire, who came second with their Digital ID Wallet Blockchain solution; while Zainab Saka an Tolulope Ibitoye came third with an effective reward system for civil servants.
The maiden edition of the competition organised by the Office of the Head of Service of the federation also saw the Ministry carting away the fourth and fifth positions at the competition.
It will be recalled that the competition is aimed at promoting innovation in the public service.
The Ministry of Communications and digital Economy had on Ayhust last year won the first, second and third prizes for the Public Service Innovation Challenge Award Competition, designed to improve service delivery.
The winners, who are from the same ministry were awarded N3 million, N1.7 million and N1 million respectively, while consolation prizes were given to other participants.
Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF), Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, who spoke at the occasion in Abuja said that organising such competition was in line with the Federal Civil Service Strategic and Implementation Plan (FCSSIP).
Yemi-Esan said that the initiative was part of the Federal Government`s eight key priority areas to improve on the service delivery by the public servants.
She expressed confident that the initiative would enhance the nation`s future service delivery, while appreciating participants for the exhibition of their skills during the competition,