7th September, 2018
The Nigerian Vice-President on Thursday received the victorious Nigerian girls who won the World Technovation Challenge in the Silicon Valley in San Francisco, United States, last month.
On their way to winning the competition, the Nigerian girls defeated representatives of other countries including the USA, Spain, Turkey, Uzbekistan and China to win the gold medal at the competition.
The girls received by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo included Promise Nnalue, Nwabuaku Ossai, Adaeze Onuigbo, Vivian Okoye, Jessica Osita and Miracle Igboke. They came to Aso Rock in company of the Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Nkem Okeke, Commissioner for Education, Prof. Kate Omenugha, and the Principal of the Regina Paces Secondary School, Onitsha.
The girls had won the competition with an FD-Detector Application, which they developed to curb fake drugs. It is not a secret that Nigeria is facing a serious challenge in the area of fake drugs proliferation across the country and so this application is viewed as a timely one for the country to put into production so as to combat the fake drugs menace once and for all.
It is left to be seen however if the government will seize this opportunity to actualize the production of this device even though the Vice-President spoke in line with such an intent.
If anything, the Vice President Osinbajo promised that the federal government would be talking to the government of Anambra State about what could be done to support the project.
He also said the government would equally collaborate with the Edufun Technik Stem Centre; whose Managing Director, Uchenna Onwuamaegbu, mentored the girls in developing the application.
The Vice-President then used the occasion to inform the gathering that some of the areas of education that government was looking at were the pre-school and primary school that would take into cognizance technological development.
According to him, “In our new curriculum, what we are looking at is a variant of STEAM. So we are looking at Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths, STEAM.
He then went on to say:
“The world has changed. The entire system of education has challenge because certainly, we cannot prepare not just for the 21st Century but even the next five years without serious investment in technology.”