The Federal Government has awarded Cash prizes worth 16 million Naira to winners of the Independence day celebration slogan, poem and photograph categories.

Presenting the checks, the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy and Chairman of the 60th Independence celebration Committee, Dr Isa Pantami said the competition was meant to create a platform for all Nigerians to participate in the diamond anniversary.

Dr Pantami said the nation was proud of the winners and called on them to be patriotic.

He said the diamond anniversary which is to last till September 30 next year is a period for Nigeria to celebrate it’s unity.

The Chairman of the Independence Competition Judging Committee, Director, ICT Infrastructure of NITDA, Dr Gambo Abdullahi said the competition was meant to tap into the creative and innovative potential of the youth.

The Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs Modupe Esan represented by the Permanent Secretary, Dr Demo Fasedinmu commended the efforts of all participants describing every Nigerian as a winner.

3,258 participants applied for the various categories of the competition with nine persons winning the cash prize.

Nwakuba Ezinne, Oluwadaresinmi Daniel and Kalu Chioma won first positions in Photography, Slogan and poetry categories respectively.RN