Sani Bello Science College Dawakin Kudu, emerged victorious at the just concluded 21st annual quiz for Kano secondary school students.

Others are Government Girls Secondary School, Maryam Sani Abacha and School for Arabic Studies Kano, who clinched second and third positions.

The event organized by Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD),was held at Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano.

Speaking at the event, CITAD’s Executive Director, Engineer Yunusa Ya’u, highlighted that, the quiz is used as a tool for raising awareness on ICT among teachers and students, by encouraging the study of computer education and testing ICT knowledge of secondary school students.

Engineer Yunusa, who was represented by Malam Ahmed Abdullahi Yakasai, described information technology as a profession without boundary, that enables people to employ themselves, and provide employment opportunities to others.

The executive director pointed out that, the center had been organizing the competition for the last 20 years, to inculcate the interest of the society in information technology.

“Children in remand homes were trained on ICT and GSM repair,while women and girls received training on digital livelihood to become self reliant “.

In his remarks the Vice Chancellor,Yusuf Maitama Sule University Professor Mukhtar Atiku Kurawa explained that, the National Universities Commission has approved the commencement of two new courses on cyber security and software engineering, in addition to the existing ones on computer science and information and communication technology.

Professor Mukhtar, who was represented by the deputy vice chancellor, Professor Amina Salihu noted that, a new faculty of computing science would soon commence operations, where courses related to the field, would be moved from the faculty of science to make them more effective.

“Each year we receive a lot of applications on computer science and information technology”

Also speaking,the chairman panel of judges, who doubles as Head of Computer Science Department, Yusuf Maitama Sule University Kano, Dr. Sani Danjuma said, the quiz was conducted under a conducive atmosphere, where the students abided by rules and regulations guiding the competition.

He highlighted that, 36 schools participated where three winners emerged.

Radio Nigeria reports that, Sani Bello science college received the first prize of laptop computer, printer, wall clock, certificate and a scholarship to undergo ICT training at CITAD.

The other two schools also received prizes,while the teacher of the winning school was awarded with a television set.

KHADIJAH ALIYU