Platform Schools, Ipaja, Lagos, has been recognised for winning three awards from the Nigeria Computer Society Competition in 2023, NCS Lagos Information Technology Whizkid Competition, Information Technology Champs Awards, and Secondary School Session Information Technology Champs Awards.
NCS, an Umbrella body of Information Technology in Nigeria recognised and awarded the outstanding students who have shown remarkable achievements both in academics and IT fields.
NCS Lagos chapter in collaboration with the Lagos State Government, celebrated its 14th Annual Summit and Award, with the theme, ‘Strategies for IT talent management and growing the digital economy in Lagos State’s progressive environment.’
During the award presentation, Platform Schools was recognised for producing distinguished students who bagged three awards from various categories namely, overall winner, 2023 NCS Lagos IT Whizkid Competition; first place in Primary School Session IT Champs Awards, and second place in Secondary School Session IT Champs Awards.
Speaking, the ICT teacher, Platform Schools, Mr Abdulateef Dauda, said, “I feel like a champion, I have been able to raise children for the support of the school, I have been able to raise children that win national awards”.
“It looks like we dominated the award ceremony, we have been doing this and we will keep on doing it and that’s the reason we are unique,” Dauda added.
Speaking, Chairman, NCS Lagos Chapter, Mr Olakunle Oladipupo, emphasised the need to recognise IT practitioners and the benefits of managing various talents across different fields in the economy.
He said, “We are in a digital economy, a digital era, the IT practitioners are not recognised in Nigeria because they didn’t see us, they see us as wack but thank God for COVID-19 which now made them appreciate us”.
“The Lagos State Government has spent and continues to spend on IT talent management, especially on expanding the digital economy of the state.”
Also speaking, Executive Director of Transfer IT Africa, Melanie Ayoola, said,
“It is so much fun to get to see children rewarded for being at school and doing well and excelling. It shows we have confident young people that are ready to showcase their ideas and they are not afraid of that.”
“I want to see a lot more university students, graduates or graduating students, I want to see software developers being recognised here for apps that they don’t have the power to promote and they need guidance, legal advice, incorporate the right way, it’s not just about creating an app, is your app safe”, Ayoola added.