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Nigeria leads anti-corruption coding competition with 1,700 applications – UNODC



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Nigerian youth dominated their contemporaries in Egypt, Kenya, Senegal and South Africa in a month-long hackathon, said the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) .

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The hackathon, launched with the aim of helping countries foster innovation among young people and use new technologies in the fight against corruption, received more than 1,700 registrations from young Nigerians.

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In a statement issued Friday in Abuja, the UNODC office said the codefest labeled “Coding4Integrity” was one of the ways in which UNODC was actively working to promote the development of sustainable ICT-based anti-corruption solutions. .

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He said the event was also ultimately aimed at advancing the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).

“Over 1,700 applications were received from Nigeria – the highest number of entries in the five countries participating in the anti-corruption hackathon.

“Twenty teams (out of the 1,700) were selected to participate in the first round of the Hackathon. Of the 20 teams, nine teams moved on to the 2nd phase of the hackathon to present their ideas to a panel of local and international jurors, ”he said.

Quoting Lanre Olaniyan

Quoting Lanre Olaniyan, a representative of SoftStructures, one of the event’s sponsors, the hackathon will help bridge the digital divide currently plaguing technological development in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.

“The hackathon offers young and adventurous software developers / engineers opportunities to show off their skills, logical thinking and technological approach to contemporary issues affecting humanity.

“It allows participants to show their talents to other enthusiasts and industry players who can help them develop their skills or the solutions offered from the hackathon to unprecedented levels.

“For the 2021 event, we are committed to keeping our pledge of one million naira (1,000,000 N) to the top winners and internship opportunities for the top three winners,” he said.

Kwarsen Titus of the Federal Ministry of Science

Speaking on the importance of the hackathon, Kwarsen Titus of the Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, said it will lead many African countries to establish e-government services.

He observed that such services would allow the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) to link government functions and procedures, there, accountability and transparency.

Nigerian News Agency

The Nigerian News Agency reports that the coding4integrity hackathon will be the third justice-related hackathon in which young Nigerians will participate with the support of UNODC since 2019.

Source: NAN

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