Four female students from Princeton College, Surulere, Lagos under the tutelage of New Horizons Computer Learning Centre, the school’s ICT partner, have emerged the African regional winner for the 2019 Technovation Contest.
This year’s contest held at Pan Atlantic University, Lagos. The innovative application developed by Princeton College girls name Frostbits, will solve the menace of obstructive parking in Nigeria particularly in Lagos with the use of location sensors, database, and app inventor’s interface and more.
According to the developers, users can easily park their cars without worrying about interference from other drivers.
This app developed by the girls came first in the ‘Senior Division Regional 2019 Technovation Competition”.
Names of the exceptional girls are: Miss Daniella Ekekwe (Grade 11); Miss Gbopemioluwa Olukoga (Grade 11); Miss Victory Yinka-Banjo (Grade 11); and Miss Tanyalouise Ekekwe (Grade 12).
Certainly, hope is not lost for Nigerian Educational System because we still have some top quality schools like Princeton College Surulere which have begun to groom our youths for a brighter tomorrow and produce great innovations through highly valued IT skills that can impact the general social life and also contribute to the liberation of Nigerian Economy from its present dilemma.
According to the Princeton Schools Education Director, Dr (Mrs) Dolapo Bankole while congratulating her students and the parents and the teacher who collaborate to make this happen said: ”Our emphasis in Princeton school is to produce students with 21st century skills in Sciences and Technology, so that students from our school can compete effectively with their counterparts in Europe, America and Asia”.
The chief executive officer, New Horizons, Mr Tim Akano, rejoicing with the Board of Directors and Parents of Princeton School for the deliberate quality education the school offers, said “Princeton is one of the topmost schools in Nigeria where parents who desire the best future for their children should patronise.
“The standard of education is high and very robust. We are happy to be part of their success and look forward to even bigger international achievement in future together with Princeton,” Akano added.
Princeton College (secondary school arm of Princeton Schools) is situated in Surulere, with a well-qualified and experienced staff to graduate responsible and self-sufficient citizens with strong critical thinking and academic skills.
Princeton College in partnership with New Horizons Computer Learning Centre, the World’s Largest Independent IT & Business Skills Training Company) support provides a dynamic, comprehensive Information Communication and Technology (ICT) project-based training curriculum to all the students of Princeton College in an exciting, challenging and innovative way.
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L-R: Miss Daniella Ekweke; Miss Victory Yinka-Banjo; Mr. Oluwatosin Olaleye, Instructor, New Horizons Nigeria; Miss Gbopemioluwa Olukoga; and Miss Tanyalouise Ekweke, all female students of Princeton College Surulere, Lagos whose vehicle parking app emerged winner of the 2019 Technovation African Regional Contest held at Lagos Business School, Pan Atlantic University, Lekki, Lagos recently.
400-level student of Ajayi Crowther University builds solar-powered automated hand washing unit
A 400-level student of the Department of Physics with Electronics, Ajayi Crowther University, Joshua Aderinola, has built a solar-powered automatic hand washing, rinsing, and drying Unit.
The project supervised by Dr. P. C. Amalu, a Senior Lecturer in the Department is Aderinola’s own way to help prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
At the presentation of the project to the Management of the University on Wednesday 20th May 2020, the Special Assistant to the Governor of Oyo State on Students Matters, Mr. Olojede Victor said that it is a thing of joy see that students in the state are rising to contribute their quota to support the government at this trying time.
While receiving the device on behalf of the Management, the Vice-Chancellor, Rt. Rev. Prof. Dapo F. Asaju commended the student and also used the opportunity to appeal to other students to go out and find societal problems they too can solve, hoping that very soon, Ajayi Crowther University’s Faculty of Natural Sciences will find a cure to COVID-19.
Present at the test running of the prototype, is the Vice-Chancellor, Rt. Rev. Prof. Dapo Asaju, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Jacob Adeniyi, the Bursar of the University, Pst Samson Olojede, the University Librarian, Dr. (Mrs) Beatrice Fabunmi, the Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Prof. Ebenezer Olayinka, the Chairman, Committee and Dean of Faculty of Humanities, Prof. Joel Ayodabo, Dean Student Affairs, Prof. O.F. Alabi, the President of the Students Association, Kehinde Timileyin among others.
IMT Enugu Engineering team builds automated hand washing machine to curb COVID-19 spread
Rector, Professor Austin Uchechukwu Nweze promises to support mass production
With over five million confirmed cases and close to four hundred thousand deaths across the world, the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has threatened the entire world on a historic scale.
While the early transmission affected China, South Korea, much of western Europe, and the United States, the virus is currently spreading rapidly across the African continent. Nigeria has recorded close to seven thousand cases as at the time of filing this report.
Due to biological nature of the novel coronavirus, named severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) with faster spreading and unknown transmission pattern, it is difficult to contain the transmission of the disease globally.
The pandemic presents a major threat to already-stressed or makeshift health systems. But technology could help curb the spread.
The World Health Organisation (WHO, has recommended that washing of one’s hands with soap regularly and thoroughly and/or using alcohol based sanitizer remain major steps toward containing the spread of the virus.
This particular recommendation has led to innovations; from robots to a virus-killing snood and a portable isolation capsule, these new prototypes demonstrate what humans are capable of in the face of adversity.
To this end, the engineering team of the prestigious Institute of Management and Technology, IMT Enugu, embarked on innovation expedition.
IMT is notable as a top institution with a drive to effect positive academic, technological and socioeconomic changes in Nigeria.
The engineering team has delivered a Touch-Free Automated Hand Washing Machine.
A prototype of the machine was unveiled by the Rector, Professor Austin Uchechukwu Nweze and supported by the Deputy Rector, Engr. Sunday Udeh; the School Registrar, Drs. Mrs Ijeoma Aneke; the Deputy Director Degree Programmes, Dr. Mrs. Ogochukwu Okanya and Director Consultancy Unit, Surveyor Oliver Odenigo.
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The Public Relations Officer of IMT Enugu, Barr. Mark Akunna Eze, told TechEconomy.ng that while unveiling the automated machine, the Rector expressed delight over the innovative prowess of the engineering team.
“In fact, IMT has recorded many firsts since the assumption of office oo Prof. Nweze. It is not surprising that the team came up with such novel idea and turned it to practical solution to curtailing the spread of COVID-19.
“Interestingly, the Rector has disclosed that management will support mass production of the machines. They will be deployed within the campus and interested members of the public can also place order. One thing is certain, IMT Enugu is now notable for entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs are known during crisis like the world is faced with today”, he added.
As it stands, the group has the Institute’s backing for mass production of the automated machines for sale in the open market.
OAU OAK-Park innovates against COVID-19, unveils unique nose masks ‘The IfeMask’
As the nations of the world groans and grieves under the siege of Covid-19 pandemic, African scientists are being challenged to help Africa look inwards and create effective homegrown solutions in combating the pandemic.
Stemming from this, the World Bank sponsored Africa Centre of Excellence, a technology innovation park of the Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria, is leading the way through the production of Nose Mask, a key Personal Protective Equipment as part of the concerted response against COVID-19.
As widely advised and mandated by the Federal Government of Nigeria, wearing face masks can help reduce the community spread of respiratory infections such as COVID-19.
Thus, wearing of face masks is crucial at a critical time that we are in.
The Dean, Faculty of Technology, OAU, Professor Adesola Aderounmu, in a message to TechEconomy.ng, said that ‘The IfeMask’, as code named, is a wholly locally designed, developed and produced nose mask by the World Bank sponsored OAU ICT-Driven Knowledge Park (OAK-Park).
According to Prof. Aderounmu, the immediate past president of the Nigeria Computer Society, “The mask is unique. It draws its uniqueness in its durability, reusability and comfortability.
“The reinforced rubber material and acrylic painted body makes it possible to be washed and decontaminate after each use.
“The mask does not change shape on reuse and is comfortable to wear”.
TechEconomy.ng close examination of the mask shows it also embeds an N95 compliant high-efficiency particulate air filter material which allow for breathing while trapping foreign objects.
The filtering material can be changed after each use. The detachable mask is easy to assemble and dissemble within 2 minutes.
“The design, developing and production of IfeMask aligns with the vision of the World Bank, to create regionally-recognized and acknowledged Centres in Africa that is driven by high quality, commercialized research and technology; and in the case of OAK-Park, to also advance the growth of ICT industry”, the Dean said.
OAK-Park has been a trailblazer in this regard with other products such as drone and finger print scanner all locally produced in its line.
He added that, currently, the Park is engaging potential manufacturers for a large scale production of the Ife Mask in order to make it widely available.
Figure 1-3 shows the IfeMask on display with other prototypes of the Park.
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