Leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria; Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo and Founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, have commended all the participants of the Aso Villa Demo Day, a presidential initiative aimed at promoting entrepreneurship and innovation through the use of new and emerging technologies.
Airtel, one of the major sponsors of the initiative, endowed and presented cash prizes to the top three participants.
The colourful prize presentation ceremony, which held at the Aso Villa yesterday (2nd September, 2016) was attended by the Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Nigeria, Segun Ogunsanya, the Vice President, Zuckerberg, the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed; the minister of Communication, Barrister Adebayo Shittu and Chief Executives drawn from different sectors across corporate Nigeria.
Mr. Ogunsanya congratulated the winners and reaffirmed Airtel’s commitment to pioneering innovation in the telecoms industry as well as seeking credible platforms to support the Nigerian government and the country’s youth.
Speaking at the event, the Vice President, Osinbajo congratulated all the participants, saying they are all winners.
While lauding the country’s youth for their innovation, creativity, drive and entrepreneurial spirit, the Vice President said there is so much hope in what the young generation can do.
He also hinted that the Federal Government is currently exploring ways to cooperate with Facebook in the next few months.
Zuckerberg, in his submission, said it is inspiring to see what young Nigerians have done in terms of app development and use of technology.
He said his trip to Nigeria has blown him away in terms of the talents he sees across the country. He noted that Nigerian youth will not just shape the country but will shape the whole world.
Aso Villa Demo Day is aimed at promoting entrepreneurship, innovation, job creation and economic growth through the use of new and emerging technologies. An initiative of the Presidency, the maiden edition celebrated some of the best Nigerians in technology innovation and creativity and also featured inspiring talks from thought leaders and experts from different economic sectors in Nigeria.