COVID 19: Pantami presents research grants to startups with adaptable digital solutions


The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, on Tuesday, presented N9 million COVID-19 research grants to 3 promising startups with adaptable digital solutions in a brief ceremony held at the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Corporate Headquarters, Abuja.

The startups participated in a 3-month long virtual hackathon organized by NCC in line with the policy directives of the Honourable Minister, Dr Pantami, with the theme – Virtual Hackathon: Adaptable Digital Solutions for Addressing the Present and Future Impact of Pandemic and Epidemic Diseases from Technology Hubs, Startups and Innovation Digital SMEs in Nigeria.

In his remarks, Pantami said: “we need to produce what we need and consume what we produce, any country that remains a consumer will find it difficult to succeed.”

He stressed that there was a need for Nigeria to be bold enough in adopting indigenous solutions, consuming them and paying less attention to imported goods.

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