…As Airtel, others congratulate winners of Aso Villa demo day
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday commended the Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of social networking website, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg for sharing his wealth of knowledge with Nigerian youths and inspiring a new generation of entrepreneurs.
Receiving the internet entrepreneur at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the president said the various meetings held with Nigerian youths since his arrival were most timely as the country was already exploring opportunities to spur development through entrepreneurship.
“Nigeria has always been identified as a country with great potentials for growth, especially with our youthful population, but now we are moving beyond the potentials to reality”, a statement by his special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina quoted President Buhari as saying.
Meanwhile, One of the leading telecommunications services provider in Nigeria, Airtel; 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 in the event.
The colourful prize presentation ceremony, which held at Aso Villa yesterday was attended by the Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Nigeria, Segun Ogunsanya, the Vice President, Zuckerberg and the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed.
Others are the minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu and Chief Executives drawn from different sectors across corporate Nigeria.
Congratulating the winners for their resilience and show of entrepreneurial zeal, Mr. Ogunsanya 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, Vice President Osinbajo congratulated all the participants, saying they are all “winners”.
While lauding the youths for their innovation, creativity, drive and entrepreneurial spirit, Osinbajo said there is so much hope in what the young generation can do, just as he also hinted that the federal government is currently exploring ways to cooperate with Facebook in the next few months.
Zuckerberg, in his remark, said it was 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, noting that Nigerian youths 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.