By Ozumi Abdul
Three university students got various prizes as the winners of the Centre for Information Technology and Development’s (CITAD) ‘Report A Project’ for 2023 on Thursday in Kano.
The project aimed to encourage people in their various communities to monitor abandoned projects in their respective communities.
‘Report A Project’ which is supported by the MacArthur Foundation is an annual program that is geared towards monitoring abandoned projects in mostly local communities by CITAD in the quest of eradicating the scourge of corruption and promoting sustainable development in Nigeria.
Speaking at the presentation of the prizes to the winners, the CITAD’’s Program Officer, Ali Sabo noted that the annual competition was to encourage people to track and monitor abandoned projects by successive administrations in their communities.
Sabo added that no meaningful development can be achieved in any society if projects that are awarded and meant to bring succour to the people are abandoned halfway or totally.
The Program Officer while appreciating the efforts of this year’s winners of the prizes, he encouraged them to do more in their communities so that the scourge of abandoned projects will be reduced to the lowest minimum.
“It’s a way of encouraging people to put more effort into monitoring abandoned projects in their localities or societies.
“This is the 7th year of the award. This year’s edition went through rigorous evaluation by a panel of judges before these three winners emerged from the five people that submitted their reports.
“We appreciate you for your efforts and we expect you to continue doing more, as well as telling others to do so,” he submitted.
The winners of the prizes for 2023 are Aliyu Musa from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (ABU) who emerged 1st, Hauwa’u Abdullahi Isyaku from Kano University of Science and Technology (KUST) came 2nd, and Auwal Ibrahim Musa from Bayero University Kano emerged 3rd.
The winner of the first position, Aliyu Musa expressed his delight and thanked CITAD for giving him and the winners of other prizes the chance to participate in this year’s competition.
He promised to do more as well as encourage other students to start reporting abandoned projects in their various communities.