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DRIVEN & ABLE
THE CIVIC X
This is an initiative of the Civic Foundation for Innovation, which is supported
by tech giants, including Google Oracle. The program provides digital skills and
financial literacy training to children and women in under-served communities such
as Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps and areas affected by insurgencies in
In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic lockdown and closures of schools,
there has been a drastic rise in out-of-school children and in a bid to ensure unfettered access to the classroom the CivicX Northern Code Project was birthed. This
involves digitizing STEM education content, in the predominant local languages
and broadcasting the content via free-to-air national and local TV stations currently across five northern states – Kano, Adamawa, Borno, Nasarawa, and Kaduna.
“So far, the results have been amazing with thousands of participants,” says
Mosope Olaosebikan, Civic Innovation Lab.
RESPIRE-19 – THE
20-year-old Usman Dalhatu, a mechanical engineering student at the
Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria, with his partners Dr Yunusa Muhammad
Garba of the Human Anatomy department at Gombe University and Aliyu
Hassan a mechatronics engineer, have invented a portable E-vent automatic
ventilator as their effort in the country’s fight against COVID-19.
Plax is an end-to-end technology platform that enables the delivery
of value to target beneficiaries. It’s objective is to aggregate and cascade valuable offerings to user beneficiaries, while ensuring transparency and accountability. The current users of the platform include the
government, agencies, banks and NGOs.
During this pandemic, PlaX has facilitated the delivery of funds to
thousands of beneficiaries of COVID-19 supported programs, and also
palliatives to households.
The platform serves as a bridge creating easy access to the targeted
beneficiaries. To date, support has gone to more 4million beneficiaries.
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