The Cross River University of Technology, (CRUTECH), has won N10 million from the maiden edition of Nigerian Content Science and Technology Innovation Challenge(STIC), after emerging winners.
The competition was sponsored by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), to encourage research innovations among students in Nigerian universities.
Participants at the competition were picked from entries from over 170 public and private institutions across the country.
Miss Victoria Effiong and Paul Agbor, who represented CRUTECH represented with the team name, DC Solar Element Stove, produced a Solar Element Stove to be used for renewable and cheaper alternative cooking.
The CRUTECH team who were listed among the six finalists were able to successfully defend their product before the panel of judges during the final exhibition at the Nigerian Content Tower, the headquarters of the NCDMB in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.
Team CRUTECH at the grand finale beat University of Jos represented by Team Questers, University of Agriculture, Makurdi, represented by Team Ted, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Tai Solarin University of Education represented by team Incandescent and Anchor University Lagos represented by team AUL-Physics
Team Quester of the University of Jos, came second with a Hydroponic system of growing food indoors without soil and went home with N4 million while Team Ted of the Federal University, Makurdi came third with a noiseless, fuel-less electric generator to provide alternate power source, and went home with N1.5 million.
Speaking at the event, the Executive Secretary of the NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote, explained that the STIC was initiated to fill the gap in Nigeria research and development, innovation, invention, and local manufacturing.
He commended NCDMB’s partner, Enactus Nigeria for the brilliant show of investing in students to create entrepreneurs and value-driven social innovators across 1,730 campuses in 36 countries all over the world.
He said: “The STIC is a strategic enterprise development programme designed to challenge undergraduates of all accredited Nigerian tertiary institutions to stretch their ingenuity, and apply science & technology to create home-grown, innovative, technology-driven, and smart/digitalized solutions that address critical problems facing our society, economy, and country at large.”