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NUC to adopt UNODC Hackathon4Justice idea on crime prevention

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The stakeholders charge came at a roundtable on university-industry linkages organised by the National Universities Commission (NUC) in Abuja

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As part of efforts to curb crime, the National Universities Commission (NUC) has said it will adopt Hackathon4Justice programme initiated by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and some other partners.

Hackathon4justcie is having student participants leveraging technology to find solutions to rule of law challenges in the areas of corruption, integrity and ethics including crime prevention and criminal justice.

The representative of the Executive Secretary of NUC, Prof. Sagir Adamu Abbas, said this at the 2019 Hackathon challenge for students in 10 tertiary institutions in Nigeria who were to use their coding capabilities to come up with solutions to help uphold justice and promote rule of law.

Out of the 400 applicants across the country, 49 computer science undergraduates were invited from 10 universities with Team LFT, comprising the trio of Eyitayo Ogunbiyi, 400 level Computer Engineering; Chukwudumebi Onwuli, 300 level Computer Engineering and David Popoola 400 Level Systems Engineering software solution to unmask human traffickers, track, rescue, and rehabilitate victims, was adjudged most outstanding and winning team among the other nine presentations.

Excited by the innovative ideas pushed up by the students, Abbas said: “The fact that I am here to represent NUC means that the university system takes this to be very important.

We are looking forward to building the issues that were raised at this programme into the university system, by way of giving benchmark for minimum standard whereby youths will have ideas of how they can contribute to solving societal problems using technology. Private and public universities will be teaching this.”


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