It was the closing ceremony of the Young Coders Application Development (YCAD) programme on Saturday, December 22 2018. The event which started three months ago had 50 students graduated and was only opened for girls between 11 and 16 years of age.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, FAS, said the programme was aimed at developing the girl-child in technology, noting that from next year, the YCAD programme would become the university’s Community Social Responsibility to neighbouring communities.

They presented their projects on web design and android applications at the graduation ceremony of the Young Coders Application Development (YCAD) programme, held in the school. He explained further that the University will monitor the development of the training, while he admonished parents to avail their children the opportunity to benefit from the programmme.

The programme Coordinator, Dr. Chika Yinka-Banjo, said the idea was birthed by Professor Ogundipe to mitigate gender inequality by empowering the girls’ right from the grassroots. She informed that the CSR initiative which is the first by any Nigerian University and has afforded tech-enthusiastic secondary school students first hand training. She added that a WhatsApp group would be created for easy monitoring and also to interface with the participants in learning after the programme.

Others dignitaries present at the event which held at the Faculty of Science Boardroom include, Dean of Science, Prof. A.A Adekunle, Ag. Director, Entrepreneurship and Skill Development Centre, Dr. Sunday Adebisi and Dr. Ademilua.