Innovators Develop Technology To Uncover Fraud In Nigerian Government’s School Feeding Programme

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC, has presented three demo hacking solutions as a digital answer to corruption in the Nigerian government’s school feeding programme.

The hacking solutions were chosen out of the seven presented by innovators during the commission’s Illicit Financial Flows Hackathon’s initiative.

The Hackathon was organised in conjunction with the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) with support of the Ford Foundation, West Africa, on Friday in Abuja.

The ICPC chair, Prof Bolaji Owasanoye, said at the unveiling that the use of technology was crucial to the success of the fight against corruption and Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs).

“We all listened to the solutions provided by these young innovators. The demo hacking solutions will be interrogated further, fine-tuned and a demo will be developed and followed by a test run,” Owasanoye said.

“Appropriate technology deployment will give law enforcement agencies, administrators and regulators of the process adequate leverage to know what school feeding funds were being used for.

Owasanoye assured that the anti-corruption agency, NITDA and Ford Foundation would further work on the demo hacking solutions presented by the young innovators.

In his remarks, the Director General of NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa, said the innovative ideas would assist in the realisation of the objectives of the digital transformation agenda of the government.

The Regional Director, Ford Foundation, West Africa, Dr Chichi Aniagolu said they were excited about the Hackathon idea because of its importance to the fight against corruption in the country.

She commended the ICPC for initiating the project, saying it would boost the fight against corruption.

The young innovators had been tasked to come up with clearly defined ideas and prototype solutions to checkmate IFFs with emphasis on leveraging emerging technologies.

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