Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa’i, who decorated the winners with their medals, congratulated them and the organizers saying she would like to see every university offering Computer Science or related courses embracing the contest in subsequent editions.
Director-General of NMC, Prof. Sam Ale, explained that the Association of Computing Machinery Internal Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC) is an annual multi-tiered computer programming competition, which began in 1970 at the Texas A & M University for teams from the United States and Canada.
It has since grown to become a worldwide event, sponsored by IBM and has its headquarters at Baylor University with autonomous regions on six continents.
He appealed for more financial support from government and the private sector to keep the competition going on a request that was granted by the minister
Vice Chancellor of the Bells, Prof. Isaac Adebayo Adeyemi expressed satisfaction that his institution has been among the top three in the country in the last four years. It came third in 2008 and second in 2009. The two teams it presented last year also came first and second.
“This is an indication of the quality of teaching and materials available to our students, the discipline and dedication of students and their ability to deliver because this goes beyond their class work. While congratulating contestants in this year’s event, Adebayo expressed sadness that no Nigerian team has qualified for the finals of the world event. It is also a testimony that the decision to have private universities is a good one”, the Vice-Chancellor said.