From MATTHEW OCHEI (Asaba)

A student of the Federal Government College, Warri, Delta State, Isioma Nelson Ifeanyichukwu, has emerged winner of the highly intellectual grand finale of the sixteenth edition of the 2017 Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), National Quiz Completion.

The sixteenth edition of the 2017 NNPC quiz competition, which began few months back from the grass root stage of about 774 local government areas of the county, witnessed 18 students from six geopolitical zones, contested at the grade final on Tuesday at the NNPC corporate headquarters in Abuja.

The finale of the quiz witnessed an array of brilliant minds in the field of mathematics, chemistry and NNPC general k knowledge.

In his opening remark, Group Managing Director, NNPC, Dr. Malikanti Baru, said the corporation will be providing a one-off educational grant of N100, 000 each for all state winners of the competition to help defray the costs of their tertiary education.

According to him, the overall winner of the competition will get a scholarship award of N300, 000 grants per session throughout the duration of its tertiary education, while 2dn and 3rd will receive a scholarship award of N250, 000 and N200, 000 respectively per session for the duration of their tertiary education.

Baru, added that the NNPC decided to make promotion of science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education a key element of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy, “interestingly, it is a reason why we established the NNPC National Quiz Competition with its focus on these branches of knowledge.

“The 2017 edition is the sixteenth in the competitions history. The first edition in 2000 was limited to the Niger Delta. However, in recognition of the strategic importance of the Quiz to our CSR goals, the competition was taken nationwide in 2001.

“We are proud to say that even areas of the North –East that have been affected by the insurgency are not left out of the competition.

Baru, stated that in ensuring that best standards are maintained for the competition, NNPC had a partnership with West Africa Examination Council (WAEC); the Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS) as well as the Science Teachers Association of Nigeria (STAN).

Minister of state for petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikw, stated that it is a tough competition to go through 774 local governments in the 36 state and come out with bright individuals.

He further encouraged the students to congratulate themselves saying it’s a call to action.

“When I was young one of the things that we enjoy was competition for layers, representing Nigeria and University of Nsuka, at this time it wasn’t about the money it was the glory of the institution.

In his advice to the student, Kachikwu said, “apart from getting money for your education, it also brings you to a limelight that opens doors and corridors.

Meanwhile, Speaker of House of Representative Honourable Yakubu Dogara, who was represented by Honourable Joseph Akinlaja Chairman House of Representative Committee on Petroleum Resources Downstream, commended the corporation for making the educational competition as key to its corporate social responsibility this are leaders of tomorrow seating down here.

“By the Grace of God we do not expect less from a corporation that is managing two engineers that came out in their time with first class both home and abroad and that his Ibe Kachikwu and Malikanti Baru.

Dogara, however, congratulated the corporation for the continuity of the competition since the past 17 years that has produced first class engineers. “In this country we have sure success in graduate first class in humanity but in technology we need a lot to do.

Dogara, emphasizes the importance of engineering graduate in the country, “it is easy for an engineer to become an administrator but it is not possible for someone in humanity to do the work of an engineer. So these engineering base students are very important to the life and development of our country.

He charged the student to become a good ambassador of their various institutions and Nigeria at large.



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