Lagos, Ogun and Osun States have won the Zonal Finals of the 2018 Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) National Science Quiz competition at the weekend.
The 16th edition of the competition, according to the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, who was represented by Mrs. Iyabode Ayobami-Ojo, was organised for various secondary schools and their industrious students who battled it out with their peers at the state levels and have emerged as worthy champions, representing their states at the just concluded zonal contest.
At the end of the contest, students from Lagos, Ogun, Osun; Ezenhala Ekene Franklin of the Meiran Community High School, Lagos; Igban Emmanuel of The Ambassadors College, Ota and Owoseni Oreoluwa Olanlesi of the Destiny International College, Osogbo respectively came tops with 55points each to defeat students from Oyo, Ekiti and Ondo states who came 4th, 4th and 6th respectively with 50, 50 and 40points in subjects as Biology, Chemistry, English language, Mathematics and physics.
The NNPC Ughamadu stated that the Corporation was well known for its interventions “in many aspects of our daily lives in the quest to touch lives in many positive ways as is captured in the Corporation’s pay off line.”
He continued: “Our Corporate Social Responsibility activities cover projects in health, infrastructure, power generation, agriculture, sports and the arts. However, the Corporation’s intervention in the educational sector is its most important CSR activity and the NNPC National Science Quiz Competition that we are all gathered for is the flagship CSR initiative of the Corporation.
“This is because NNPC understands the value of education in the growth and development of any society. Furthermore, science, technology, engineering and mathematics education (STEM education), which is what the NNPC National Science Quiz Competition encourages, plays a key role in sustaining our economy by providing us with tools to understand the world around us and innovations to solve everyday problems.
“Science is everywhere in the world around us. Technology is continuously expanding into every aspect of our lives, both the mundane and then complex. Without engineering there would be no houses to shelter us, no roads or bridges and certainly no cars. And mathematics is the very foundation of them all,” he added.
The NNPC National Science Quiz Competition was introduced in the year 2000 when it was held only for students in the Niger Delta. It was transformed into a nationwide exercise in 2001 and from the last edition in 2017; its reach has spread to the 774 Local Government Areas of the federation.
The Commissioner for Education in Oyo, Prof Adeniyi Olowofela lauded the NNPC for its interventions in the educational sector, just as he hinted that the state governments was daily improving the quality of teachings and infrastructural facilities across the public schools in Oyo to the tune of about N4billion in recent times.