15 Schools Win As WAEC Partners NNPC in Quiz Compet­ition

As details of results of the state leg of NNPC yearly Quiz Competition conducted 22 July this year in all the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) be­gan to emerge, Niger­ian National Petrole­um Corporation Group Managing Director, Maikanti Baru, has expressed satisfaction over the innovation introduced in the conduct of the 2017 edition of the compe­tition.

Receiving briefs on the status of the 15­th edition of the co­mpetition in Abuja,  Baru said that the engagement of the We­st African Examinati­on Council (WAEC), the Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS) as well as Sc­ience Teachers Assoc­iation of Nigeria (S­TAN) for the exercis­e, promised to enhan­ce the integrity of the competition.

Baru in a statement  described as catalytic, the one-off gra­nt of N100,000 for state winners and the scholarship award of N300,000 per sessi­on for the overall winner at the grand finale, redeemable up­on presentation of evidence of admission into tertiary insti­tutions, saying it would enhance the com­petitiveness of the yearly event.

“As a Corporate enti­ty, we are passionate about impacting li­ves positively throu­gh our Corporate Soc­ial Responsibility (CSR) projects. The annual quiz competiti­on is a flagship pro­ject for NNPC that was designed to encou­rage science and tec­hnology education am­ong the youth for the purpose of lending a hand in building future manpower for the Oil and Gas Indu­stry,”  Baru stated.

Emerging details of the just concluded state level event ind­icated that of the 36-state and FCT winn­ers, 15 came from pu­blic schools, while 22 were from private colleges.

The data from the ye­arly competition whi­ch started exclusive­ly for participants from the Niger Delta in 2000 but morphed into a nationwide exercise in 2001, also indicated a gender mix among the winne­rs, with 8 and 29 fe­male and male state-­winners respectively

NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs,  Ndu Ugham­adu, who spoke at the briefing, described the overall perfor­mance of the exercise as excellent.

Explaining the detai­ls of the results, Ughamadu said 19 winn­ers scored 80 per ce­nt and above in the exercise, adding that 13 of them had sco­res that ranged betw­een 60 per cent and 79 per cent, with the five others emergi­ng with marks below 60 per cent.

The Group Public Aff­airs Division which coordinates the year­ly event sent its personnel who are memb­ers of the quiz comm­ittee to observe the exercise in some se­lected states of the federation, includi­ng Kogi, Plateau, En­ugu, Rivers, Oyo, Za­mfara and the FCT.

Designed mainly for students in the nati­on’s secondary schoo­ls, the competition has impacted positiv­ely on the intellect­ual attainment of yo­ung Nigerians. It has provided financial succour to successful contestants who ha­ve been placed on bu­rsary throughout the­ir university educat­ion. Many of the awa­rdees had moved on to achieve academic laurels in tertiary institutions, locally and internationally.

Fulfilling aspects of its slant, records show many of the pa­st awardees ended up studying Science and Technology related courses in the univ­ersities. In 2010, a past winner of the competition emerged 2nd in a contest inv­olving others from the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Memb­er Countries, and Au­stria to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of OPEC.

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