Okowa congratulates NPDC and Seplat for their interventions in educational development
By Omon-Julius Onabu
Delta State Governor Dr Ifeanyi Okowa emphasized the need for well-meaning individuals and businesses to join government in the daunting task of tackling the plethora of challenges in the education sector of the country.
Okowa made the call during the grand finale and awards ceremony of the 2021 NPDC / Seplat Bead Competition for Delta and Edo State High Schools, held at Government House on Wednesday. , in Asaba.
The governor congratulated Selpat Energy Plc for this initiative which he says has helped for ten years not only to encourage students to take more interest in learning, but also to bridge the gap in infrastructure development in schools. through project-based cash prizes for schools that emerged as winners of the annual competition.
The first place winner of this year’s edition, Peniel Academy, Boji-Boji Owa in the South Ika Local Government Area of Delta State, took home the champion’s award of 7,000,000 N (seven million naira) as well as 100,000 N for each of the three students who took the quiz.
Pioneer Education Center, Benin-City, Edo State, came second in the competition and was awarded N 3,000,000 (three million naira) and students won N 75,000 each.
The Igbinedion Education Center, Benin-City, Edo State, which took third place, received a prize based on a project of N 1,000,000 (one million naira), with students receiving the sum of 50 000 N each. Students at Dayrence International School in Sapele, Delta State, received the consolation prize of N 10,000 each after placing fourth in the competition.
In addition, the 116 teachers or managers of the competing school quiz teams also returned home with nice rewards, including an Android phone each, while the teachers from the four winning schools of the 2021 competition each received a laptop.
Governor Okowa, who was represented at the event by the Delta State Commissioner for Secondary Education, Ms. Rose Ezewu, described as a welcome relief Seplat’s continued collaboration with the governments of the Delta States and d ‘Edo in the organization of completion, which includes Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English.
“There is no denying that the NPDC / SEPLAT Energy Plc joint venture has made a remarkable impression in the education sector in Delta and Edo States. This is a milestone that has left a lasting impression on the minds of our students, teachers and schools through interventions in education.
“I feel thrilled when I see companies collaborating with government to foster the development of education and, by extension, improve the quality of learning. Beyond the competitive atmosphere promoted by the SEPLAT Pearls Quiz competition, there is the multiplier effect through increased zeal on the part of our students in all subjects.
“It should be mentioned that the long-standing collaboration between SEPLAT and the governments of the Delta and Edo states has been fruitful and enriching. In this regard, we are gathered today to witness the emergence of the champion of the 10th edition of the Pearls Quiz competition. I would like to remind you that we owe the success of this collaboration to the enthusiasm of Seplat Energy Plc.
“While we appreciate the Society for sponsorship, can I call on other well-meaning business organizations to emulate the Seplat initiative as the Universal Basic Education (UBE) mantra says,“ education for all is the responsibility of all “.
He also congratulated the parents and “the teachers who prepared the students for this edition of the competition because the participants were exceptional in their fields of study”.
Previously, Seplat Plc’s director of external affairs and sustainability, Dr Chioma Nwachuku, who was represented by the company’s core director, Western Assets, Mr. Emmanuel Otokhine, said the initiative was a social responsibility. (CSR) driven by the need for all stakeholders to become actively involved in the development of the Nigerian education sector.