By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
A 14-yr old, Akpeti Trust, a final year senior secondary school student of Delta Careers College, Ugboroke. has won the 2019 Awokoya Memorial Chemistry Competition/award
Akpeti won the competition organized by oil giants, Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) in science subjects on Saturday at the PTI Conference Centre Effurun Delta State.
During the ceremony, Chevron Nigeria Limited reaffirmed its commitment to improving the quality of education in the Niger Delta region and Nigeria in general. Chevron also emphasizes continue commitment to quality education.
The Chairman/Managing Director of Chevron Nigeria Limited, (CNL), Mr. Jeffrey Ewing, Represented by the Warri Area Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs, (CNL), Engr. Sam Daibo, stated this while speaking during the 2019 Awokoya Memorial Chemistry Competition/award ceremony.
Ewing said, ”the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation/Chevron Joint Venture has through the annual contest, paved the way for students to excel in sciences.
He pointed out the essence of education to societal growth and development when he said, “Our findings reveal that all the past awardees proceeded to further their studies in science-related disciplines at the University both locally and internationally and they are excelling in their academics.
“Over the years, the NNPC/CNL JV has shown commitment to supporting quality education through investments in education infrastructure, sponsorship of manpower development programmes and provision of scholarships.
”We are committed to improving the quality of education in Nigeria because education is important for the development of the country.
“Our corporate belief is that education remains a veritable tool for personal and societal growth and sustainable development. We are also pleased that our contributions to education are helping to improve the ability of Nigeria to develop quality manpower in different fields including, but not limited to, the oil and gas industry,” Ewing stated.
The Awokaya Chemistry Competition was initiated by the NNPC/CNL joint venture, in partnership with the Chemical Society of Nigeria, Delta Chapter and the Delta State Ministry of Education, to promote the study of the subject among secondary schools students across the state.
The chairman of the occasion and president of CSN, Prof. Sunday Okeniyi. Represented by CSN Fellows Committee chairman, Prince Jay Oghifo, during his remarks, said that, ”the competition is a form of welfare that “serves as a propeller” for the study of Chemistry.
“involving our children early in life is a healthy innovation, active participation keep children moving and is good for their self esteem. Every lesson learnt during the competition are lessons for life”.
Mr. John Odili, Professor of Educational Management and Evaluation, when Presenting a lecture said that, ”science subjects, especially Chemistry, teachers to mind the complexity of the English Language in the course of delivering their duties.
He said: “when we teach students Chemistry, efforts should be made to simplify our use of the language.”
Dr. (Mrs.) Tina Isichei, chairman CSN in Delta state, On her part she said, ”l condemned the current downplay of education among youths, l charged the students here not to be “deceived,” as education creates and adds value to the society.
”Am Challenging the students to strive for excellence, because with the internet, knowledge is no longer far-fetched, thus: “we cannot continue to rely on the West to help us solve our problems as a nation and as a continent.
“We must use education to provide custom, made solutions to the myraids of challenges facing us as a nation and a continent.
“Some may say ‘I do not need a certificate to earn a living, I am going to be an entrepreneur.’ Entrepreneurship is not just about buying and selling, it’s about creating value and solving problems, an educated entrepreneur will always have an advantage over one that is not.”
The first prize winner of this year’s competition is 14-year old Akpeti Trust, a final year senior secondary school student of Delta Careers College, Ugboroke.
Other winners include Ifeanyi Dumkelechi of Peniel Academy, Agbor, second prize winner and Oboh Victory of Lord’s and King’s Academy, Warri, clinched the third prize.
The state Commissioner for Basic/Secondary Education, Mr. Patrick Ukah, was represented by the Director of Science Education, Sunday Egomagwuna at the ceremony.