Ondo, Ogun Emerge Winners

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Ondo and Ogun States emerged first at the zonal final of the annual National Quiz Competition sponsored by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

The two states tied with 60 points each to beat others  in the zone at  the zonal final of the competition  which  took place on Friday at Christ Girls School, Ado-Ekiti.

Lagos and Ekiti States also tied with 50 points each, although  Lagos later beat Ekiti to third place when it answered a quick question from the quiz master.

Ekiti came fourth with 50 points, while Oyo and Osun took fifth and sixth positions with 45 and 40 points respectively.

The three states of  Ondo, Ogun and Lagos would  represent the zone at the national level of the competition.

Speaking after the competition, the Group General Manager, Public Affairs Division of  NNPC, Mr Ndu Nghamadu, said that the competition was designed mainly for students in the nation’s secondary schools.

According to him, the competition has  impacted positively on the intellectual attainment of young Nigerians.

He said that the competition had  also provided financial succour to successful contestants who are placed on bursary throughout their university education.

Nghamadu added that many of the winners of the competition had  won academic laurels in tertiary institutions.

Represented by Mr Gboyega Bello,  Nghamadu said that the 2017 edition was the 15th in the history of the competition.

He also said the corporation would  be providing a one-off educational grant of  N100, 000 each for all state winners of the competition, while a scholarship award of N300, 000 will be granted per session to the overall winner of the competition.

According to him, second  and third place winners will  receive a scholarship of N250, 000 and N200, 000 respectively per session for the duration of their tertiary education.

In his remarks, Ekiti Deputy Governor, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, said that government was ready to partner with any organisation investing in the education sector.

According to the deputy governor, the state government is  committed to enhancing the standard of science-based subjects.

The consultant  on the quiz competition, Mr Olutayo Sanni, said it  had  laid a  solid foundation for science development in Nigeria.

Sanni said  the quality of performance of the schools had improved  since the competition began.

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