Five secondary school students from the northeast who dazzled in the NNPC Science Quiz Competition went home with a cash prize of N100,000 each.
The participants were selected from the six states making up the northeast subregion. The competition is part of NNPC’s contributions to developing STEM education in the country.
The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the NNPC, Deen Mohammed represented by Aliyu Abdullahi said the STEM project of the NNPC is meant to hatch competent manpower for Nigeria’s energy sector.
“Over the years the NNPC has made an intervention in the education and capacity development areas a fulcrum of its approach to Corporate Social Responsibility. It has become more important than ever to groom a pool of highly trained youth who would be available to take up key positions in the company and in the Nigerian energy sector in the years to come.
“It is for this reason that NNPC’s commitment to encouraging science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education (STEM education), which is the focus NNPC National Science Quiz Competition has become stronger than ever.
“We have in front of us today the best of the best. These students met their peers from all the 774 LGAs of Nigeria and battled it out to emerge at the top of their states.
“Today this 28 male and 9 female students will pass the final hurdle on the road to the NNPC Towers in our nation’s capital for the national finals and grand finale of the NNPC Quiz. I wish you all success and assure you that no matter what the results of today’s contest may be, you have done yourself and all who believe in you, proud by coming this far,” he said.
In his remarks, the Commissioner of Education, Aliyu Tilde, represented by the Director, Quality Assurance, Wulde Buba extolled NNPC for the initiative, while also promising cooperation on their part to groom the future leaders.