Master Caleb Madu of Grundtvig International School, Oba, Anambra, on Wednesday, won the South-East zonal finals of the 2022 NNPC National Science Quiz Competition.
Madu, 16-year-old SS2 student, told newsmen shortly after the competition in Enugu, that he was working hard to become a Petroleum Engineer in the near future
He assured South-East people that he and his colleagues would make the zone proud at the national finals
“I am going back to school to put in more serious study and hard work ahead of the national finals in Abuja,” he assured.
In the competition proper, Madu from Anambra scored 55 points, followed by Master Ebenezer Obinna representing Imo with 45 points and Master Gracia Chima, representing Ebonyi with 40 points.
Others are: Miss Nneoma Odo representing Enugu State got 35 and Master Chukwuka Ugwumba, representing Abia got 10 points.
The students were tested in five core science subjects that included: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English language.
The representatives of the first three states – Anambra, Imo and Ebonyi – would proceed to the national finals in NNPC Towers in Abuja to represent the South-East zone.
Earlier, Mr Garba Muhammad, Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the NNPC Ltd, said that over the years, NNPC had made intervention in the education and capacity development areas, a fulcrum of its approach to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
Muhammad, represented by Mrs Doris Ozoemena-Ohia, Manager, Community Impact Investment, noted that it had become imperative to groom a pool of highly trained youths who would be available to take up key positions in the company and in the Nigerian energy sector.
He explained that the first stage of the competition covered the 774 local government areas of the country; after competitions at the council area level, we moved to the state and now we are having the finals among five South-East states.
The Group General Manager said that with the signing of the Petroleum Industry Act in 2021, by President Muhammadu Buhari, further impetus had been given to the NNPC to increase its positive impact in the lives of Nigerians.
Speaking, Enugu State Commissioner for Education, Prof. Uchenna Eze, lauded NNPC for promoting education especially science education and assisting science sound students and schools to further uplift the standard of science education in the country.
Eze, who was represented by Mr Margaret Ayogu, Director of Science Education in the state, urged science lecturers to take advantage of NNPC annual quiz competition to better the lot of their students and help them secure NNPC scholarships.
Daily News Reporters