QUIZ AND ESSAY COMPETITIONS WILL BOOST EDUCATION IN RIVERINE AREAS – MULADE
March 14, 2019 (8 months ago) · Peace Building
QUIZ AND ESSAY COMPETITIONS WILL BOOST
EDUCATION IN RIVERINE AREAS – MULADE
…Kokodiagbene and Ogidigben emerges
winner in quiz and essay competition
…schools in riverine communities to
compete with urban schools soon – Comrade Sheriff
…We are proud of Sheriff Mulade –
Principal, Ogidigben Grammar School
An Environmental Activists and House of
Assembly hopeful, Comrade Sheriff Mulade, has said that the Peace and
Unity Quiz/Essay Competitions organised for secondary school students in riverine
communities today at Ogidigben, Warri South West Local Government Area of
Delta will help boost education in the area.
The competition in its second edition is in
two categories of quiz and essay for Junior Secondary and Senior Secondary 1 to
3 respectively, and had seven schools in Warri South West Local Government Area
participating in English Language, Mathematics, Religious Knowledge, Basic
Science and General Papers.
The schools are; Gbaraun Grammar School,
Oporoza; Okerenkoko Secondary School, Okerenkoko; Kokodiagbene Secondary
School, Kokodiagbene; Ogbe-Ijoh Secondary School, Ogbe-Ijoh; Ogidigben Grammar
School, Ogidigben; Naifo Island Secondary School, Sandfill II and St. Cletus
Secondary School, Sandfill II.
In the quiz category, Kokodiagbene
Secondary School emerged in the 1st position winning the N30,000 prize, while
Gbaraun Grammar school and St. Cletus Secondary School emerged in the 2nd and
3rd position, winning N20,000 and N10,000 prizes, respectively.
The essay competition saw Ogidigben Grammar
School, Naifo Island Secondary School and Ogbe-Ijoh Grammar School coming in
1st, 2nd and 3rd position prizes of N50,000, N30,000 and N20,000 respectively.
Speaking at the event, the sponsor of the
quiz and essay competition, Comrade Sheriff Mulade said his desire is to
encourage the youths in the riverine communities to have access to quality
education and to compete with other schools in the cities.
In his words, “The essence of this
programme is for me to encourage and inspire our students in the riverine
communities because most of us in these areas are victims of the lack of
education. You will agree with me that some years back, education was very far
“If all of us are educated, we won’t need
to struggle because there are some benefits around this area that we can tap
from. And that is why I decided to embark on this mission to encourage the
young ones to see that we can compete with others.
“This competitions are more organised
in the cities and not in the riverine areas. So, we want to organize this
competition in a way that we will be competing with people from outside. And
so, very soon, the best schools emerging from this competition will be
competing with other schools that are to be selected from across the
states,” he added.
He also called on the government to find
ways of motivating the teachers with enabling infrastructures like affordable
transport and accommodation emphasizing on the fact that quality education
would reduce conflicts in the region.
Speaking on behalf of the Honourable
Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chiebu Ebie,
ably represented by the Chief Inspector of Education in Warri South West,
Mrs. Okerie Christiana, while addressing students at the venue praised the
sponsor for the initiative as she admonished participants to tap into the
opportunities and to not see it as a do or die affair.
“Because education was far from the
people and because of his passion, the organiser of this event had to do
something and started it in his own domain. You do not know where this
competition would take you to. On that note I’m advising all students to put in
their best but to also know it is not a do or die affair.”
She also commended teachers for their
efforts despite the challenges facing schools in the riverine communities but
was quick to call for more seriousness on the teachers as performance,
especially in Mathematics was very poor.
Also speaking, the Principal of Ogidigben
Grammar School, Dr. Joseph Onojafe, urged others to emulate Comrade Sheriff in
the quiz and essay competition event he described as historic.
“If 5 percent of the people who are
privileged do this kind of thing in our local environment things would be
better. Our schools are disadvantaged and we have never had this kind of
competition before. So, we are proud of Comrade Sheriff and are happy as this
will motivate the students to study more.”
Present at the quiz and essay competition
are; Comr. Sheriff Mulade; Mrs Okerie Christiana, Chief Inspector of Education
(CIE), Warri South West; Mr. Ariwojo Eze, CIE, Ndokwa East; Mr. Lynniente
Ekiseowei, Deputy to CIE, Warri South West; Dr. Joseph Onojafe, Principal
of Ogidigben Grammar School; Mrs. Deinfegha Linda, Mr. Stephen Ohurhu.
Others are Akraka Cletus, National
Association of Proprietors of Private School, Warri South West Chapter; Comr.
Jonathan Jes Adiri, Vice Principal, Naifo Island Secondary School; Mr. Omatseye
Jonathan, Chairman of Ogidigben community youth body; Pastor Oreva Idudhe, Okezi
Egbabor, and a host of prominent guests.