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Alema Sec. School shines at Sheriff Mulade Quiz & Essay competition with star prize of N100,000,00

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Amb. Comrade Sheriff Mulade, the organizer of the Quiz and Essay Competition, other officials and the Alema Secondary School from Warri Norh LGA, the winners at the 4th edition of the competition

By Esther Eugene, Warri

Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State on Thursday came first again as Alema Secondary School emerged the winner of the 4th Edition of the Comrade Sheriff Mulade Quiz&Essay Competition held in Warri.

Students of Alema Secondary School defeated their counterparts in Egbokodo and Okenrenkoko Secondary Schools in the Essay Competitions.
They students of Alema Secondary School went home with a cheque of one hundred thousand naira.

The other two schools who cling the 2nd&3rd positions are in Warri South and Warri South-West Local Government Areas, equally went home with seventy thousand(N70,000) and fifty thousand(N50,000) naira respectively.
For the quiz competition, Eke Lucky of Egbokodo Secondary School performed excellently well as he emerged the winner.
Esedo David of Alema Model College and Emiator Peace took the 2nd&3rd positions respectively.
Earlier in an address, the National Coordinator for Centre for Peace&Environmental Justice, CEPEJ, Comrade Sheriff Mulade said the annual competition is aimed at bridging the gap between the Riverine/Rural Schools and their urban counterparts so that the coastal schools can have a full taste of what they have been denied over time in terms of academic competition and exposure.

He said,”We are using this opportunity to promote and sustain the existing peace among the ethnic nationalities in the communities within the three (3) Warri LGAs, particularly the Ijaws, Itsekiri’s and the Urhobo people.”

Mulade noted that one of the primary aims of Center for Peace and Environmental Justice,CEPEJ is to promote education awareness in the Riverine/Rural Communities, and to assist the less privilege but highly intelligent students to pursue their education and career in life through scholarship support.

According to Mulade,”Center for Peace and Environmental Justice – CEPEJ is using this medium to appeal and charge His Excellency, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, the Executive Governor of Delta State, all Governors in the South-South Region and Nigeria in general to pay more attention to their State’s Education Sectors.

“The Multinational oil companies operating within the area should channel more of their Corporate Social responsibility functions to Education Development that will help to eradicate illiteracy and reduce civil unrest in their operational areas in line with Goal 4 of the SDGs.

“You will recall that just last week the Islamic Council of Nigeria and the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Mohammadu Buhari, met at the Presidential villa to address the Nation’s level of education. Part of their deliberations was on the prevalence of Out of School Children in the North, which is a fertile ground for the recruitment of insurgents.

“While the South may have done pretty well in Child education, there are still Out of School Children in this part of the Country.

“I sincerely want to charge all of us present, that we must do everything possible to sustain our children’s education; they should always access education, because this will assist greatly in reducing the numerous vices we are grappling with in the society.

“The importance of Education in the advancement of a Nation cannot be over emphasized.

“The truth is that, “Education is the back-bone and the live-wire of any country and its economy, Education is the bedrock of civilization” It is often said “If you show to me any Nation that is backward in development, I will show to you a Nation that has less interest in the educational advancement of the people.”

Mulade further said,”If Nigeria the most populous black race in the world, hope to meet-up with high technological advancement as seen in other civilized Countries like the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Canada, then the Country must take education seriously.

“I must tell you this, that “Any Nation that refuses to develop has sold its future to educational failure”

“It is my hoped that, as we continue with this effort of sensitizing, promoting and creating awareness of the importance of education, through very competitive activities, other well-meaning Nigerians will join in this great desire to add value in the advancement of the youths through various knowledge based competitive activities that will stimulate learning.

“I want to express my sincere appreciation to the Chief Inspectors of Education of Warri North, Warri South and Warri South-West LGAs and their staff for their commitment and encouragement towards making the programme a reality and a success.

“I equally appreciate the facilitators and the panel for their roles in spite of their tight schedules.

“Finally, I thank all the participating schools in this 2020 competition, all the Principals of the various schools and their staff as well as the host, for their support. I pray God Almighty to guide and protect our children all through their educational pursuits. I wish you all a great time. May God grant you all safe journey back to your respective destination as we look forward to the next edition of this great quiz and essay competition!
God bless you.”

The Delta State Commissioner for Basic&Secondary Education, Mr. Patrick Ukah who was represented by a Chief Inspector of Education, CIE in Warri South Local Government Area, Mr. Onyeneme Solomon commended Comrade Sheriff Mulade for his efforts in initiating the competition.

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