*We want to use this medium to promote education in rural communities- Mulade
By Cletus Opukeme,Editor
An eleven years old girl, Success Dariye has won a keenly contested star prize quiz competition organized by the center for peace and environmental justice (CPEJ) Wednesday at Hussey College Warri,in Warri South West LGA of Delta state.
She also won the CPEJ annual University scholarship award of N20,000.00 from her secondary school JSS 11 till university graduation as the elated director Comrade Sheriff Mulade declared at the prize giving moment.
The competition comprises all the Warri South West junior and secondary schools . Questions were picked from both essay writing and quiz across all the subjects in junior and senior secondary school current syllabus.
Tsekelewu secondary school emerged winner of the best prize with N100,000,00 cash gift, Gbarain and Kokodiagbene emerged second and third with N70,000,00 and N50,000,00 respectively, While others got a consolation prizes of mathematics sets, notebooks and school bags.
Little Success Dariye, a JSS 11 student emerged the star prize winner of N100,000.00 representing Tsekelewu secondary school in quiz contest while Ojiko Ebiye emerged also the best in the essay competition with a cash prize of N50,000.00 from St. Cletus secondary school in Naco Island in Warri Souh West Lga of Delta state.
In his brief address, the CPEJ boss, comrade Sheriff Mulade thanked the various school principals, Delta state government and the students as well as various community leaders who find time to attend the 2019 CPEJ schools competition.
He said , ‘‘We want to use this opportunity to promote and sustain the existing peace among the ethnic nationalities in the communities within the three Warri LGAs, particularly Ijaw and Itsekiri people. The primary aim of the Center for Peace and Environmental Justice is to promote educational awareness in the riverine rural communities, and to assist the less privileged but highly intelligent students to pursue their education and career in life through scholarship support.
‘‘The Center uses this medium to appeal to and charge the Delta State Government to pay more attention to the State’s educational sector, while multinational oil companies operating within the area should channel more of their Corporate Social Responsibility functions to educational development that will help to eradicate illiteracy and reduce civil unrest in their operational areas in line with Goal 4 of the SDGs’’ he said.
He also congratulated winners and all the participants for the essay/quiz completion in 2019. He pledged his NGO educational support for the star prize winner little Success’s parents with N20,000,00 annually throughout her secondary/tertiary education.
Mulade said the importance of Education in the advancement of a nation cannot be over emphasized. Saying that education is the back bone and the live wire of any economy.
‘Education is the bedrock of civilization. “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.”
Continuing ‘‘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.
‘‘The idea that our Children must be good educationally has been my goal. While for the government, may I appeal that we constantly work to improve the standard of education in the country as it will help to advance our children and make them different from what I witnessed in my disadvantageous past.’’ He said
The C.I.E in Warri South West LGA Dr. Christy Okorie in her vote of thanks expressed gratitude to the members and coordinator of CPEJ, comrade Mulade Sheriff for contributing meaningfully towards riverine rural education in the state. She said the action of the NGO would spur children educational activities in the riverine area.
The Don urged others to emulate the good gestures of comrade Sheriff Mulade to support government to contribute towards progress of education in the country.