Committed to fulfilling its social responsibility to the nation; Zain Nigeria, one of the leading telecommunications companies has restated its stands for supporting Nigerian universities to perform their key role as purveyor of knowledge, innovation, development and change to meeting up the world’s educational challenges.
This would be achieved through igniting the desire for learning and rewarding academic brilliance through its popular academic programme, Zain Africa Challenge.
In a statement made available to The Tide, the Public Relations Manager, Zain Nigeria, Mr. Emmanuel Otokhine said the company would continue to provide exciting platforms for students of the nation’s universities, adding that the Zain quiz show was designed to stimulate and reward academic excellence among youths in the universities.
Otokhine who revealed that the country had just concluded its prize presentation ceremony held in honour of the representative of the International Festival of the on-going Zain Africa Challenge, the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), maintained that Nigerian universities had so far been competing favourably with the rest of the world through its modern positive abilities in educational performance.
Otokhine commended the University for qualifying for the International Festival of Zain two years in a roll and branded it as worthy ambassadors of the country at the championship held in Kampala, Uganda.
The mobile telecom operator Public Relations Manager revealed that the university team was comprised of four team players, a coach and a liaison adding that they were presented with cash prizes as reward for their participation in the festival and emerging as one of the country’s representatives in the keenly contested Zain Africa Challenge National Qualifier Tournament.
Otokhine further stated that the team comprised of Julius Arop, a fourth year student of Civil Engineering, Odigwe Michael, a final year student of Medicine and Surgery, Samuel Ugochukwu, a 200 level student of Education and Political Science, Macdonald, a second year student of Economics, Professor Marie-Stella Nzeni (Team Coach) and Celine Ngozi Nnebedum (Team Liaison ).
In addition to receiving cash prize (institutional grants), the university was also presented with a Zain Africa Challenge trophy.