Students of Green Park Academy on Friday won the star prize of N10 million in the 11th edition of Edo, Delta 2022 Seplat Pearl Quiz competition held in Benin.
The Tide’s source reports that Green Park Academy, Benin, scored 89 points to defeat Deeper Life High School, Warri, Delta State, which scored 48 points.
The Chief Operating Officer, Seplat, Mr Samson Ezugworie, congratulated students from the over 682 schools who took part in the test, out which 130 progressed to the next stage
Ezugworie said that the Seplat Pearl quiz had come a long way, and had impacted more than 50,000 students from Edo and Delta States.
“Today, the first position will get a project support of N10 million and the three participating students will get a scholarship fund of N100,000 each.
“The second position will get a project support of N5 million and the three participating students will get a scholarship fund of N75,000 each.
“The third position will also get a project support of N3 million and the three participating students will get a scholarship fund of N50,000 each.
“Through this programme on an annual basis, we have continued to engender and drive human capital and structural development across the winning schools.
“Seplat energy has continued to drive excellence and healthy competition among all the schools in Edo and Delta,” he said.
Also speaking, the Director of External Affairs and Sustainability of Seplat Energy, Dr Chioma Nwachuku, said the firm was committed to rekindling academic excellence and healthy competition among schools.
Represented by the Base Manager of Seplat, Western Assets, Mr Emmanuel Otokhine, Nwachuku said Seplat had taken it as a task to help improve academic outcome in Edo and Delta States.
“We want to create a platform for students from different backgrounds to climb to greater heights while also encouraging the spirit of team work and competitiveness.
“We at Seplat have sustainable values, education is number four on the list, where we ensure inclusiveness and equitable education for all public and private schools,” Nwachuku said.
Earlier, the Managing Director, Western Assets, Ayotunde Olatunde, said the quiz competition was a way to build future leaders of Nigeria.
“As today’s leaders, we have a principal job to create that enabling environment for our students to grow,” he said.
The Managing Director of NNPC Exploration and Production Limited (NEPL), Ali Zarah, thanked everyone for contributing to the success of the Pearl quiz.
Represented by the Manager, Community Relations, Mr Noble Imabibo, Zarah said the programme seeks to stimulate healthy competition among students and reward outstanding performance.
According to him, we pledge our support to ensure that this programme continues to reward the winners as an engagement that education is indeed the key to societal development.
Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, who was also represented by the State Permanent Secretary, Augustine Oghoro, commended Seplat and NEPL for the initiative.
The Edo Commissioner for Education, Joan Oviawe, also commended the companies for the initiative, and urged them to sustain the programme.
Oba Counsels CP On Defense Of Nigerians’ Rights
The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, has charged the newly deployed Commissioner of Police (CP) to Edo State, Mr Mohammed Dankwara, to defend the rights of Nigerian citizens in the State.
Oba Ewuare II gave the advice when he received CP Dankwara and other senior police officers in the Command in his palace in Benin ahead of World Human Rights Day Celebrations.
The traditional ruler promised to work closely with the CP in looking after the welfare of police personnel in security and thereafter prayed for the personnel in the state and Nigeria.
“We also pray that you do your best to ensure that policing Edo State is fair, taking into consideration fairness, equity, and justice. I will like a close working relationship with you from time to time.
“It is a credit to all of us. It goes to show that we have been looking after the police in Edo State very well. You have our support. We will do our best to ensure that your stay here is peaceful, useful, and impressive. As you know, we have you in our prayers”, the Oba stated.
Earlier, Dankwara paid tribute to the great Benin throne and solicited prayers to succeed in his assignment of fighting crimes and criminality.
“I know the importance of Royalty. I am here (Edo State) to do what is right. Even the Inspector-General of Police, who deemed it necessary and brought me to Edo State, knows why he brought me here”, Dankwara said.
Gunmen Abduct Four, Injure One In C’River
A former Accountant General of Cross River, Mrs Rose Bassey, was abducted on Tuesday along with three others at Uyanga axis of the Calabar-Ogoja highway.
They were abducted by gunmen who laid siege on that axis of the busy highway by shooting at the traveling motorists to force them to stop.
The Tide source reports that a popular evangelist in the state, Edim Edim Omin, was also shot during the process.
The evangelist, who escaped with bullet wounds, is said to be receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in the state.
The incident is coming barely 24 hours after the State Police Command said it has deployed tactical team, including Anti-Cultism and Kidnapping Squads, to that axis of the highway to safeguard motorists and commuters plying the highway.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson of the State Police Command, SP Irene Ugbo, confirmed the incident, saying the Command “is working to see that the four abducted persons are released unharmed”.
She reiterated that the Command is working to see that normalcy returns to that axis of the highway.
“It is a sad reality for us and as I speak with you, the Commissioner of Police is heading to that axis to assess the situation of things himself,” she stated.
It would be recalled that the Uyanga-Ikomita axis of the Calabar-Ogoja highway has become notorious for kidnappers in the past two months.
About 20 persons, including two medical doctors in the state, have been abducted at that axis of the highway.
The abduction of the medical doctors led to industrial action by the state chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) that demanded for their release unhurt.
Ex-Agitators Remorseful Over Protest, Tender Apology
The Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Major-General Barry Tariye Ndiomu, has cautioned the ex-agitators who were at the National Assembly to protest for their unconscionable conduct.
According to him, such actions will only discourage and retard the wheel of progress.
Gen Ndiomu gave the leadership of the ex-agitators the piece of his mind when he met with them at the conference room of PAP shortly after the protest.
He explained that he is making a deliberate effort to ensure that the ex-agitators live a more fruitful and purposeful life through robust investment opportunities.
“It is sad”, he said, “that the ex-agitators prefer to depend on a monthly handout”.
He, therefore, advised them to be patient, saying that efforts are being made to address their grievances.
He added that he was working assiduously to effect a more sustainable mode of income generation for them in the long term.
Meanwhile, Mr Aso Tambou, one of the leaders of the phase two ex-agitators group who also participated in the protest, apologised profusely for their misconduct, attributing their action to the misinformation peddled by some of their colleagues.
Tambou noted that they never knew that the Interim Administrator has laudable plans in the pipeline to uplift their standard of living in the long term, noting that there is a communication gap between the PAP and the ex-agitators that needed to be bridged.
This, he noted, was largely responsible for their action, promising on behalf of the protesting ex-agitators to show more understanding and care in their actions going forward.
The Tide learnt that others who spoke also apologised to the Interim Administrator for their ineffectual act of indiscretion, declaring that they will pass on the good news to their followers and associates in the creeks.
By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa
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