NCDMB’s Best Essay Writer Wins N1 Million, Others Smile at Home with Money and Laptops
November 25 (THEWILL) – The winner of the 5th Annual Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) Undergraduate Essay Competition, Enomfon Akpan, a 200-level student from Uyo University, in the Akwa Ibom State, received a star award of N1million with a new brown laptop.
The topic of the 2021 edition of the competition was “Ten Years of Implementing Local Content in Nigeria: Success, Challenges and the Imperative to Grow Beyond Oil and Gas”.
In a similar vein, Michael Williams, a 200-level student at the University of Lagos and native of Ogun State, came in second with a cash reward of N 700,000 and a laptop.
Likewise, Godstime Nwaeze, a 200 level law student from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Akwa and from Ebonyi State, landed the third position and came home with N500,000 and a laptop.
Other ten finalists who each won a laptop computer included: Michael Agbaiza of Uniben from Edo State, Owolabi Oluwadare, born in Ekiti State and University of Ibadan student, Abosede Iyiola from UI and from Ogun State, Omotayo Ajibola, Oyo State and UI student, Adama Enenche from Benue State and Uniport.
The others are: Gerald Abaagu, Benue State and Jos University, Plateau State and Eze Somtochukwu from Enugu State and University of Nigeria student, Nsukka.
Speaking at the award ceremony held in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State on Wednesday, NCDMB Executive Secretary Ing. Simbi Wabote said the annual undergraduate writing competition was designed as a strategic approach focused on the young people who are the real drivers of the board’s Nigerian content development initiative.
Simbi, who was represented by the head of corporate communications, Barr. Naboth Nyesoh, noted that the idea was to improve young people’s understanding of local content readers in order to effectively position them to explore opportunities in the oil and gas industry.
The executive secretary hinted that the board has created more than 50,000 job opportunities for young Nigerians, adding that the goal of the NCDMB is to increase the participation of local content in the oil and gas industry. at seventy percent in 2027.
The Executive Secretary highlighted some of the achievements of the council over the past ten years of its establishment, including: construction and completion of its 17-story headquarters in Yenagoa, construction and completion of a power plant in 10 megawatt gas at Elebele, the catalysis of the construction of modular refineries, the launch of a Nigerian content intervention fund of 350 million US dollars as well as the launch of a research and development fund of 50 million of US dollars, among others.
In his remarks, Mr. Eyinimi Omorozi, Managing Director and CEO of Mahogany 21st Century Concept Limited, which is the consultant for the essay competition, said that 2,200 entries have been made by undergraduates from different universities. across the country, ten of which made the top list.
He thanked the NCDMB for supporting the sponsorship of the annual event over the past five years, stressing that the program was a strategic platform aimed at empowering young people to excel and improve their academic abilities. and deepen their understanding of local content in the oil and gas industry just as he congratulated the jury on a job well done.
In their separate speeches, the President of the Occasion and Vice-Chancellor of the African University of Toru-Orua, Professor Kingston Nyamapfene and the Royal Father of the Day, HRM, Ibenanaowei of the Kingdom of Gbarain, King Bubaraye Dakolo identified a link between the NCDMB and the universities. creating great minds to solve the many issues facing the Nigerian state, urging the board leadership to support the annual event.
In response, the big winner of the competition, Enomfon Akpan, a mechanical engineering student from Abak Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State, thanked the NCDMB and the event organizers for donating , as well as to many other young Nigerians, the opportunity to gain a better understanding. local content in the oil and gas industry.
While attributing his success to hard work and the grace of God, the 23-year-old urged all Nigerian students to take their academics seriously, adding that with education, “there is no of height that one cannot reach “.
In a vote of thanks, NCDMB’s Chief Supervisor, Corporate Communications, Mr. Obinna Ezeobi said, “This is the biggest prize for undergraduate essay writing competitions in Nigeria. The NCDMB will never abdicate its responsibility to develop the capacities of Nigerians. This competition will last.