By Samuel Luka, Bauchi
The National Consultant for the ongoing Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Zonal annual Science Quiz competition, Mr. Tayo Sanni has announced Bauchi state as the overall North-East zonal winner.
Announcing the results, Mr Tayo Sanni said Bauchi state, which was represented in the competition by a 13-year old Mukhtar Abdul-Ghanee of Sunshine International School became victorious.
He said that the SS2 science student scored a total of 50 points to defeat his closest contestant, Abdulrahaman Sa’ad from Taraba state who scored 40 points.
Sanni revealed that Borno state took the third position with 35 points while Adamawa and Gombe states emerged the fourth position with both states scoring 30 points each as Yobe state got only 20 points.
According to him, Bauchi, Taraba and Borno states would be going to Abuja for the finals of the competition.
Mr. Sanni noted that the sum of 100,000 grant had been approved by NNPC to all the six participants at the Zonal level.
Speaking earlier, Mr Garba Muhammad, The Ground General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC congratulated the various secondary schools and their industrious students who were representing their states in the zonal contest.
He said that over the years, NNPC had made intervention in the education and capacity development areas, adding that with the signing into law of the Petroleum Industry Act by President Muhammadu Buhari, impetus had been given to the corporation to increase its impact in the lives of all Nigerians.
“It has become more important than ever to groom a pool of highly trained youth who will be available to take up key positions in the company and in the Nigerian energy sector in the years to come”, he said.
“It is for this reason that NNPC’s commitment to encouraging science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education, which is the focus of the NNPC National Science Quiz Competition, has become stronger than ever,” Muhammad added.
Represented by Mr Aliyu Abdullahi, an Officer from Group Public Affairs Division, NNPP, Muhammad appreciated the Bauchi state government as well as the teachers of the host school for their commitment and support which made the competition a successful one.
In his address, Bauchi state Commissioner for Education, Mr Aliyu Tilde who was represented by Mrs Wulne Buba, Director, Quality Assurance from the ministry, appreciated NNPC for the sponsorship of the science oriented competition.
The Commissioner assured that the education ministry would encourage students to work hard in science as they are now living in a technological world.