A 600-level Medicine and Surgery undergraduate of Benue State University, Anzaa Msonter, has emerged winner of the 2018 edition of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM) essay competition.
At the award ceremony in Lagos, Msonter, 28, said he had been participating in the annual competition for the past six years, adding that he picked the spirit of persistence from his father who studied through being a village headmaster to become a PhD holder.
The first and second runners up honours were awarded to Ndubuisi Paul, a Mechanical Engineering undergraduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and Olawoyin Mustapha of the University of Ilorin respectively.
The Registrar/Chief Executive Officer, CIPM, Ajibola Ponnle, expressed happiness with the growth of the annual essay competition recalling that it has grown from a “mere participation of a few students from a few institutions in Lagos with just about 20 entries to a full blown national affair with over 100 entries from about 40 institutions across the country”.
“This is a clear indication of the appeal of this platform among our youth and its amazing opportunities for self-expression and growth,” he said.
Ponnle said the 2018 edition of the competition had about 120 students from 34 universities across the country participated in the competition. An elaborate process was followed in determining the winners of which the seven best writers were selected for an intense defence of their work and three winners emerged.