The venue was the Government Secondary School, Tudun Wada, and the quiz competition was organised to inspire academic excellence among youths in the nation’s capital.
Smartly dressed and in high spirits, the students all got registered and sat in the hall of the host school ready for the written test that will qualify them for the oral test.
They paid rapt attention as the Senior Manager of Human Resources, Media Trust Limited, Alhaji Alhassan Yusuf, welcomed them by giving them a hint of what the media organization has in store for them, both in and out of the quiz competition.
He said: “Even before the quiz commences, you are all winners in the sense that you have all won the primaries at your respective secondary schools to qualify to come here. It is also in recognition of this that all of you are going home with something to show your parents and friends that you have participated in this maiden edition of the quiz competition.
“This programme is just one addition to the series of programmes being organized by Media Trust Limited as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) schemes.”
He told the students that they are free to invite the company in their press clubs and related associations because the organization is ready to partner with them.
“The Department of Mass Communication (universities and polytechnics) will provide internet access that will let you read not only Daily Trust newspapers, but all Nigerian newspapers,” he said.
He identified the scholarship given to female medical students from across the country in northern uni versities, automatic employment given to best mass communication graduates and the internship opportunity given by Media Trust as part of the company’s CRS.
Former Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr. Chibudom Nwuche commended the initiative, adding that investment in education of Nigerian students can help in the effort to diversify its economy and reduce dependence on “oil as countries like Japan are leading world economies without oil.”
The Head of Foundation for Youth Development (FYD) which is a core-sponsor of the programme, urged the students to work hard and be of good character, adding that greatness is not measured by one’s material possession.
“We, in FYD (Foundation for Youth Development), took time to partner with Media Trust because we found it fitting that, for once, we are organizing intellectual competition, not dancing competition for one to win prizes without effort. We have to commend Media Trust because these days in our country, the emphasis has shifted to more mundane things where they emphasize the wrong values. What will make people great ultimately is the content of their character and what they have learned.
“I am hoping that this hall will be fuller than it is as we progress because we must restore the old values of hard work, of integrity, of honesty dedication and being competitive among students. These lessons are the ones you learn to make you good leaders of tomorrow,” he said.
The principal of the host school, Government Secondary School, Tudun Wada, Mrs Essien Enenwa Okon, commended the management of Media Trust for organizing the quiz competition, expressing her hope that the students will imbibe the spirit of hardworking through the competition.
The Marketing Manager of Media Trust, Hassan A. Karofi, thanked all the participants and the guests, saying that prizes will be bigger during the next edition of the quiz.
Out of the 82 students, six winners (three from senior secondary schools and three from junior secondary schools) emerged winners for the oral quiz.
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