NGO plans essay competition for students, winner gets N1m
12 August 2017 Education
A non-governmental organisation, Robert Sunday Iworiso Foundation, has concluded plans to organise an essay writing competition for Senior Secondary Schools in Bayelsa State with a proposal of N1m for the overall winner.
The Director, RSIF, Chief Alphonsus Iworiso, who made this known during a news conference in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, on Friday, said runners-up would get consolation prizes.
According to the Director, the foundation is the brainchild of the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, in honour of his father.
He said the foundation had, through the tools of education and empowerment, carried out several programmes aimed at enhancing the well-being of life of indigent Bayelsans.
Iworiso noted that the Foundation recently organized a skills acquisition programme in conjunction with Helping Hands International to train over 100 people in perfume making, soap and detergent production, and baking.
On the importance of the planned essay competition, Iworiso said, “The Niger Delta needs dreamers and thinkers. Essay writing will cause our students to dream bigger and think deeper. Our region needs leaders who are strategic thinkers and innovative decision-makers.”
Also speaking, Chairman of the Organising Committee, Mr. Michael Afenfia, said the competition would hold on August 23, 2017, at the Ijaw National Academy, Kaiama.
Afenfia, who is the Chairman of Association of Nigeria Authors, Bayelsa State, and the Speech Writer of the Bayelsa State Governor, said the competition would witness 100 SSS-3 students drawn from the eight local government areas of the state.
He said 80 students would come from the public schools while 20 would come from the private schools.