The competition, a personal community development service project of the corps member, Onuchukwu Stanislaus Toochukwu (KG/13A/0442) was organized for all secondary schools in Lokoja, Kogi State on Thursday, the 14th of November, 2013 at Bishop Delise College, Lokoja, Kogi State. A total of eleven (11) secondary schools were in attendance. Subjects covered in the competition include: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Information/Communication Technology, English Language, and Mathematics.
|the host mr. Onuchukwu, the chairman presenting a trophy to the winners of the quiz competition|
Proceedings commenced at exactly 09:45am and came to a closure at 03:42pm with the following schools emerging winners: Bishop Delise College (1st), Government Day Secondary School (2nd),and Baptist High School (3rd).
Speaking at the occasion, the Chairman Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools, Lokoja, Comr. Ogbeha said the corps member who took it upon himself to organize such a wonderful competition has made a sound academic impact in the lives of the students and deserves a recognition from the state government. Mr. Tipani Lucky, the NYSC representative, commended the corps member for coming up with the brilliant idea saying he indeed had changed the lives of the students through the competition. He urged the state government to encourage corps members who had such passions. A representative of the Science Teacher's Association of Nigeria (STAN), Mr. Olaiya who was present equally commended Corps member Onuchukwu for "a job well done". The Director Kogi State Library Board, Mr. Tijani also added his voice to the chorus of praises; he challenged other corps members to tow the same line.
In his speech, Corps member Onuchukwu Stanislaus Toochukwu (KG/13A/0442) thanked all for honoring his invitation to the Science Quiz Competition. He said that he had always desired to empower the students academically by organizing such a competition and was grateful to have seen his dream materialized. Prize items ranging from Science Laboratory Equipment, Science Textbooks, WAEC/UTME past questions, Exercise Books e.t.c were presented to the best performing schools/students. Trophies were awarded also to the best three schools respectively.
We previously brought you a story of a stunning project by NYSC members in State of Osun. These programmes might look ordinary to the eyes of many. But when we aggregate the marginal gains of these programmes on the lives of these young students; the leaders of tomorrow, "we get it" that for a society like Nigeria with so many challenges, the only feasible way of effecting the much needed change is striving for these marginal gains (let's say 1%) in every single things we do.
We congratulate Mr. Onuchukwu Stanislaus Toochukwu for this courage and tenacity in organizing this programme and we enjoin other NYSC members to borrow a leaf from Mr. onuchukwu and initiate innovative programmes like this quiz competition and "the-bait" organized by the NYSC members in the state of Osun.