By FAVOUR NNABUGWU
Three orphans from the Federal Capital Territory have secured scholarship from a Non-Governmental Organisation, Youth Empowerment Education Initiative, to university level for winning quiz competition organised by the group for students from different orphanages in Abuja.
The three emerged winners from a total of 10 contestants who participated in the quiz competition which featured questions in Mathematics, English Language and Current Affairs.
The first two winners from Hope for Survival Children’s Orphanage Home and Abuja Childrens Home respectively, Abednego Iyemoh and Amaka Umar, each scored 85 percent, while the third winner, Uche Peter Edike, emerged from St. Mary’s Orphanage Home Maryland,Gwagwalada
Chairman of the occasion, Prof Nuhu Yaquob, in his remarks, said gone were the days students were encouraged to go to libraries and read books in order to develop themselves and not necessarily because they wanted to pass examinations.
Students, he said, should be encouraged to do some research, read wide and extensively, so they could excel.
He, however, charged the media to be more conscious and sensitive to programmes aired for the benefit of students who would prefer to watch Nollywood than educational programmes like quiz and debate competitions.
He said: “Nollywood has no educational relevance as much as educational competitions. NTA should be called to reconsider programmes aired.”
in his goodwill message, President of Albinno Foundation in Nigeria, Mr Jake Ekpele, urged orphans to make the best use of the opportunity open to them to improve their lives.
He charged them to appreciate themselves and find their God given roles so that they can make impacts to the society.
Also, Founder of the NGO, Mr Edewor Christopher, noted that the world was a global village where the Nigerian child would have to compete with people who have modern, adequate and up-to-date infrastructures without room for the excuse of failure.