By Dayo Adesulu
The best 185 students from an average of 100 schools per state nationwide that sat for the state stage of the competition that was held on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 have qualified for the next stage that will take place between November 28-30 in the six geo-political zones and the FCT, Abuja.

The competition, fully sponsored by Nigerian Breweries Plc/Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund, is organised amongst senior secondary schools students (SSS1 to SSS3) in Nigeria. As usual, the competition started with the school stage examination which was conducted in various schools on Thursday, September 30, 2010 to produce the best two candidates that sat for the state stage of the competition.

The Lagos competition which had about 150 schools in attendance took place at Queens College, Yaba. Majority of the participating students were accompanied by their teachers who arrived the venue as early as 8am for accreditations that would allow them into venue of the competition that started at 10am.

Oyo State had about 380 schools in attendance while Kwara State recorded a turnout of about 100 schools.
Presenting the three sets of books that they are expected to read for the next stage of the competition to the 5 students from Lagos State, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Education, Mrs. Lara Erogbogbo congratulated the students and charged them to intensify their effort to ensure that they come out tops form the zone.

She said as ambassadors of the state, they should be of good behavior and keep the flag of the state flying as they progress in the competition.

The best 27 students to be picked from this stage expected to read another set of three books, will proceed to the National Finals in Abuja.

Each zonal Winner will receive the sum of N50,000 and N150,000 worth of books for the school library, while each zonal first runner-up receives the sum of N40,000 and N100,000 worth of books for the school. Finally, each zonal second runner-up will take home the sum N30,000 and books worth N80,000 for the school.

Unlike in previous editions, Nigerian Breweries Plc had announced that the three finalists in this edition will go home with a Laptop computer each. Other prizes are N200,000 as personal gift to the overall winner and 2 sets of computers and printers and books worth N650,000 for the school. The first runner up will take home N150,000 as personal gift and 1 set of computer and printer for the school.

The school also gets N400,000 worth of books, while the second runner up gets N100,000 as personal gift, 1 set of computer and printer and N200,000 worth of books for the school.

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