BY IKENNA ASOMBA
After 14 weeks of rigorous presentations of ‘political manifestos,’ young ministers and commissioners of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, emerged last Friday, at the 2014 Kiddies Vision Magazine Grand Finale Award of Young Ministers Competition, held at the Lagos Television Hall 2, Ikeja, Lagos.
The event which was established to test the intelligence of primary and secondary school pupils on how well they know their country, the organs, functions and activities of government, saw the pupils emerging as ministers and commissioners to administer the affairs of the Ministries of Health; Home Affairs and Culture; Youth, Sport & Social Development; Finance and Education.
At the end of the four-phased competition, Nkechi Ononuju of Glory Land International College, Aguda, Lagos emerged Young Minister of Health; Ifeanyi Orji of Pat Private Secondary School, Agboju, Lagos -Young Minister of Youth, Sport and Social Development; Faith Okechukwu of ABC Royal College, Mazamaza, Lagos – Young Minister of Finance; Priscilla Achu of St. Margaret Comprehensive College, Agboju, Lagos – Young Minister of Home Affairs, Culture and Tourism and Oluwatoba Akolade of Sunfab College, Orile, Lagos, emerged as Young Minister of Education.
Also, Davies Cornelius of Speed Ladder Private School, Onipanu, Lagos emerged as Young Commissioner for Education; Churchill Okafor of Cavalry Wisdom Nursery and Primary, Satelite, Lagos -Young Commissioner of Youth, Sport and Social Development; Koyinsola Kazeem of Falez Nursery and Primary School, Ojo, Lagos – Young Commissioner of Finance; Amarachi Ogala of ABC Royal Primary School, Mazamaza, Lagos – Young Commissioner of Home Affairs, Culture and Tourism and Hamidat Hamzat of Almulik Nursery and Primary School, Orile, Lagos, emerged as Young Commissioner of Health.
The competition sponsored by Seven Stars Paper & Allied Production Limited, saw the Young Ministers and Commissioners winning N100,000 respectively, while the first and second runners-up went home with N50,000 and N20, 000 respectively.
Expressing joy at the success of the competition, the Director, Kiddies Vision Magazine, Mrs. Nnenna Umeohia said her motivation in putting up the competition was triggered by a research conducted during the nationwide protests that trailed the fuel subsidy removal in 2012.
She said: “We carried a research on how well our students know about the country, and it was amazing that most of them don’t even know what was happening. Ask them what is the removal of fuel subsidy, they will tell you they don’t know. Ask them the difference between the current education system and the past, they will tell you they don’t know. But if you ask them about the most recent and trendy movie or music, they will tell you all you need to know. So, we thought it wise to use a competition like this to nurture the pupils and students, so that they can be abreast of the current happenings in the country, and also passing the same to their parents who may not be learned.”