By Samuel Oyadongha & Emem Idio
KAIAMA —MASTER Martin Franklin (Jnr) of Ijaw National Academy has emerged winner of the maiden Bayelsa Essay Writing Competition, carting away the star prize of N1 million, while Sweet-Owei Blessed Tari of Tare Pet Montessori School came second with N250,000 and Ayamieye Tamara-Ifie of Biedomo Premiere School went home with N150,000 as third place.
The programme was organised by the Robert Sunday Iworiso Foundation.
Ten finalists had earlier emerged before the emergence of the three winners, who were presented with cheques by officials of the foundation’s official bankers, Sterling Bank.
The state Commissioner for Education, Elder Markson Fefegha, who was the special guest of honour at the first Bayelsa Essay Writing competition for secondary schools pledged government’s continued investment in education because of its significance in human capital development.
According to him, government was excited that so far the state has benefited from the strategic and timely investment it had made in education which available records has shown.
He thanked the organisers of the Essay Competition for keying into the vision of the government in promoting academic excellence.
Earlier, Director of the Robert Sunday Iworiso Foundation, Chief John Iworiso, in his welcome address, expressed the hope that the winner of the first prize will seize the unique opportunity to not only enjoy the limelight but have also make his family and Bayelsa State proud.
He reiterated the commitment of the foundation in ensuring that it lives up to its motto of fulfilling dream as well as turning smiles into laughter especially among the less privileged.
Iworiso said, “The Essay competition is one of several ways through which we hope to discover the untapped potentials and to truly engage students and inspire them to become change agents and make them the true leaders of tomorrow that they are born to be.
“That is why I must once again use this opportunity to thank Governor Dickson for investing so much in education. This auditorium we are in now is one of the testimonies to that fact. We will also like to advice parents of the winner to encourage their child to see writing as a noble career rather than force them to areas they do not have interest.”