A student of Lagos State Senior Model College, Igbokuta, Master Durojaiye Oluwasegun Ayomide, has emerged the winner of the state finals of the annual Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) sponsored national quiz competition.
He will be representing Lagos state at the zonal final on September 22, at Ado-Ekiti.
Durojaiye scored 84 percent to beat other contestants clinching the first position and leaving Dara Ogunmola of New Hall International School, Lekki and Uwosu Olumide of Lagos State Senior Model College, Kankon, Badagry, who scored 82.5 and 81 percent to second and third positions respectively in the keenly contested competition.
His victory at this level of the competition will fetch him a scholarship award worth N100,000 from NNPC.
The competition is organised annually in collaboration with all the state ministries of education in the country, to promote the teaching and learning of sciences in schools and also stimulate studentâ€™s interest in science subjects.
Congratulating the winners at the end of the event, the Acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs. Omobola Babs-Akinyeye noted that students of Lagos state owned schools have been participating and recording successes in the competition since inception in 2001.
According to her, â€œthe competition has laid solid foundation for science development in Nigeria and one encouraging trend observed was that the quality of performance of the schools had been on the increase since the competition beganâ€
She urged the winner to study harder to win at the zonal and national competition.
Earlier in his remarks, the Director of Science and Technology, Ministry of Education, Mr. Adebayo Ibiyeye said this yearâ€™s edition of the competition started on July 15, 2017 at the grassroots level in 10 centers across the state, adding that the students were subjected to written examinations in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and English language and 60 best students were selected; three per local government to participate at the state finals which took place on the July 24 at Agidingbi Senior Grammar School, Ikeja.
The students who commended their teachers for impacting on them, promised not to relent in their efforts as their eyes are set on greater heights that will bring glory to the state and the nation in the area of scientific discoveries and technological inventions.