The students of Lumen Christi International High School, have won the 2017 SEPLAT Pearls Quiz competition. The annual competition now in its 6th edition is organised by SEPLAT Petroleum Development Company PLC, operators of the NPDC/SEPLAT JV assets, OML 4, 38 & 41.
Lumen Christi International High School was represented by Kingsley Okafor, Cletus Ifedhor and Clinton Opara with each one of them receiving scholarships worth ₦100,000 and ₦7 million for their school.
Rejoice Imiebenomo Eromosele, Destiny Ekanioe and Mary Omo Ijogbe from Russel International Group of Schools, Benin City, Edo State emerged second and also won scholarships for themselves and a cash prize of ₦3 million for their school while the students of Delta Steel Company Technical High School, Ovwian, Aladja, represented by Uzezi Omaduvie Henry, Dorothy Ezekiel and Success Nwajei placed third also received scholarships and ₦1 million for the school.
According to Austin Avuru, MD/CEO of SEPLAT:
“This is the one [programme] dedicated to education and excellence. We have one dedicated to healthcare. This is designed to promote exceptional and responsible leaders. That is what this quiz competition is designed for.
It is still a programme we are very proud of. Through this programme we have awarded 45 scholarships, we have implemented projects in 12 schools. In the first four editions, the first prize was a Toyota Hiace bus. We changed that so that we don’t impose a vehicle on a school that doesn’t even need it.
What we do now, the first prize we execute ₦7 million worth of projects in the school. Give ₦100, 000 to each of the participating students. Second prize we execute ₦3 million worth of projects in the school and ₦75,000 to each of the students. For the third prize we execute ₦1 million worth of projects and ₦50, 000 for each of the students. There are other consolation prizes of ₦10,000 each that is given out to 105 schools since inception.”
Mr. Austin Avuru further explained that this is the sixth edition of the SEPLAT Pearls Quiz competition, which took off in 2012 with no less than 900 schools from Edo and Delta states participating annually.
Chiedu Ebie, Commission for Basic and Secondary Education, Delta State, who represented the state Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, said that the Delta State Government understands the importance in investing and building human capacity, particularly education.
Explaining that the state was delighted to be hosting the event this year, he said that quiz competitions are aimed at building the spirit of healthy competition among students but the Seplat Pearls Quiz Competition in Delta and Edo states aims further than that.
According to Chiedu Ebie:
“It promotes unity and integration among the students of both states. It is a heartwarming story that in the past six years, SEPLAT has successfully held this competition, including awarding scholarships to secondary and tertiary school students.”