By Edith Ike-Eboh
Two former heads of state have on Tuesday advised participants of the 2018 Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC) National science quiz competition to be committed with their studies as future leaders of tomorrow.
Gen. Yakubu Gowon and Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar gave the advice at the grand finale of the competition in Abuja.
Abubakar commended the NNPC for such lofty idea and also the participants for their resilient to make it to the last stage.
“I congratulate the 18 finalists, it is a long race to get to this point.
” l am convinced that no matter what happens, you all are winners. so, make sure that you utilise the opportunity provided by this competition to develop yourselves in life.
“I wish you all the best and remember that you are the nation’s ambassadors, ” he said.
He commended the NNPC and said it was a noble idea to invest in the development of the Nigerian youths.
According to him, adopting the the NYSC model to run the competition shows how committed the corporation is to the unity of Nigeria.
In his remarks, Gowon said the competition was a good Corporation Social Responsibility(CSR) project that other organisations should emulate.
He said the event had brought together next innovators and scientists that would grow the country in the future.
” look beyond this competition, focus on the future, collaborate with each other in developing ideas for the development of the nation, ” he advised the participants
He commended the NNPC for following the foot step of the Nigeria Youth Service Corp (NYSC) in conducting the competition.
This, he said would continue to foster national unity and oneness.
” It was a battle with the first batch of the NYSC members then but after they went through it, they know and understand their country more.
“I am still very proud of them and even all the others that have participated, it simply shows how we love our country, ” he said.
Gowon further advised the participants to develop spirit of healthy competition and to sustain the cross cultural friendship the competition would bring.
He added that making it to the grand finale had made all of them winner saying ” it is better to do well without cutting corners, that is true success.”
“you have made your parents, teachers, schools proud at this point, be the best you can in whatever position you get, ” he added.
He urged NNPC to review the scholarship to meet the economic challenges of acquiring quality education in the country.
” Also, consider some kind of subvention for participants that got to this stage apart the top three winners.
The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that 18 participants from different states representing the six George political zones were at the grand finale.
Enugu state, won the competition with 75 point, followed by Ogun state with 70 points and Edo state with 65 points.(NAN)