The Lagos state Government has recognized and honoured students who emerged as winners at the maiden edition of the Solomon Empire National essay competition.
Speaking at the event, which was held at the Lagos state Ministry of Education, Alausa, Ikeja on Thursday 15th October, 2020, the Honourable Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo applauded the pupils for taking time to research and contribute to nation building and problem solving. Mrs. Adefisayo also commended the students on the solutions they proffered which involves the use of technology as well as the link of their solutions with human productivity and community development. She also commented on the innovations as well as the social well-being which the students mentioned in their essays.
The commissioner went further to ask the winners a very brilliant question on what their perspective is about COVID-19 going away completely from the world. Since the topic of the essay competition was “How Should Government and Corporate Organizations help People Prepare towards Post COVID-19 and Future Pandemics.” The students answered that they are optimistic that COVID-19 would soon be a thing of the past once the Vaccines being developed by scientists all around the world are completed. An answer to which Mrs. Adefisayo said, it will take some time. This is because the COVID-19 virus strain keeps mutating. She however opined that the optimism of the students would be realized soon.
Speaking earlier, The Executive Director/Founder of Solomon Empire Foundation, Mr. David Korede aid in his opening remarks that the vision is to engage the young minds in contributing their quota to nation building. Mr. David, who further stressed that, during the early stage of the COVID-19 lockdown, the students were not engaged in any academic activities, which in his own view was already affecting their responsive ability, hence the need for the competition.
He further expressed his delight by commending all the over 200 participants all across 18 states in Nigeria, who took part in the Full virtual essay competition, as the use of technology was employed all through. Five winners emerged, with four from Lagos state and 1 from Osun state. All the winners are students of Government public schools. Mr. David said that he hopes to consolidate on the success recorded in partnership with Wema and Union Banks as well as the Lagos state Government to make the competition better in subsequent editions. He used the medium to call on the organized private sector and well-meaning individuals within and outside the country to support Solomon Empire in growing the Nigerian Education system into a globally competitive status.
Kunle Ajayi, the Project Manager of Solomon Empire Foundation, spoke during the event, on the agenda of the Foundation to ensure that the Nigerian Education system is further enhanced by breeding tech giants even from very young age. He believes this will help consolidate on the efforts of the government in exposing students to problem solving and nation building in order to become self-reliant and globally competitive. He added that the five winners emerged through a thorough independent process, where the first position winner went home with a cash sum of N200,000, Second Position winner N100,000, third position winner N50,000, while the 2 consolation prize winners went home with the sum of N20,000 respectively.
The Winners are:
First Position winner: Latunde Emmanuel. Lagos State Government Secondary School, Meiran. Class: SS2
Second Position Winner: Ndubisi Chijindu. Nigerian Navy Secondary School, Ojo, Lagos. Class: SS2
Third Position Winner: Izuka Esther: Ijaiye Ojokoro Senior Secondary School, Lagos. Class: SS1
Consolation Prize winner: Akinlaja Christianah: Fakunle Comprehensive High School, Osogbo, Osun state. Class: SS3
Consolation Prize winner: Agbazue Obiamakachukwu: Queens College, Yaba, Lagos state. Class: SS3