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Enugu public school pupil wins national essay competition

A public-school student of Girls Secondary School, Abakpa, Enugu, was yesterday presented with a cheque and laptop for emerging champion in a keenly competed national essay competition instituted by the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) to encourage reading habit among Nigerian students.

Parents of Miss Chidiogor Jane Eneh, the champion writer from Abakpa Girls, stepped up to receive a N500,000 cheque from BPE’s Director General, Mr. Alex Okoh.

In addition to promoting reading a culture among students and Nigerians in general, the BPE also hopes to use the competition to correct what Mr. Okoh describes as “uninformed perceptions on privatization by opponents of the programme.”

The win from a public-school pupil has once again ignited the debate on best quality products from among the three major categories of schools operating in Nigeria at the moment – public, faith-based, and private proprietorial schools.

The first and second runners up in the competition emerged from faith-based schools; Miss Roseline Etop Idem of Topfaith International School, Mkpatak (Akwa Ibom State) and Miss Ngozi Deborah Ekwueme of Regina Pacis Girls Secondary School, Garki, Abuja FCT, occupied the remining top spots.

The runners up received cash prizes of N350,000 and N250,000 respectively for their efforts.

BPE boss, Alex Okoh

BPE, the federal privatization agency, also gifted laptops to the three winners, presented books to their schools, and rewarded their teachers in cash.

The BPE boss, Mr. Okoh, disclosed at the event that 94 entries were received from across the nation from the time the competition was announced in July 2019 to its submission deadline.

The competitors wrote on the theme, “The reason for government reforms and privatization of public enterprises,” and their works, according to him, were evaluated based on content, technical argument, organizational structure, grammatical accuracy, and logical presentation.

In addition to promoting reading a culture among students and Nigerians in general, the BPE also hopes to use the competition to correct what Mr. Okoh describes as “uninformed perceptions on privatization by opponents of the programme.”

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