After two months of keen contest and tour around the 17 Local Government Areas of Abia State, the maiden Abia State Schools’ quiz competition sponsored by Ray Nkemdirim Foundation in Collaboration with Abia State Ministry of Education, National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, NAPPS, FLO 94.9FM and other partners came to an epic end at the prestigious international Conference center, Ogurube layout Umuahia Abia State on June 10, 2021.
The three finalists drawn from three Educational zones in Abia State slogged it out in three rounds under a tension soaked atmosphere to determine an eventual winner who goes home with the converted prize.
At the end, three privately-owned secondary schools in Abia, emerged winners. Mayfair Academy, Umuahia Zone, scored 67 points to clinch the first position, with N1 million cash prize.
Ovom Girls High Scool, Obingwa Zone and Holy Brilliance College, Bende Zone, scored 53 points and 37 points to occupy the second and third positions.
Accordingly, they were rewarded with half a million naira and a quarter of a million naira, respectively at the end of the competition.
In a speech, Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Chief Chris Ezem, paid glowing tribute to Nkemdirim, the Chairman of the foundation, for looking back home to invest in the education of the young ones adding that the initiative demonstrated his love for Abia, the youths and education.
The governor promised that the state would continue to partner with the foundation to build the children to enable them to contribute positively to the development of society.
The Chairman of the foundation, Chief Ray Nkemdirim said the competition was part of his efforts to give back to society and contribute to the academic development of Abia children.
Earlier, Ikechukwu Nwosu, a former Executive Secretary of the state Universal Basic Education, who was the Chairman of the event, thanked Nkemdirim for his contribution to the education of the young ones.
The Proprietor of Mayfair Academy, the winning school, Mazi Enyi Harbour, said he was greatly impressed that the initiative was coming from the private sector.
Some of the students expressed happiness with the exposure that they gained from the competition.
Over 200 schools entered for the competition, which spanned two months.