On the high table is the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Hajiya Jummai Idris Mohammed (m), the representative of NNPC Mrs Ngozi Nwabara and other directors of the ministry.

Permanent Secretary, Niger State Ministry of Education, Hajiya Jummai Idris Mohammed has restated the commitment of the state government to providing quality and accessible education to its citizens.

Hajiya Jummai stated this in her address at the North Central Zonal final of the 2019 Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Annual National Science Quiz Competition held recently at the Education Resource Centre (E.R.C), Minna.

She said, Niger State Government was aware of its responsibility of providing quality, accessible and free education as well as payment of NECO examination fees to students in the state among others.

“Government also pays high premium on Science Education, this is why science and technical schools are undergoing total overhaul,” she added.

She therefore commended NNPC for organizing the quiz competition, adding that science education is key to the development of any country.

Speaking at the event, the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Ndu Ughamadu, said the Corporation was out to nurture future leaders through the competition.

Ughamadu, who was represented by Mrs Ngozi Nwabara, noted that the corporation’s intervention in education was its most important social responsibility given the key role it plays in sustaining our economy.

She said the result of NNPC’s investment in the Quiz competition over the years was visible as past winners have gone to achieve outstanding academic excellence in tertiary institutions.

According to her, each of the 7 contestants that made it to the zonal final will be given N100, 000 upon admission into tertiary institution.

At the end of the competition, Abdullahi Omachonu 16, from St Peter’s College, Idah, Kogi State, Scored 60 out of 75 points to beat his counterparts from Nasarawa, Benue, Plateau, Niger and the FCT.

On his part, Abdullahi Omachonu, the winner of the contest, attributed his success in the competition to hard work and determination.