IBEDC PROMOTES ENGINEERING AMONG CHILDREN
The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company says it has sponsored a quiz competition organised by the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Ibadan branch, for secondary schools as part its collaboration with the United States Agency for African Development.
IBEDC said in a statement that the initiative formed a core part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, focused on educational development for students, especially in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The Chief Operating Officer, IBEDC, Mr John Ayodele, while speaking at an event held in the University of Ibadan, described the quiz competition as a good platform to promote and encourage students in the engineering field.
Ayodele, who was represented by the Chief Technical Officer, IBEDC, Mr Ade Ayileka, said mentorship must be given to the future generation to aid continuity of the engineering profession.
He said, “As a corporate body, IBEDC is very passionate about the educational sector, which is why we take this quiz competition seriously.
“I want to encourage every student here to give their best and always remember that this is a quiz competition, everyone here is already a winner.”
He stated that the quiz competition had students from Orita-mefa Baptist Model College, Oladipo Alayande School of Science, Loyola College and Command Day Secondary School.
The statement added that Bishop Philip Academy and Adelayo Academy participated in five rounds of quiz questions in English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics subjects.
It said the six selected schools emerged from pre-competitions comprising 36 schools.
“Following seven rounds, Orita-mefa Baptist Model School emerged as the winner of the competition while Command Day Secondary School and Oladipo Alayande School of Science came second and third place, respectively” the statement added.
The Head, Branding and Corporate Communication, IBEDC, Mrs Angela Olanrewaju, said the quiz competition was an opportunity to groom young people into the field of sciences, which she described as critical to the development of Nigeria.
Olanrewaju said the prizes won included computer desktop systems, textbooks and teaching aids for the winner; computer desktops and textbooks for the second place; and teaching aid and textbooks for the third place, while textbooks were given as consolation prizes for other schools as well as IBEDC branded gift items for all participants.
According to her, the prizes will directly impact on the lives of the children and the prizes will be improved on to encourage more schools to participate.
The Chairman, NSE, Mr Adedamola Falade-Fatila, said the quiz was an annual competition that had become a pet project of the Ibadan branch of the association.