A 16-year-old Chinese national, Master Precious Chem, of the Living Word Academy Secondary School, Aba, has emerged winner of the NAFDAC Annual Secondary Schools Essay Competition in Abia.
Chem was declared the winner of the senior secondary school category while 13-year-old Miss Ugochinyere Eze of Dorothy International Secondary School, Aba, came first in the junior category.
The Chinese said after receiving the award that he was encouraged, though he did not make it at the zonal and national levels of the competition.
He called for more students’ participation in all the categories of the competition and adequate information for the examinations to make it a worthwhile exercise.
In her reaction, Eze said the competition had further helped to expose her to develop herself for future endeavours.
She said NAFDAC’s effort had challenged the students to put in more efforts in their studies.
Earlier, Mr Gabriel Ezeaguba, the Chief Regulatory Officer of NAFDAC, Aba Special Zone, said he was impressed with the performance of the winners. He said that 14 schools participated in the 10th Annual Secondary Schools Essay competition held on Oct. 13.
“I want to specially thank the schools that have been regular in spite of the sudden notification that characterised the programme on the examination date,’’ he said.
Ezeaguba said the state did not qualify to compete at the national level because of the students result submitted for the purpose. He, however, said the representatives last year came second at the national level, which showed that the state had brilliant students.
He said that award at the state level, the first of its kind, was aimed at inspiring the schools and students to prepare and perform better next year.
Ezeaguba said the agency was making plans to establish more NAFDAC Consumer Safety Clubs in Abia secondary schools from 2013.
He, however, hoped that they would utilise the opportunity to improve in future examinations.