Nigeria will be 60 years after independence come October 1st 2020, coupled with the emergence of the global pandemic, what is the way out?
This must have been the questions in the minds of the leadership of Osun sate as the state is organizing an essay contest for all indigenes of the state as part of the 60th anniversary of Nigeria independence.
In a statement authorized by Commissioner for regional integration and Commissioner for Political affairs, Hon. Lekan Badmus and Taiwo Akeju respectively, the essay Competition is opened to all students in tertiary institutions across the country.
According to the statement, the winners will be rewarded with laptop, tablets, and cash prizes which is a compensation for contributing their quota to the development of the country.
The statement partly reads, “The Southern and Northern protectorates of Nigeria were amalgamated in the year 1914 by Lord Lugard during the colonial the colonial era. Consequent upon this, Nigerians were clamouring for independence/freedom and it was later granted on the 1st of October,1960, followed by Republic in 1963.
“However, successive governments have been observing or celebrating the independence day with fun and fares. The diamond jubilee celebration comes up on 1st October, 2020 by that time we must have been sixty (60) years as a sovereign nation devoid of interference from other developed Nations.
“In this development, the state of Osun would not be left out and she has put in place an essay contest to promote reading culture and encouraging healthy, intellectual competition amongst the students of tertiary institutions who are Indigenes and residence of the State.
“In line with this commitment, the government of Osun in making a clarion call on bonafide Indigenes and residents of the state of Osun to participate in the essay Competition that is organized by the Ministry of Regional Integration and Special duties in Collaboration with the Ministry of Political Affairs and Inter-governmental Relations on the topic – “Moving Ahead Post Corona Virus Pandemic: Impact and Prospects of COVID-19 on the Economy””
Guidelines, Procedures and Eligibility for Participation in the Essay Competition
Below is the guidelines and procedures for eligibility for participation in the essay competition;
i) Entries received for the essay competition will be reviewed by distinguished panel of judges made up of academicians from reputable Nigerian Universities/Corporate sector, who will then shortlist twenty (20) essays for further assessment.
ii) The successful entries will be notified by email and SMS, and would be invited to the final assessment event. The selected essayists of the final assessment will receive their prizes and awards at an event which will be held at the Local Government Service Commission Hall on October 1st, 2020 by 12noon.
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iii) The essay must not exceed 1200 words and must be in Microsoft word format sent to email@example.com. The submission of the essay open Friday, 11th September, 2020 and closes on Friday, 25th September, 2020
iv) Applicants must include their contact information (Name, Institution, Home Address, Telephone Number and email address) at the end of their essays, and must attach State of Origin/Local Government Identification and School Identity Card.
v) Essays will be judged on the basis of originality, creativity, use of language and appropriateness to contest theme.
The competition is powered by the ministry of regional integration and special duties in collaboration with the ministry of political affairs and inter-governmental relations of the State of Osun.
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