Following the end of the Nigerian Communications Agency’s (NCC) 2021 Essay Competition, the commission has now made good on its commitment to award the winners.
Over 2,000 entries were received from 97 public and private tertiary institutions for the competition, according to Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). Esther Oluwabukola Gbeja, a 600-Level student of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Ilorin, was declared the overall winner.
Gbeja was awarded N500, 000.00 in cash, a laptop, and a printer, while the first runner-up, Moses Nosa Edosa, a final-year Accounting student at the University of Port Harcourt, won only N300, 000.00 in cash.
The third prize was awarded to the two second-place finishers in the competition. MarcPatrick Efevuriri Efeni, a 200-Level Cybersecurity student at the Air Force Institute of Technology in Kaduna, and Nasiru Abdul Karim, a 400-Level Computer Engineering student at the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, were tied for third place with the same number of points. They were each given a monetary prize of N200, 000. The EVC stated that NCC warmly accepted the additional incentive as a token of encouragement due to the tie for third place.
The topic for this year’s essay competition, “5G Technology: Opportunities & Challenges,” was chosen with care, according to Danbatta, to guarantee that the kids have a thorough understanding of the new technology. He claimed that the deployment of 5G technology, which the Commission plans to begin in 2022, will help Nigeria’s lively youth population greatly.
The NCC organized the essay competition to raise awareness and knowledge among telecoms stakeholders in the country, particularly among young people. Surprisingly, the competition is defined by large reactions in the number of articles submitted by students every year. Despite the fact that the Commission was able to organize three of these national essay competitions, the resulting social and emotional equality has had significant and quantifiable effects for the Commission as a leading Nigerian public sector brand.