Nigeria at 60: Osun Organises Essay Competition Among Undergraduates(See Guidelines And Prizes)

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Osun state government house

As part of activities marking this year’s Independence Day celebration in Nigeria, the Osun state government has concluded plans to organise an essay competition for students of tertiary institutions.

In a press release jointly signed by Hon. Olalekan Badmus, Commissioner for Regional Integration and Special Duties and Hon. Taiwo Akeju, Commissioner for Political Affairs and Inter-governmental Relations in the state said the competition is to promote reading culture among Nigerian students.

The release, a copy of which was seen by VOICE AIR MEDIA on Friday said, the essay competition comes with prizes including laptop computer, tablets and cash prizes.

The statement reads in full: “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 a programme that will promote reading culture and encouraging healthy, intellectual competition amongst the students of tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

“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”

“The guidelines and procedures for eligibility for participation in the essay Competition are stated below;

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 assessement.

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

iii) Furthermore, the essay must not exceed 1200 words and must be in Microsoft word format sent to [email protected] 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 winners of the essay competition will be rewarded with Laptop, tablets and cash prizes. 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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