The National Orientation Agency (NOA) is planning an elaborate National Essay Competition ahead of Nigeria’s centenary celebration next year.
The NOA Director General, Mr. Mike Omeri made this known during an award ceremony held on Wednesday for ten National Youth Corps members who emerged winners of the 2012/2013 edition of the annual essay competition. He disclosed that the next edition would be more robust, featuring real time discussions, debates and presentations that would avail Nigerians the opportunity to access ideas from Nigerian youths for national development.
Omeri however charged the youth to decode existing strategies for national development and situate their interests within those strategies in order to achieve self-preservation and self-reliance, stressing that only then can Nigeria cope with the increasing job demands of its youth.
In his remarks, the Chief Executive Officer of the Yakubu Gowon Foundation, Mr. Dan Tenshek commended the NOA for its continued support as the sole sponsor of the Yakubu Gowon Foundation National Youth Essay Competition. He said the Agency, by its goodwill, was constantly interpreting the vision of the foundation and urged corporate Nigeria to buy into the partnership to build the youth and the nation.
Tenshek also hinted that the winning essays of both 2011 and 2012, being the first two editions, would soon be published to allow Nigerians share the thoughts of the youth.
The NOA/Yakubu Gowon Foundation National Essay Competition was established in 2011 to grant expression to the creativities of Nigerian youth for national development and has serving National Youth Service Corps members as participants. The star prize winner for the 2012/2013 edition, Mr. David Folorunsho went home with the sum of N300,000 while the first and second runners-up went home with N200,000 and N100,000 respectively. Consolation prizes of N50,000 were given to seven other awardees while all ten awardees received certificates in addition to the cash awards.