Report from Federal Ministry of Education.
Federal Government Girls’ College, Lejja, Enugu State has emerged overall winner of the quiz competition organized by the Federal Ministry of Education for Federal Government Colleges across the country, as part of activities to mark the 2013 World Environment Day. Miss Ugwu Chidera, FGGC, Lejja scored the highest points to grab the 1st position among the 17 contestants that participated at the grand finale of the competition.
While speaking at the prize-giving ceremony held in Abuja on Thursday, 15th May, 2014, the Permanent Secretary, Dr. MacJohn Nwaobiala said that by celebrating World Environment Day, “We remind ourselves and others of the importance of caring for our environment.”
“Given the enormous balance in lifestyles and the resultant devastating effects on the environment, the 2013 theme – Think, Eat, Save – encourages us to become more conscious of the environmental impact of the food choices we make and empowers us to make informed decisions”, he said.
The Permanent Secretary, represented by the Director of Basic and Secondary Education, Barr. Daniel C Uwaezuoke, said that the annual World Environment Day bring to fore the negative effects of climate change and environmental degradation. He said the day is marked around the world in many ways, including street rallies, bicycle parades, green concerts, poster competitions, quiz and essay competitions schools among others.
In his welcome address, the Director, Technology and Science Education, Engr. Michael K Ofor, said that conserving the environment is not only the business of government or environmentalists but the responsibility of everyone.
“This Ministry appreciates the importance of the environment and has therefore, resolved to create the awareness among our students and their teachers”, he said.
He said that the quiz competition to mark the 2013 World Environment Day started at the zonal level which was held in all the six geo-political zones on June, 2013, but the final could not be held eelier than now; adding that it is one of the many ways to raise consciousness on the importance of preserving the environment.
Engr. Ofor used the occasion to present environment observing equipment promised by the Supervising Minister of Education, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, to some schools. The benefiting schools are: Queens’ College, Yaba, Lagos, Federal Government College, Ikom, Cross River State, Federal Government Girls’ College, Umuahia, Abia State, Federal Government College, Keffi, Nasarawa State, Federal Government Girls’ College, Bakori, Katsina State and Federal Science College, Sokoto, Sokoto State.
While presenting the equipment, the Director said that the Minister had in the last edition of the World Environment Day, promised to provide the equipment to those Federal Colleges that have consistently participated in the observance of the day and other environmental issues.
The Unity Colleges that participated at the grand finale of the 2013 World Environment Day include FGGC, Lejja, FGGC, Onitsha, FGC, Port Harcourt, FGGC, Jalingo, FGGC, Keana, FGC Keffi, FGGC, Zaria, FGC, Okigwe, FGGC, Kabba.
Others were FSTC, Ilesha, FGGC, Umuahia and FGC, Ijanikin, Lagos.
Miss Anyanwu Enuma of FGGC, Onitsha and Master Anyaogu Ojichukwu of FGC, Port Harcourt, emerged 2nd and 3rd respectively.
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