As part of efforts to boost quality education in the state, the management of Benue Investment and Property Company (BIPC) Limited has launched the first edition of the Benue Schools’ Quiz Challenge.
Managing Director of BIPC Limited, Mr. Alex Adum while pointing out the first edition of the quiz challenge organized by BIPC in collaboration with Radio Benue Makurdi at Government Girls College (GGC), Makurdi, said the initiative is part of the Corporate’s Corporate Social Responsibility Projects (CSR).
He explained that Benue Schools’ Quiz Challenge is one of the supporting programs that BIPC undertakes apart from the WAEC Best Student Award, recalling that last year, Joy Enyi, who achieved nine accolades in WASSCE, received the sum of N500,000 to study at a Nigerian university.
Adum added that the same gesture will be replicated this year through an ongoing partnership between BIPC and the Eunice Spring of Life Foundation, a pet project of the state governor’s wife, Dr. Eunice Ortom.
According to him, the BIPC had already reached agreements to award a total sum of N1 million to the top graduate student of Benue State University, Makurdi, to pursue a master’s degree in a Nigerian university.
Regarding the significance of the Benue Schools Quiz Challenge competition, the BIPC boss said the main objective is to promote the culture of reading and encourage students who have engaged in studies to achieve excellence. .
Adum, however, recalled that Radio Benue had in the past anchored the school’s challenge program but could no longer support it due to lack of funds; hence the partnership and the intervention of BIPC to relaunch the competition considering that education is the key to the success of peoples and national development.
In his address, the Managing Director of Radio Benue, Dr. Charles Iornumbe, on behalf of the Society, congratulated BIPC under the leadership of Mr. Adum, for resuscitating the program initiated by the station in the past.
He assured stakeholders that the quiz challenge would be watched around the world as Radio Benue now has the ability to live stream its transmission. Iornumbe expressed his gratitude to the Benue State government led by Governor Samuel Ortom for approving the release of funds for the purchase of new transmitters and other studio equipment for the station.
He, however, called on the government to restore Government Girls College to its former boarding school status, adding that the school had been chosen to run the school quiz challenge because of Ms Ortom’s passion and interest, as well as of consideration for the school.