Medical student emerges winner of NIMASA maritime essay
By Udeme Clement & Silas Onuoha
A second year Medical student from Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, Miss Elizabeth Ezekiel, has emerged the winner of the maritime essay competition, organised by Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), to mark the 201,7 World Maritime Day.
Miss Ezekiel’s essay was adjudged the best out of 180 entries by an independent panel of judges on the topic “Connecting Ships, Ports and People” which is the theme for the 2017 WMD celebration.
Accordingly, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi presented Miss Ezekiel with N500,000.00 education grant, a laptop and plaque for her outstanding performance.
In the same vein, a 200 level student of Dentistry and Dental Surgery, University of Ibadan, David Adetula, came second and was presented with education grant of N350,000.00, a laptop computer and a plaque by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Marine Transport, Senator Ahmed Rufai Sani.
The second runner up, Habeebullah Asudemade, a first year Law student, University of Ibadan, went home with a grant of N250,000.00, a laptop and a plaque presented to him by Mohammed Umaru Bago, the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration.
Also, seven other students were also presented with consolation prizes of N100,000.00 education grant each by the Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside.
They student include Ogochukwu Jesse, a student of Combined Arts University of Nigeria Nsukka, Angela Eze of Agricultural Extension, University of Nigeria Nsukka, Sarah Iortsor studying Chemistry in Benue State University Makurdi and Michael Adekanbi who of the Insurance department, University of Lagos. Others were Laurene Ekwugha studying Medicine and Surgery at the University of Nigeria Nsukka, Rukaiya Labaran of Physics Education department, University of Jos and Adekolajo Fasiku of the History Department, University of Ibadan.
Speaking on the sidelines of the event, Peterside called on the winners to remain dedicated to their studies. He expressed hope that the education grant given to the winners will contribute in supporting their scholarly activities.
The essay competition that drew entries from all over the country was part of the Agency’s commitment to get the youths involved in the Nigerian project in general, and the intellectual discourse on harnessing the potentials of the maritime industry.