DSP’s aide unveils winners of Covid-19 essay competition

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By Shola Abayomi.

The Senior Special Assistant (Students) to the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, in partnership with the Oscar Obi Youth and Children Literacy Foundation has unveiled winners of its maiden ‘Covid-19 Stayhome Essay Competition for Nigerian Students’.

The foundation had on April 6, thrown open entries for students of Nigerian origin studying in any post-primary/tertiary institution in the country on the following topics:

1. Being opportuned to stand before the UN General Assembly, make your recommendations to avert the imminent global economic recession, occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic and suggest immediate ways to come out of one.

2. Give your advice to the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on URGENT ways to further strengthen the Health and Educational sectors using legislative interventions, bearing in mind the Nation’s current economic realities.

3. As a researcher in infectious and communicable diseases, give your advice to the three tiers of government on roles to play, policies to put in place and measures to ensure that diseases such as Covid-19 is contained on time with zero or minimal casualties.

4. Statistics show that thousands of Nigerians go into extreme poverty monthly, thereby increasing the alarming rate of unemployment. Suggest short-term and long-term measures that will address this problem. Also identify the roles to be played by the people and the government in achieving your goals.

5. Security of Lives and Properties remains the elementary role of any government. In practical terms, what will you do differently to sustain this assertion……If you’re elected the President of the nation or the Governor of your state.

Reeling out the winners, the Senior Special Assistant to the Deputy President of the Senate (Students Matters), Barr Oscar Obi, tweeted:

It was gathered that while the winner received the sum of N20,000, the first and second runners-up were credited with N15,000 and N10,000 respectively.

Obi commended the efforts of the 22 participants in the contest, while urging them to look forward to the second edition.

See general score sheet of participants below:

S/No Names of Candidates Institution/Department/question




Reasoning & presentation Total


1. Mohammed Umar Muazu University of Maduguri

Faculty of Agriculture




15 25
2. Ogbaga Sunday Thomas Amadu Bello University

Business Administration


40 38 78
3. Nwabueze Salvation Chinedu Nnamdi Azikiwe university. Law student


30 30 60
4. Akuma Victor Chibuike University of Nigeria Nsukka Mass communication, Q.2 35 35  


5. Okeke Nnenna Bernadine Federal College of Education Umunze. Computer Science. Q. 1 30 10 40
6. Okonkwo Anurika Nneamaka Nnamdi Azikiwe University,

Psychology. Q.5

15 20 35
7. Nze Ijeoma Rosemary University of Abuja,

Animal Sciences, Q.2

5 10 15
8. Abdulmumin Fedila Not indicated, Q. 4 30 20 50
9. Samuel Samson Tobiloba University of Ibadan, Dentistry/Dental surgery. Q. 4  


10 30
10. Fatima Suleiman yero Ahmadu bello University Zaria,

Civil Law. Q.1

30 35 65
11. Elendu Chinaza Favour University of Abuja, banking and finance. Q.4  


10 40
12. Nkwoemeka paschal Arinze Esut, Economics. Q.4 30 10 40
13. Ashinze Emmanuel Okebunor University of Benin,

Civil Engineering, Q.3

45 20 65
14. Nwadimuya David C University of Lagos

Agriculture, Q.1

45 30 75
15. Kolawole Sodiq Adeniyi Lodoka Akintola University of technology, Medical Physiology, Q.3 45 35 80
16. Nwadon Aquila Okonta University of Benin. Computer Sciences, Q.2  




17. Sahla Shuaibu Government Junior Secondary School, Agyana, Abuja. J.S 2, Q.2 30 20  


18. Edet Samuel Effiong University of Calabar,

Political Sciences, Q.1





19. Nwokpor Nnaemeka Cellins Afe Babalola University, Ekiti

Medicine and Surgery. Q.1





20. Akinlaja Felix University of Ibadan

Clinical Sciences, Q.4

38 38  


21. Izebe Evbogame University of Benin

Dentistry, Q.5

20 25  


22. Isarinade David Timilehin University of Ilorin, Kwara State, Medicine & Surgery, Q.3 27 23 50

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