West African Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCo) held its annual quiz competition for schools and students in Ado-Odo Ota local government area of Ogun State recently at Maridom Hotel Event Hall, Toll gate, Ogun State.
The company, which has its headquarters in Accra, Ghana hosted the event for invited 10 schools which only 8 schools participated in, These schools include: Iganmodel Grammar School; Unity Senior High School; Sango Ota High School; Agbara Community Senior High School; Ajogbo Grammar School; Itoki Community High School; Owode Ota Grammar School and Iyesi Ota High School.
The reigning champion from the last competition is Itoki Community High School. The Master of Ceremony was popular TV personality, Pastor Adewole Dosunmu of Ogun State Television (OGTV).
The program kicked off by 11am after the arrival of the students and their teachers.It started with games and fun as compere engaged the kids in karaoke as winners of the segment were given cash prizes, some special guests such as the Chairman of the Onodekun in Council and other local Chiefs, Mr Tope Shodeinde of WAPCo and a representative of the Permanent Secretary for Ministry for Education, Science and Technology, Ogun State, Mr Olanipekun were present.
To welcome the guests and hosting company Mr Olanipekun addressed the crowd by commending WAPCo’s CSR effort in the past and its current effort in supporting education and improving reading culture.
He also admonished the students to see the competition as an opportunity to imbibe virtues relevant to their future. He further encouraged the organizer to extend this program to other communities and local governments across the state. finally to the participating students he said “see yourselves as winners no matter what happens during this competition”.
Afterwards, the compere launched the quiz with general questions for all the students on their knowledge of WAPCo and students who answered correctly were given consolation prizes of beautifully designed WAPCo hardback notebooks.
The main competition began as 3 representatives were called forward from each school. The first round began with the MC who also doubled as the quiz master outlining the rules of the competition.
The first round of questions were on the use of English Language. Each correct answers attracted 3 points each and the use of calculators and mobile phones were disallowed. Mr Tope Shodeinde acted as the scorer while Miss Bola Solate, Publisher PublicFaces magazine occupied the position of Timekeeper. With this established, the competition swung into full action with each turn lasting for 45 seconds.
The first round ended with the elimination of two schools; the last competition reigning school Itoki Community High Schools and Iyesi Ota High School. While, students that were part of the audience who answered questions correctly were also given consolation prizes. The second round was based on Mathematics. In this round, Ajogbo Grammar School came out on top with 6 points and this automatically qualified them for the final round while the other four were to slug it out in an elimination round.
Furthermore, there was a brief interlude in which the students were engaged in a dancing competition with representatives from each school. Winners were chosen and later given gifts. The elimination round of Government studies questions saw Sango Ota High School out of the race, while the remaining 3 schools joined Ajogbo in the final round.
The final round questions consist of Physics, Chemistry, English and Biology questions, in that order. This grueling round eliminated Owode Ota, crowned Ajogbo as the winner and settled the tie between Agbara Senior High and Unity Senior High, bringing the competition to a close with Ajogbo Grammar School being declared the winner of WAPCo 2019 quiz competition with Agbara Senior High and Unity Senior High coming second and third respectively.
Refreshments were served and the presentation of gifts follows immediately. Prizes consisting Crystal trophy, laptop computer sets, mathematical sets and a table full of book on all subjects were given to all final standing schools and other consolation prizes to each school representatives and other students who performed excellently well.
The best student of the competition, Agbadobi Mercy, who was rewarded for her promptness in answering most of the questions, was given a cash prize of ten thousand naira along with other stationery..
Mercy speaking to our correspondent Mary Aborele, said, “we are very happy and we appreciate the efforts of WAPCo for what they have done to encourage students to read very hard. This will enable me to improve in my academic performance.”
All other contestants that made the first three were also given a dictionary each and stationery such as books, textbooks, pencil case, math set and calculators, and a grand prize of a laptop for each of the school that made the top 3.
On a final note, vote of thanks was given first by Mr Tope Shodeinde on behalf of WAPCo followed by Mr Adewole Dosunmu who thanked WAPCo for their efforts and the very foundation on which the program is set.
Some of the staff and students of the winning schools showed their excitement and gratefulness to WAPCo.
In their words;
“We say a very big thanks to WAPCo for organizing this competition to increase the level of education in the community” – Mayokun Musa, Unity High School.
“I feel great and I’m highly elated. We were aiming at first because we got second last year but we are really grateful to WAPCo and look forward to getting invited next year.” – Staff of Agbara Community School.
“We really appreciate WAPCo, the organizers of this event…The books would be put in our library and the computer will be of help to us in our computer department and of course, merely winning this will serve as an eye opener for other students..it pays to read..” – Staff of Ajogbo Grammar School
“We say a big thank you to WAPCo for this and we want to thank our teachers who encouraged us and drilled us to be bold…we want to encourage others not to give up and try harder but we will also come prepared to win next time…” – Akinade Maryam, Ajogbo Grammar School (student)