By Aminu Imam
Bibo-Oluwa Academy (Secondary School) Ilesha, Osun state has emerged winner of the 2014 Annual Quiz Competition on capital market for secondary schools in Nigeria organised by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Nigeria.
The competition, which started early November all over the country at state level and zonal levels culminated in the Grand Finale held in Abuja, Wednesday.
Following closely in second position was Abdulrasheed Raji Special School, Sokoto while Community Secondary School Okposhi, Ebonyi State emerged third.
Other schools that participated in the finals are Government Secondary School, Akim Calabar, Cross Rivers State which came first among other five secondary schools from the South-South zone of the country, Chapel Secondary School Tanke, Ilorin, Kwara State from North-Central zone and Federal Government College, Azaure Bauchi State from North-East zone.
In her remarks, Minister of State for Education, who was Special Guest of Honour, Viola Onwuliri described the event as a huge inspiration and encouragement to the children.
Onwuliri said that with events like the quiz, school children will be trained to be all round so that they can hold their own in any economic environment.
According to her, ” the Transformation Agenda of the present administration, we are diversifying the curriculum in our schools and what we are doing here today will enable these young people to be able to fit in anywhere.
Onwuliri said she is proud of the Nigerian educational systems given the good products that have emerged from it and frowned at parents who send their children abroad to school saying that the Nigerian educational system is still very good.
She assured that the present administration is committed to reversing the decay in the educational system and urged Nigerians to join hands with the government to reverse the trend.
Sponsored by the apex regulator of Nigerian Capital Market, the SEC Nigeria, the competition is part of the Commission’s strategies at bringing the capital market closer to the people as well as developing the market. Tagged: ‘Catch them young’, the competition is also aimed at inculcating savings culture in our youths.
The SEC Nigeria, as the apex regulator of the Nigerian capital Market, performs the dual roles of market regulation and development and had in 2004 infused Capital Market studies into six subjects of the Senior Secondary school.
Also, the Commission is sponsoring Capital Market studies in some Nigerian Universities. These include, ABU and University of Lagos.