By Stanley Onyekwere
In a bid to promote excellence in education among the youth in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Shamudo Spelling organized a spelling bee competition, with participants drawn from primary and secondary schools in the nation’s capital
The event which had about 22 primary and secondary schools participating, attracted highly placed members of the society and Nollywood, including the former Niger State Governor, Dr. Mua’azu Babangida Aliyu, who is the grand patron of the NGO and popular actors, Charles Awurum and Emmanuel Fred, among others.
Speaking at the event, Aliyu advised the organizers, students, parents, public and private sectors to promote more engagement in extra-curricular activities.
He said: “Our pupils and students, you have sacrificed your time to be here and let us know what you have been studying.
“My advice to you is that you must engage in extra-curricular activities.Please read and read and read; ensure you keep your certificates, do not allow rats to eat them.
The grand patron continued; “Always bear in mind the sacrifices your parents are making, to get your uniform and school fees, when they give you rice, they eat eba.
“when you grow, the responsibility will switch. Dont play with this opportunity.
“Parents, pay attention to the education of your children, pay attention to the kinds of friends they keep, but dont go attacking their teachers when they err, report them to appropriate authorities, so they do not copy such habit from you.”
He equally presented awards to teachers, police officer, and others who were selected based on nomination process.
Also speaking, Coordinator, Shamudo Spelling Bee, Comrade John Anyebe, appealed for adequate attention to educational programmes such as extra curricular activities.
Anyebe, who underscored the importance of giving children qualitative education, urged parents and teachers to make it a reality, ‘so that the future of our children would be brighter.’
He however expressed profound gratitude to the grand patron, Head, FCT Call Centre, Dr. Jumai Ahmadu and other supporters of the NGO.
At the end of the competition, some of the prizes given out to winners inluded a bicycle, galaxy tab, text books and medals, among others.