The Sterling Bank has rewarded 51 top winners in its Mathematics competition with presentation of various cash awards totalling N3.65 million.
The keenly contested competition which initially produced ties for the first position, prompting a tie breaker test, saw seven pupils achieving the same score. The competition was sponsored by Sterling Bank Plc in collaboration with Caleb International Schools.
At the award ceremony, three pupils , Ogunsanwo Temilade Ayomikun, Ojo Opemiposi Esther and Ebiabkpo Abeokuta who came first, second and third respectively went home with cash prizes of N500,000, N300,000 and N200,000 respectively. They also got various branded gift items from Sterling Bank Plc.
Master Udo- Ozoagba Prosper (4th), Aromolaran Toluwase Daniel (5th), Awodola Winnie Eniola (6th) and Onyejekwe Chima Henry who came seventh went home with the sum of N150,000, N125,000, N100,000 and N75,000 respectively while 44 others got consolation prizes of N50,000 each.
Mr. Abubakar Suleiman, Sterling Bank’s Executive Director and Chief Finance Officer (CFO) who addressed the pupils and their parents/guardians commended them for putting up what he described as a superlative performance, adding that the keen competition among participants was evidence that all was not lost in the country’s education sector.
The Sterling Bank Executive Director who assured that the Bank will be willing to partner with any institution with credible initiatives to promote education in the country commended the Management of Caleb Schools for supporting the discovery of talents especially in the area of mathematics, often considered a major challenge to students and pupils.
He said: “These children have performed exceptionally well to the admiration of all. Sterling Bank is pleased to be associated with this project and their success story. As an institution that is committed to enriching lives in all aspects, we will continue to partner institutions that can add value to sustain this trend”.
In her remarks, the Executive Director, Caleb International Schools, Dr. (Mrs) Dolapo Ogunbanwo commended Sterling Bank for the initiative adding that the Bank had demonstrated clearly that it was socially responsible and committed to the upliftment of education in the country.
While congratulating the award winners, Dr. (Mrs.) Ogunbanwo lauded the parents for investing in the future of their children as manifested in their outstanding performance at the competition.
In his closing remarks, the Bank’s Group Head, Strategy & Communications, Mr. Shina Atilola explained that the Bank supported the competition to invest in the future of the children and encourage healthy competition among them.
His words: “We are in the digital age now and mathematics forms a major component. Without successfully passing Maths, University admission becomes a mere dream, so we have to join hands with schools to promote a core subject like Maths to stimulate interest in the subject”.