A 16-year-old Uwem Nkereuwen of Goodnews Community Secondary School, Akwa Ibom state has bagged the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) essay competition.
Mr Danielson Akpan, National President of the association made this known in an interview with Newsmen in Abuja on Friday.
Akpan, however, declared the winner the honourary National president of NANS for a day, saying he will act for a period of 24 hours.
” Having been declared as the winner of the keenly contested essay competition, Master Nkereuwem is now the President of NANS for a day.
“He will preside over the affairs of the largest black students movement from 12 midnight on August 30 to 12midnight August 31.
“You should relate with him as NANS President for the period. I can say with great conviction that the winner is not only brilliant, but also intelligent.”
Akpan also noted that the winner brilliantly top the essay competition titled ‘ Youthful Governance: Panacea to Nigeria Leadership Problem’.
He said the entries was thrown open to secondary schools students across the country as interested students were asked to submit their writeup within 24 hours.
He said that from the entries collated, Nkereuwen essay was exceptional judging by his timeliness, composure and content.
” A panel was constituted to vet the essay written by the selected entries and the criteria for judging is timeliness, maximum supervision and other things.
” The entries were collated and the students were called to present and defend their writeup before we came to the conclusion of picking the best.
However, speaking in a telephone interview with Nkereuwen, he said he felt elated receiving the award from the association.
Nkereuwen added that he got to know about the call for an essay competition by the association 24 hours before its closure adding that he was able to put his thoughts together to submit his essay.
” I am very happy to have received the honour of being a National President of NANS for one day. It is a great honour and i want to thank God for the grace.
” I also want to thank the association for giving me a cash prize of N50,000 for my outstanding performance in the competition though i know i was not the only person who participated but i believe i was exceptional.”
He, therefore, called on students to take their education serious as it was the only means of having a greater future.