Ilorin female student wins NERC’s 3rd National Energy Essay Competition
A Kwara State secondary school girl of Lower Niger River Basin Development Authority Staff School, Ilorin, Aaeshah Najmuddeen, has won the year 2021 edition of the National Energy Essay Competition organized by Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).
Organisers of the competition said it was designed exclusively for students in Senior Secondary II and about two thousand entries were submitted by this category of students from all over the federation for this third edition.
The commission said it employed the service of a corporate professional organisation to assess the entries, consequent upon which the best of candidates emerged.
During a brief award presentation ceremony in Abuja, chairman of the commission, Engr. Sanusi Garba who was represented by the commissioner in charge of consumer affairs, Mrs. Aisha Mahmud, captured the essence of the event, saying it includes a systemic creation of awareness to NERC activities through promotion of intellectual competition among young generation at secondary school level.
She explained that the commission is seriously challenged by danger associated with energy theft and hence the topic for this year competition was ‘Electricity Theft and Its Implications for the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry’.
Mrs. Mahmud further explained that if energy theft is not checked, it is capable of further compounding the Nigerian power sector issues.
In his remarks, Engineer Chidi Ike, the commissioner, engineering, performance and monitoring, during the brief ceremony reiterated the determination of NERC to deal with problems facing the power sector with creativity and innovation.
He said one of the identified measures is to draw the attention of consumers to this burning issue through enlightenment programmes, like this energy essay competition.
The hallmark of the occasion was the presentation of the award to the first-place winner, Aaeshah Najmuddeen, and her conferment as NERC Ambassador.
The best candidate went home with N500, 000.00 cash gift from the commission while the second and third places received N300, 000.00 and N200,000.00 respectively.
There are other cash gifts to the schools of the winners and their English language teachers.
In her remarks of appreciation on behalf of other awardees, Aaeshah Najmuddeen thanked NERC the opportunity extended to the young Nigerian students.
Understanding that enlightened customers are better customers, she promised to be worthy and active ambassador of the commission.
She also pledged to be part of the solution providers to the numerous problems bedeviling the power supply sector through championing an innovative revolution of awareness-creation around the statutory mandate and activities of NERC.
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