The Lagos State Ministry of Education has approved the 3rd edition of Chemistry Challenge for Secondary Schools, an initiative of PZ Cussons Foundation previously known as PZ Chemistry Challenge. A formal launch of the competition whose entries has been opened till November 4 is scheduled to hold on October 6. SS3 students in both public and private schools in the state are eligible to participate and are expected to send their free entries on or before November 4.
Apart from scholarships and cash rewards worth over N3 million for the finalists, the rest of the top 10, teachers and school of finalists, a four-month online Carex Hygiene challenge is slated to run from October with winners emerging every month.
Promising an improved edition, Carex Brand Manager, Oluwaseun Ayeni, says two students per school will be allowed to participate in the competition. He encouraged schools in the state to send their best chemistry students for the competition.
16 year old Emmanuel Ejiogu Onyekachi of Miketoy College, Ikotun, Lagos State, made history as he emerged winner of the maiden edition of PZ Cussons Chemistry Challenge (PZCCC). The SS3 pupil was rewarded with N700,000, a laptop, a trophy and gold medal, while his chemistry teacher, Mr Jossy Ogunniyi got N100, 000, Chemistry books worth N100, 000 were also presented to his school. Obi Uchenna David of Barachel College, Ifako-Agege, 1st runner-up was presented with a cheque of N500, 000, a laptop and silver medal, while his chemistry teacher, Mr Ojo Sunday also went home with N60, 000. His school also had chemistry books worth N50, 000.
Mgbemena Thankgod of Leeland International College, Oregun-Ikeja, finished as 2nd runner-up and got N400,000 cash prize, a laptop and bronze medal. His chemistry teacher, Mr Ugwoke Johnson Ikenna, won N40,000 while his school received N50,000 worth of chemistry books. 3rd runner-up Victor Ike-Okoro of Top Grade Secondary School, Surulere had a cash prize of N300, 000, a laptop and a consolation medal while his chemistry teacher, Mr Odinibe John Nnani got N20, 000 and his school had N50,000 worth of chemistry books.
Commissioner for Education, Mrs Olayinka Oladunjoye who was represented by the Director of Private Education and Special Programmes, Mrs Sewanu Amosu, lauded PZ Cussons for rekindling the passion for sciences in secondary schools. “Lagos State Government appreciates PZ Cussons for starting this off in Lagos. It shows that all is not lost in Nigeria.