Dr Chioma Nwachuku, General Manager, External Affairs and Communications, Seplat Petroleum Development Company PLC, says Seplat has impacted 45,140 students under the company’s Pearls quiz since its inception in 2012.
Dr Nwachuku, while making the disclosure on Thursday in Benin at the Seplat 2020 annual Pearls Quiz Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme, added that the company has also introduced a programme called STEM–Seplat Teachers Empowerment Programme, which according to is kicking off with 100 teachers from Delta and Edo.
At the end of the quiz, St. Michael academy, Benin City, winner of this year’s Seplat Petroleum Development Company plc’s Pearls Quiz Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme was awarded a cash prize of N7million, while the participating students (three) from the school went away with N100,000 each.
The runner up, MC Nell secondary school, Delta State clinched N3m, and participating students (three) from the school went home with N75,000 each while the third place school, Gloryland academy, Igarra secured N1m and students who participated in the quiz went home with N50,000 each.
According to Dr. Nwachuku, the Pearls quiz which began in 2012 is targeted to improving the educational standards of the host states of Edo and Delta.
She said, “Let me reel out some of the benefits we have directly impacted in this programme. We have impacted 45,140 students since 2012, and over 35 of them are in the universities. And two of them have benefited from our scholarship scheme in the university, while one of them has served the internship programme at Seplat.
“It is a course that is very rewarding because we know that If you look at the Sustainable Development Goals, this one addresses number four which is education.
“We know as a nation, education is one part that play a key role because the impact it has is for economic growth of the country.
“As a core from Seplat, we know the importance of education, we have ran this program for 8 years. In addition to the students, we have also introduced a program called STEM–Seplat Teachers Empowerment Programme.
“So, this programme will target the teachers and it is beginning next week; we are taking a 100 teachers for a start, and through the period of six months we will put them through how to teach in a way and manner that will impact the students.”