The Osun State Ministry of Regional Integration and Special Duties has announced registration for the 2021 National Essay Competition in the state.
The commencement of registration for the 2nd edition of the annual National Essay Competition was made known by the Osun State Commissioner for Regional Integration and Special Duties, Hon. Olalekan Badmus, via a statement made available to AMILOADED on Tuesday
The annual Essay Competition was introduced in commemoration of Nigeria`s Independence Day celebration.
The commissioner stated that applicants must either be citizens of Osun State or residents within Osun State, adding that the 2021 Essay Competition has been modified to accommodate students from in public and private secondary schools operating and located within Osun State.
Hon. Badmus stated, “This year’s edition has been modified to accommodate students from Public and Private Secondary Schools operating and located within Osun state. The choice of topics for this year’s edition in both categories was carefully scripted to promote creative and analytical thinking in students while helping them become problem solvers.
“In year 2020, seven hundred and fifty six (756) entries were received from fourty three (43) degree awarding institutions. Master Abosede Oyinlola (OAU) came first, while Miss Stella Adewuyi (Adeleke University) and Master Sheriff Adelu (OAU) came first and second runner up respectively. The winners were rewarded with cash prizes, plot of land, laptops, iPads, mobile phones from Osun state government, private companies and individuals.”
SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS
Topic – “Using SWOT analysis, discuss extensively Osun State 30th Anniversary and the future ahead: My Perspective” (Entries MUST NOT be less than 1,200 words)
TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS STUDENTS
Topic – “Unveiling the security architecture and daunting challenges in all the geopolitical zones of Nigeria and proffer working solutions towards a peaceful, sustainable and indivisible Nigeria” (Entries MUST NOT be less than 1,800 words)
GUIDELINES AND RULES FOR PARTCIPATION
The commissioner stated that, “Submissions are open to students who are either citizens of Osun state or resident in Osun State.
“The essay must not be less than 1,200 words for secondary schools students and not less than 1,800 words for tertiary institutions students.
“Entries must be submitted as attachment in Microsoft Word or PDF format ONLY.
“Detailed information of the entrants should be included at the beginning of the essay which must include name, contact address, name of school or institution, email address, phone number.”
The statement further stated that “all entrants must attach their local government of identification certificate, and school identity card.”
The commissioner added, “There will be a winner, a first runner up, and a second runner up in both categories of the essay competition.
“The category of the entrant should be the subject of the mail. (SECONDARY SCHOOL or TERTIARY INSTITUTION).
“Only one entry is allowed per entrant, multiple entries from the same entrant will lead to disqualification.
“Submissions that do not follow the rules and guidelines of the essay competition will be disregarded.
“Only twenty five (25) successful participants will be contacted in each category after thorough scrutiny and assessment by our panelists. Entries will be judged on the basis of originality, creativity, good expression of English language and relevance to essay topic.”
The deadline for submission of all entries is Tuesday, August 31, 2021.
All entries should be submitted to email@example.com
“The prize presentation day for the essay competition will hold on Friday, 1st of October, 2021,” the statement read.