RMRDC encouraging science education through financial grants

The Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC), has again encouraged school children monetarily in the ‘catch-them-young’ Annual Raw Materials Quiz Competition for secondary schools in Nigeria, to aid them in embracing science studies. BINTA SHAMA reports.

RMRDC encouraging science studies 

The catch-them-young programme, is said to be an initiative of the RMRDC where children across the entire states of Nigeria, are encouraged to participate in science subjects.

Speaking during the official commencement of the ceremony, the Director-General RMRDC Professor Hussain Doko Ibrahim, said that one of the aims of the competition was for the students to evaluate their knowledge on available local raw materials, and thus, participate in the production of locally made goods.

“The Federal Government, aspires that the quiz competition would instill the culture of using raw materials in science, technology and innovation in the hearts of the young ones, as the country is endowed with great mineral resources.

Being represented by the Director, Plant Design and Development Department, Egnr. Emmanuel Kwaya, the DG further said that another major aim of the programme, is to enlighten the youngsters in a practical manner.

“We’re educating these young people practically, to become conversant with our nation’s natural resources i.e. raw materials. As this would be a pivotal platform for citizens to have knowledge to produce our own goods from our local resources, support sustainable development, and ensure we are not reliant on developed nations. This would help them become great managers and entrepreneurs, and it’ll boost the country’s economy.

“Like I’ve always urged the young ones especially, the earlier we start utilizing what we have on ground as a nation, the better the economy will become. There’s so much wealth the nation is endowed with and it’s our hope that our young people will imbibe Science, Technology and Innovation (STI). However, add value to the nation and move Nigeria’s resources to the next level of developed nation and no longer a developing one.”

NIRSAL’s take

While declaring the programme open as the Chairman of the event, the Managing Director/CEO of Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL), Abbas Umar Masanawa, said the competition aligns with the vision and mission of promoting the development and transformation of the agricultural sector in Nigeria of his organisation.

“Would like to congratulate the RMRDC for initiating and sustaining the Raw Materials Quiz Competition for Secondary Schools in Nigeria, a veritable platform for inspiring and nurturing the interest and passion of young Nigerians in raw materials research and development.

“Let me also congratulate all the participants who emerged from a rigorous and competitive process of selection from the 36 states of the Federation and the FCT. You have demonstrated your brilliance and excellence in the field of raw materials research and development, and you have made your schools, states, and the nation proud. You are the future leaders and entrepreneurs of the raw materials sector, and I urge you to continue to pursue your dreams and aspirations with diligence and dedication,” Masanawa added.

Earlier, the Director-General/CEO, Energy Commission of Nigeria, Mustapha Abdullahi, said, the initiative through the event, would help to spur Nigeria’s Industrialization and economic growth in line with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s agenda for Renewed Hope.

RMRDC collaborates NYSC to catch them young 

Chairman RMRDC quiz competition, Asabe Mustapha said that, the quiz competition is to catch them young. “Let them know what raw material is all about and know where all the natural resources in Nigeria are found. So if they are interested in being entrepreneurs, they will know the best state to invest in. “After this, we will be introducing the raw materials club, which will be in secondary schools as well and partnering the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), introduce production flow charts of products to educate them on it, so the students are educated and youth corps members can take it as their community development service of teaching students in schools.”

Comment from outgone chairman

In his remarks, the Former Chairman Coordinating Committee of the Quiz Competition Dr. James Baba said the schools and students were carefully selected for the programme. Adding that, these ones would make the nation proud competing with other pupils across the shores of Nigeria.

Later that evening after the quiz competition, during the cocktail ceremony, in an interview, the Director General Services RMRDC Dr. Valerie Ehimiaghe commended the idea of a cocktail for all participating schools. To have an opportunity to relax and mingle with others before returning back to base. “As the saying goes that, ‘all work and no play, makes….’ You know the rest! This will also help them connect with one another.

The school that won the grand prize, Oritamefa Baptist Model School in Oyo state, received a million naira (N1,000,000).  While, Hill City College, Ilorin, Kwara State was the first runner-up with a prize tag of five hundred thousand naira (N500,000), and the Federal Government College, Okposi, Ebonyi State as the second runner-up in the quiz competition, receives the direthree hundred thousand naira (N300,00) amongst other educational materials presented to all participants.

The students who participated in the competition lauded the RMRDC especially the Director General for the opportunity to be exposed to the natural resources around them and promised to utilize the knowledge acquired.