By Goodluck B Ikiebe
The Etsako Central Local Government Area of Edo State has organized a maiden Essay Competition in memory of Dele Giwa to nurture students in the field of Journalism.
The LG Chairman, Hon. Solomon Obomighie, who laid wreath in Dele Giwa’s grave in Ugbekpe Ekperi, on Wednesday, lamented the absence of the renowned investigative Journalist, who was killed through a parcel bomb in Lagos during the administration of General Ibrahim Babangida.
Hon. Solomon Obomighie expressed emotional joy during his statement on a procession and laying of flowers on the grave and thereafter joined the young talents at the council hall in Fugar, Etsako Central headquarters, emphasizing his unwavering commitment to nurturing and empowering schools and students competing for the essay competition at the local government area.
He stated, “I am committed to raising young talents in the field of journalism, fostering intellectual growth, and bringing to light the desired developmental happening in the educational sector at Etsako Central LGA”, Obomighie assured.
The Dele Giwa Essay competition, which featured participation from both senior and secondary schools, was keenly judged by Lecturers, Mr. Anthony Ofunne, Mr. Mohammed Otono, and Mr. Utsalo Henry from the Department of Mass Communication, Auchi Polytechnic
*Dele Giwa Essay Competition Winners*
The winner of the essay competition in the junior category is Idegbo Elisha of Fugar Mixed Secondary School, while the runner up is Oshomokhai Kenneth from Saint John Secondary School, while Fidelis Abada from Pioneer Comprehensive College emerged third.
In the senior category, Patrick Stone took the first position from Pioneer High School, the second runner-up was Apekhena Stephen representing Ogbona Secondary School, while Agbor Grace from Oseme Secondary School came third.
The Local Government Spokesman, Anthony Igbanor, in a statement, notes that the panel of judges meticulously assessed the essays submitted by the students, evaluating their knowledge, creativity, and ability to articulate ideas effectively, resulting in winners.
“Hon. Solomon Obomighie also reiterated the importance of encouraging and supporting young individuals interested in journalism. He emphasized the significance of journalism as a catalyst for societal development, emphasizing the need for ethical reporting, objective analysis, and the pursuit of truth”.
The Dele Giwa Essay Competition serves as a platform for young writers in Etsako Central to express their thoughts and showcase their writing prowess.
Our Correspondent reports that the event witnessed the convergence of talented students and notable dignitaries from various sectors of society, while the organizing committee extends their sincere gratitude to Hon. Solomon Obomighie and all the individuals and sponsors who contributed to the success of the Dele Giwa Essay Competition 2024.