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    Secondary School Students Dazzle Engineers at NSE Ota Maiden STEM Competition, Win Prizes

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    By Isqil Najim and Ade Bajomo

    The Maiden Edition of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Competition for Secondary Schools organized by the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Ota has been won by students of Covenant University Secondary School, Ota, Ogun State.

    Three schools, Covenant University Secondary School (CUSS), Ota; the Bells University Comprehensive Secondary School, Ota; and the Living Proof College, Ota, Ogun State, which emerged as finalists after a meticulous screening process were each given opportunity to pitch their ideas and provide solutions to waste management challenge in the country. It held at the Chemical engineering department of Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State.

    While introducing the students and their teachers, Engr. Dr Edith Alagbe, a Chemical Engineer and STEM Committee Chairman, said, based on the theme of the competition, “Waste Management Strategies in Nigeria” each school is to propose modern techniques and sustainable ways of managing the challenges of Wastes in the country. She said that the goal of NSE Ota Branch is to prepare the Students for the future in STEM career. She noted that the efforts will be more appreciated when the students reach positions where the knowledge and skills are applied to the society.

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    At the end of their presentations, Covenant University Secondary School, (CUSS) Ota was adjudged winner. The first runner up was Bells University Comprehensive Secondary School while Living Proof College Ota was second Runner Up.

    The winning Covenant University Secondary School (CUSS), Ota team comprises Ms. Bajulaiye Damilola, Ms. Abodurin Oluwatemipe supported by Mr. Awodiya Oluwadamilola. They attended the event in company of their teachers, Mrs Olaide Ogunnusi (Science Teacher) and Mr. Ahonsi. Others Bells University Comprehensive Secondary School, Ota comprising Musa Abdulrahman and Onyema Mirabel, who are accompanied by their teacher, Mr. Okwudiba Ndubuisi. The Living Proof College, Ota comprises Oniyade Opeyemi – Student
    Folunrosho Michael and Bankole Halimat who are accompanied by their teacher, Ms Elizabeth Ononiwu.

    Secondary School Students Dazzle Engineers at NSE Ota Maiden STEM Competition, Win Prizes

    In their presentation, the Bells University Comprehensive Secondary School team, submitted that with Nigeria producing 52 Metric ton of wastes and about 2.5million waste plastics of which 70 % ends up in stagnant water, and drainage channels, we cannot afford to look on. They suggested that getting products and materials that can be used repeatedly and not just once will drastically reduce the amount of wastes in our Society. They aligned their solution with the 5 Rs to the problem of waste management. They added that advocacy will play a big part and if given the chance, they would work in partnership with media organizations like AIT. LTV, NTA to sensitize the populace to join in tackling challenges of waste management affecting our society.

    Secondary School Students Dazzle Engineers at NSE Ota Maiden STEM Competition, Win Prizes
    Winner of the Maiden Edition, Covenant Secondary School Ota display their trophy

    Covenant University Secondary School, in their presentation observed that, in Nigeria, we focus more on petroleum and neglect other critical areas. This has resulted in accumulation of challenges in those neglected areas. They suggested that if we can pay attention and focus more on waste management it will be advantageous and impactful on the society. The team recommended the slogan: “If you can’t reduce, reuse, refuse, and repurpose try recycling wastes.” They pointed out that the unprofessional, harmful ways people get rid of wastes such as burning, also contribute to another environmental challenge and global warming. They linked waste challenges to poverty, rise in population and ill-health while suggesting comprehensive overall of waste management system and public enlightenment to arrest the situation. They recommended different Techniques of Municipal solid waste disposal such as landfill, incineration, composting, and anaerobic digestion and recycling should be deployed.

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    Secondary School Students Dazzle Engineers at NSE Ota Maiden STEM Competition, Win Prizes
    Second Runner Up

    The Living proof Secondary School team linked successful Waste management to attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the advocated the 5R principles (Recycle, Reduce, Refuse, Reuse and Repurpose) in addition to change in attitudes to waste disposal in the management of Wastes in Nigeria.

    Earlier his Address, the chairman of the Branch, Engr Adewale George Adeyemi, a Mechanical Engineer, said that the competition is aimed at preparing students to become problem solvers in the society through application of engineering and technology. He said nations that do not value engineering will be missing a great deal in their development. He pointed out that the difference between developed and developing countries is their application of engineering and technology.

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    He used the opportunity to discourage the rising culture of taking shortcut among people. He said that many people who venture into engineering are looking for quick money. He warned that there is no quick money anywhere but there is maximum satisfaction and rewards for those who provide solutions and services that benefit our world through their job.’ Saying that the world and indeed, Nigeria need people in STEM career more than ever.

    “We must encourage our younger ones to develop interest in science, technology , engineering, management and the rest.”- Engr A. G. Adeyemi

    According to him, the theme of the Maiden edition was chosen as a result of the need to prepare younger ones, who are the future leaders, to contribute to the environmental protection. That the students are the future leaders.

    The judges. Dr. Augustine Ayeni (Chemical Engineer), Dr. Mrs. Oluranti Agboola (Chemical Engineer), Dr. Mrs Oluwaseun Mark (Civil Engineer) and Dr. Ekene Udoye (Mechanical Engineer) gave positive reviews on the performances of all the finalists and encouraged them.

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