Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Nigerian student Christiana Udoh wins award in UK | Photos

Christiana Udoh who is a Nigerian student, studying at the Imperial College in London, United Kingdom has been awarded the Dudley Newitt Prize for Experimental Excellence at the college

The award was announced on Monday during the Dudley Newitt Lecture held on the university campus.

Udoh is the first Nigerian to receive the award and was also offered scholarship by the institution for what the management described as her impressive performance during Advanced Masters studies in Chemical Engineering.

The outstanding performance of the lady also secured her another scholarship award from the Akwa Ibom State Government to the tune of $20,000.

Presenting the award, Governor Udom Emmanuel commended Christiana Udoh for making the state proud through hard work and commitment to her studies. He also thanked her father, Dr Esio Udoh, for investing in her education.

Reacting to the development, the awardee’s father said:

He said, “In furtherance to the determination by the federal government to attain the decent work agenda which involves opportunities for works that are productive and deliver a fair income, security in workplace, and social protection for families; there have been overtime, three minimum wage reviews and currently the tripartite committee on national minimum wage is set to review the current minimum wage.

“Memoranda are being received from relevant bodies are persons to enable the determination of a new minimum wage for the nation. By the third quarter of this year, a new minimum wage will be announced for the country.”

The minister appealed to workers for more time and understanding because the government wants to ensure compliance by all state governments.

“Better late than never because some State governors are still owing and cannot pay the current N18,000 minimum wage to workers, that’s why we are ensuring we bring all stakeholders along and announce the new minimum wage at the appropriate time.

“But I can assure you that the third quarter is the maximum time the new minimum wage will be announced,” he said.

“Christiana has retained her number one position and we feel thrilled about it. This shows that Nigeria is on course to favourably compete with any nation of the world.”

Christiana Udoh called on the Federal Government to follow the example of the educational system of Isreal by training brilliant students exclusively to lead the country to technological advancement.

He referred Nigeria’s policy makers to countries like South Africa, Indonesia, and Malaysia that allocate 20 per cent of their GDPs, at least, to the education sector. He said that investment in models schools, which should have boarding facilities, qualified and well paid teachers, discipline, security and well equipped libraries and laboratories for effective teaching and learning, could help Akwa Ibom State to produce thousands of brilliant youths that could readily gain admissions into universities.

He said,

“The performance of our students is hampered by government’s failure to meaningfully invest in education. Illiteracy is the greatest enemy of mankind. If you eradicate illiteracy, then hunger, diseases and social vices will be drastically reduced and our society will be a better place.”

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