Three Secondary Schools in Sokoto State Win Projects Exhibition Contest of the American Chemical Society Sokoto State University Student International Chapter.

In a statement by the information officer, Sokoto State University, Zayyanu Shehu said, Two students of Alheri Schools, Guiwa and a student of Airan International School Bado, Sokoto State, respectively have won the American Chemical Society (ACS), Sokoto State University International Student Chapter, 2021 Global Challenge Science Fair for Young Scientists project exhibition contest.

The exhibition which had 8 contestants with different innovations seen Ahmed Mohammed of Alheri Schools, Sokoto, as the winner, while Safiya Aminu of Airan International School, Bado, came second and also Fatima Bala of Alheri Schools emerged third.

The first position won a prize of N120,000, the Second position went home with N100,000, while the Third position got N80,000, aside from the donation of N10,000 each from the Department of Chemistry of the University.

In their separate remarks, the Head, Department Of Chemistry and Dean, Faculty of Science, Sokoto State University, Dr Mansur Yahaya Ibrahim and Dr. Muhammad Sirajo said the vision of the competition was to allow all eligible science students in the state to participate in the competition, thus improving their performance in Chemistry.

They further added that the ACS initiative is to arouse and reawaken interest in Chemistry as a course of study, among Secondary school Students as a roadmap to the nation’s building.

On her part, the Hon. Commissioner Ministry of Science and Technology, Dr Kulu Haruna Abubakar, represented by Hajiya Khadija Ibrahim Bako said the competition is a good step in the right direction. She stressed that practical science subjects or courses should be put above theories.

She explained that the competition should be routinely done to harness students talent for national development.

Also speaking, the Hon. Commissioner Ministry for Higher Education, Prof. Bashir Garba, who was represented by Dr Saidu Isa, encouraged the participating students to do more.

Prof. Garba advised them to study hard. He said the exhibition was encouraging and interesting.

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, Sokoto State University, (SSU) Prof. Sani Mohammed Dangoggo, represented by the Dean, Faculty of Education, Dr. Nasiru Ibrahim Tambuwal, thanked the ACS for organising the competition, noting that the gesture would improve the students’ practical skills in science subjects. He, therefore, urged the organisers of the event to maintain the tempo.

Highlighting the main thrust of the project exhibition, the organizer of the event, who is also the ACS Faculty Advisor, SSU Chapter, Dr Thompson Isuagie said the essence was to motivate the upcoming scientists to pay more attention to practical aspects of science rather than theoretical aspect.

Dr Isuagie further called on the young scientists to utilize the opportunity availed to them by the ACS. He lamented that only 8 contestants participated in the event, despite the widest publicity given to the competition.