THREE Winners emerged from the grand finale of the 2nd South African Airways Essay Competition, going home collectively with N300,000 and a trip to South Africa.
The competition is borne out of efforts to create awareness and drive the young to take up careers and actively participate in the aviation sub-sector because of the enormous potentials therein.
Enuebuka Sharon, Akinselure Oluwatoyin from the Murtala Muhammed Airport Secondary School ( MMASS) and Ofojetu Queensley Kenechi from Queens College, Yaba emerged first second and third respectively at the finale held at Golfview Hotel Ikeja.
The first prize went home with cash price of N150,000 and a trip to South Africa while the second and third prices went home with N100,000 and N50,000 respectively.
South African Airways (SAA), Regional Manager, Mr. Ohis Ehimiaghe who was on ground to award the winners said a lot of opportunities were abound in the sector and the students can choose any area they want to be in.
He urged students in the secondary and tertiary institutions in Nigeria to take up careers noting that the aviation industry is not only complex but also very interesting, adding that all those who have participated in writing and emerged as finalists to defend their write-ups have been exposed to the industry called Aviation.
“So you can be anything you chose to be in this industry as well, why everybody is looking at other industries and sectors, this is an untapped industry, this is an industry that has great potential for every one of you, so am encouraging you to key into it, tap into it and make the best of it”.
“Part of your history is that there is something called aviation, it’s a huge industry and very complex industry and extremely interesting industry, you want to be a medical doctor in the future, we have medical doctors working in the aviation sector, you want to be engineers?who do you think makes those aircraft, they are engineers, you want to work in the travel and tourism industry? The potential is there, so what we are saying in essence is that this little essay that you have written have exposed you to the fact that there is an industry called aviation which is wide and huge, the opportunities in aviation industry is humongous”.
Head of Sales SAA, Mrs. Kemi Leke-Bamtefe said South African Airways is proud to be associated with the Travel and Business news as the chief sponsor of the essay on a yearly basis because the the airline believes in youth empowerment and development as this is what drives them as an airline.
” we have been in existence for 84 years, in December this year, SAA will be 20 years in Nigeria, if you are a part of this already you are a winner”.
Mrs. Leke-Bamtefa announced that winners of the essay with the topic: Youth Participation in the Nigerian Democracy will be given gifts and air tickets to South Africa.
” we have cash prizes for the winners, the overall winner we have a return ticket to South Africa and will be accompanied by a parent with a free ticket”.
Chairman of the Assessors of the essay competition and Acting Managing Director, Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited SAHCOL, Mr. Basil Agbaorumi appealed to teachers to guide their students in competitions like this instead of helping them to write, adding that such action can never help the students to learn.
“It shows that the teachers did not allow the children to use their brain to do what they did, rather, they wrote it for them and gave it to them to submit”.
He also cautioned parents,”And also, the parents who have this children, they all left them to the mercy of the teachers, which is not good, charity they say begins at home, so a child that will do well outside or do well tomorrow, if the foundation is destroyed, then off course there will be no building, especially when a child has to go out for an external competition like this South Africa airways, there is nothing bad if parents look at the script even if they don’t have time, they should get someone to look at it of what this child is taking out, because at the end of the day, when a child has done well, the glory goes to the parents”.