ARSO Essay Competition: SON Announces Qualifiers

Five entries have qualified for the 2019 continental 6th African Organization for Standardization (ARSO) Essay Competition after conclusion of work on 141 entries from students of tertiary institutions across the country, by the inter-ministerial screening committee. The topic for this year’s competition is “The Role of Standardization in Winning the Fight against Corruption for Sustainable African Transformation”.

A statement from the office of the Director General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria, Osita Aboloma Esq. disclosed that 81 of the entries met the initial requirements of validation by the respective institutions of the participants.

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The five winning entries have qualified to participate in the continental version of the annual essay competition put together by ARSO to promote knowledge in standardization amongst undergraduates across the African Continent, the statement said.

It stated further that the 2019 topic is aimed at bringing out the following amongst others;

  • Benefits of the fight against corruption within Africa.
  • Status and challenges of corruption within Africa.
  • The fight against corruption as a catalyst to Africa’s growth for improving the quality and standards of products and services in Africa.
  • The benefits to Consumers, Manufacturers, Suppliers, Regulators and the Government.
  • Specific benefits of anti-corruption and anti-bribery standards to Consumers, Manufacturers, Suppliers, Regulators and the Government

The SON statement listed the 5 qualifiers for the 2019 regional and continental competitions as follows:

039Evan-Ibe Savictor SobechiUniversity of Nigeria, Nsukka72.0591ST
055Ndubisi Chibuzor PaulUniversity of Nigeria, Nsukka71.5292ND
013Eze Ifunaya NnaemekaFederal University of Technology, Owerri69.0593RD
021Kingsley AlumonaUniversity of Ibadan, Ibadan68.0594TH
040Eze Ebuka HarrisonUniversity of Nigeria, Nsukka`685TH

The statement applauded the outstanding number of entries in this year’s essay competition relative to previous years. It noted that the level of awareness of standardization issues has significantly increased in Nigeria as indicated by the unprecedented large number of entries.

Three anti-corruption institutions were coopted into the inter-ministerial screening committee for the consideration of this year’s essay namely, Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Nigeria has consistently taken part in the ARSO annual essay competition since its introduction with entries from the Country winning at the Continental stage at different times.


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