The Nigerian Society of Engineers, Eket branch in her commitment to promote education at the grassroot, has fulfilled its promises made to the winners of the 3rd edition of the Branch’s Secondary School Essay Competition. It could be recalled that at the Annual Dinner to mark the 2014 Engineering Week Celebration, a prominent fellow of the branch, Engr. Imaobong Inyang, FNSE, promised cash prizes of various amounts for the winners. In a related development, Engr. Mrs. Pauline Ekong, MNSE, had also promised to specially reward female contestants who would come out victorious at the competition.
The presentation of these awards were made on January 31, 2015 at the monthly branch general meeting. The star prize of fifty thousand naira only (N50,000) went to Enobong Ekwere Bassey of Touchstone High School, Eket. The first runner-up, Victory Steven Udoise of Senior Science School, Onna, went home with a cash prize of twenty-five thousand naira (N25,000), while Okon Asuquo of Girl's High School, Ikot Ibiok, was also given a cash prize of twenty-five thousand naira only (N25,000) as the second runner-up.
Engr. Mrs. Pauline Ekong’s Outstanding Female Prize of school bags packed with study items including text books, mathsets, scientific calculators, etc., went to Enobong Ekwere Bassey and Okon Asuquo. Among prominent members of the branch who joined in the presentation of the awards were: Engr. Godwin Umoh, MNSE, the branch chairman; Engr. Thompson J. Manam, MNSE, the Immediate Past Chairman, who initiated the competition; Engr. (Prof.) Umana Itaketo, FNSE; Engr. Emem B. Ekong, MNSE, the chairman of the 2014 Engineering Week planning committee; Engr. Ekerete Usak, MNSE, moderator of the competition and Engr. Mrs Pauline Ekong, award donor for the outstanding females. In an interview, the recipients who were accompanied by their parents expressed their joy and also appreciated NSE Eket Branch for such a special recognition, stating that it would go a long way to motivate them in maintaining focus on excellent performance in their academic pursuit. The parents also appreciated the Branch for remaining true to their word and showing a high level of integrity for the profession.
The branch chairman, in his address, congratulated the recipients and urged them to keep working hard, assuring them that success is assured if they remain focused. He then appreciated the donors of the prizes for showing full commitment in promoting the image of the profession. Engr. Umoh also urged more members of the branch to follow their footsteps in various aspects of the branch professional and humanitarian activities.