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Chidiogo Nneji Emerges Winner of 2022 Essay On Climate Change in Enugu 

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Enugu–Chidiogo Nneji of Roseville Secondary School, New Haven, Enugu, has emerged the overall best winner of this year’s Climate Change Essay Competition for Secondary School Students in Nigeria.

She was announced winner on Friday in Enugu during the prize award ceremony for the competition organised by Coal City University, (CCU) Enugu.

Nneji who went home with five hundred thousand naira cash prize, emerged ahead of other contestants in the maiden edition of the annual essay competition.

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Apart from emerging the overall best in the essay competition, Chidiogo Nneji’s school, Roseville received best school incentive award.

The second prize went to Miss Divine Omofe of School for the Gifted, Gwagwalada, Abuja.

She got two hundred and fifty thousand naira cash reward, while Mirable Asonye came third and went home with one hundred and fifty thousand.

The Convener of the competition, Chinedu Ani said the yearly competition, was part of the school’s commitment to increase awareness of current global issues among the young population.

Ani stated that the aim was to stimulate creative writing, speaking skills and creative thinking in young minds towards sustainable development.

Ani who is also the Chancellor of Coal City University noted that the contest seeks to get the society to learn from the young minds and to recognize that tackling climate change required the collaboration of everyone.

Earlier in a speech, the Chairman of the ceremony, and Vice Chancellor, Coal City University, Professor Afam Icha-Ituma, represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Doctor Emeka Igwe, said the the institution was building a crop of climate sensitive individuals, who are willing to join the global campaign against acts that are unfriendly to the mother earth.

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In a presentation, one of the lead speakers, and Managing Director, United Kingdom Nigeria Infrastructure Advisory Facility, Professor Chidiebere Onyia, said climate change was a serious environmental concern, calling for more climate friendly infrastructure.

Professor Onyia, restated the need for  conscious and deliberate efforts to cut down on gas emissions and to make strategic investments into alternative options, such as solar energy and wind turbines.

The elated winner, Chidiogo Nneji, commended Coal City University, Enugu, for the opportunity, attributing her success to hard work.

Other winners were awarded Climate Change Ambassadors with cash gifts of twenty five thousand naira each.

One of the biggest impact of climate change
is its effects on the altered ecosystem including erosion, flooding, change in weather patterns, severe drought and intensive sunshine.

The event attracted stakeholders in the education sector, including the Chairman, Enugu State Universal Basic Education Commission, Mr. Ikeje Asogwa.

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