KadPoly Emerges Winner of 2016 Enactus Competition
Kaduna Polytechnic (KADPOLY) beats ABU, Covenant University and others to emerged the winner of 2016 Enactus Competition. The Kaduna Polytechnic has been named the winner of the 2016 edition of the Enactus Nigeria National Competition. The ENNC is a yearly premium business competition among Nigerian universities and polytechnics’ students, where competing teams showcase community-based and ... Continue Reading
Kaduna Polytechnic (KADPOLY) beats ABU, Covenant University and others to emerged the winner of 2016 Enactus Competition.
The Kaduna Polytechnic has been named the winner of the 2016 edition of the Enactus Nigeria National Competition.
The ENNC is a yearly premium business competition among Nigerian universities and polytechnics’ students, where competing teams showcase community-based and educational projects executed by them.
These educational and community-based projects, the competition organisers said, were aimed at addressing real problems through the country in a bid to empower people and enhance progress.
Out of the 18 tertiary institutions that competed in the 2016 edition of the ENNC, the Kaduna Polytechnic team was crowned the winner for their project, “Donate a Book,” which facilitated the return of 252 children in the Dalori 1 Internally Displaced Persons’ camp in Borno State to school.
In their presentation, the team explained how, moved by the plight of the IDPs, they embarked on a campaign where they called for books donation throughout the country towards educating the children in the IDP camp.
In the process, they were able to mobilise over five million books worth about N1.2bn.
With the use of old motor tyres, they made chairs and tables for the pupils; they built tents in the IDP camp, enlisted 27 teachers and also partnered 21 private schools in Borno State to offer scholarship to 50 children who had lost their parents to the insurgency in the North-East.
Not done, the students also taught adult members of the IDP camp how to make shoes and produce caps, thus giving them financial empowerment.
With their projects, “Shine My Shoe,” and “Solar Initiative for Empowerment,” the team from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria emerged second.
The Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State team came third with their projects, “Ecobag,” and “Palm Wealth.”
Their project was targeted at, among others, women who trade in sachet or bottled water and need to keep their wares at cold temperature in the tropics.
The Covenant University team also moved to Isalu community in Ogun State, a community rich in palm trees and involved in palm oil production but using crude methods.
The team was able to design machines for operations in palm oil production by reducing production time and increasing output.
The machines were powered on diesel produced by the Covenant University team by melting pet bottles.
The team also trained 450 members of Isalu Community a more efficient way of making cane products, such as flower vases.
The Kaduna Polytechnic team which was crowned the winner at an award ceremony held on Thursday at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, will represent Nigeria at the Enactus World Cup 2016 coming up in Toronto, Canada between September 28 and 30, 2016.
In his keynote address at the event, the Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Perry John Calderwood, who will be completing his term in Nigeria next week, said one thing that impressed him in Nigeria throughout his stay was the energy and creativity of the Nigerian youths.
Also speaking, the Chairman of Silverbird Group, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, who was represented by the General Manager of Silverbird Entertainment, Jonathan Murray-Bruce, said, “The wealth of Nigeria is not found in the Niger Delta but between the ears of the Nigerian youths.”
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