• Friday January 25, 2019 07:43 AM
  • NILS Press Corps

In fulfillment of one its constitutional mandates of broadening of legislative knowledge and imparting better understanding of the functions of the legislature at various levels of government via annual legislative quiz competition amongst Senior Secondary Schools Students and Youths, the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) in collaboration with the FCT Secondary Education Board and the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) on Thursday, January 24, 2019, organized the 2019 quiz competitions in the eight Zones of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and prominent among them were that of the Gwagwalada Zone.

The event of the zone which was held at the School for the Gifted, Gwagwalada; heralded eleven out of the twelve Secondary Schools slated to participate in the Zone, only Government Secondary School, Pai was absent.

Among those that contested include:
• Government Secondary School, Giri.
• Government Secondary School, Kuje.
• Government Secondary School, Zuba.
• Government Senior Secondary School, Tungan Maje.
• Government Secondary School, Hajj Camp.
• Louisville Girls Secondary School, Gwagwalada.
• Christ the King College, Gwagwalada.
• Holy Rosary School, Dukpa.
• Government Secondary School, Yangoje.
• Jolatsen Secondary School, Gwagwalada.
• Government Secondary School, Paiko Kore.

Interestingly, the quiz commenced at 10:00am prompt with the National Anthem, closely followed by the School’s Principal’s welcome address, who was ably represented by the Vice Principal Administration, Mrs. Bankole Esther E.; who welcomed the Organizers and participants to the School and promised a resounding outing to all and declared the competition open.

Taking over the proceedings of the event, the Coordinator of the Legislative Quiz Competition, Gwagwalada Zone, Dr. Shu’aibu Danwanka highlighted the objectives of the competition to the participants. He also commended the Host of the Event, School for the Gifted, Gwagwalada for the warm reception and proper coordination of the venue of the event.

Thereafter, the Coordinator handed over the helm of affairs to the Quiz Master, Barr. Usman Ibrahim, who read the rules of the competition; noted that the contest is divided into two rounds of 50 and 40 questions respectively and if there is a tie between contestants, the Tie Breaker Questions would be used to ensure a winner emerges. The quiz commenced with the first round.

Impressively, the first round ended with Government Senior Secondary School, Tungan Maje and Government Secondary School, Hajj Camp emerging as winners with 6 points respectively and have qualified to the second round. Then, four schools came second with 4 points apiece which called for the use of tie breaker to determine two schools that would join qualified two schools for the second round.

Consequently, Louisville Girls Secondary School, Gwagwalada and Government Secondary School, Kuje made it to the second round with 6 points respectively. Thus, second round was contested amongst four schools that triumphed over the others. At the end of the second round, Government Secondary School, Hajj Camp was eliminated, while the remaining three schools had 6 points apiece which further dragged them into tie breaker proceedings that saw Louisville Girls Secondary School, Gwagwalada emerged as Zone’s overall winner.
However, the remaining two schools that participated in the tie breaker contest, Government Senior Secondary School, Tungan Maje and Government Secondary School, Kuje were left with equal points which require another set of tie breaker questions that would determine first and second runners up of the Gwagwalada Zone. This time around, the first loser method is used to ascertain winner and loser.
Surprisingly, Government Secondary, Kuje was crowned the first runner up and Government Senior Secondary School, Tungan Maje emerged second runner up of the Zone. With this outcome, the Zone’s overall winner, Louisville Girls Secondary School, Gwagwalada would participate in the Grand Finale of the competition on Monday, January 28, 2019 at the National Assembly Complex. While, the two runners up would equally be at the Grand Finale of the competition as “Observers”.

Major highlight of the event is the award of prizes that include a Trophy to winner, Louisville Girls Secondary School, Gwagwalada, Certificate of Participation, Stationery, other Gift Items and Refreshment to Participating schools and the Audiences.

Prizes were presented to the schools by the Event Coordinator, Dr. Shu’aibu Danwanka, the Host, the Principal, Mrs. Bankole Esther E. with the assistance of the Quiz Master, Barr. Usman Ibrahim, Media Attaché, Ibrahim A. Babangishiri, Time Keeper, Ms. Rahila Salihu, Recorder, Mr. Itam Nneoyi. Others who assisted are Vincent Osagaede, Abdullahi and Ibrahim.