The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced the opening of its portal for entries for the 2021 National Essay Competition amongst undergraduates of tertiary institutions in the country.
The easy competition, which is tagged “5G Technology: Opportunities and Challenges”, is part of the commission’s efforts to create awareness ahead of the rollout of the 5G telecommunication network in the country.
The competition which is designed to inspire innovative essay writing skills in tertiary students across the country is the 3rd edition in the series.
All entries, the commission said should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and should not exceed 1,000 words and a minimum of 500 words on the topic, and must have an abstract, introduction, main body and conclusion, referenced.
The Commission’s Director, Public Affairs at NCC, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde,said that the deadline for submission of entries is Friday, July 30, 2021, while winning essays will be announced Monday, September 13, 2021.
Adinde stressed that the objective is to increase awareness on 5G Technology, engage and enhance research, encourage academic competition and excellence, while building capacity of undergraduates in Nigerian tertiary institutions.
Overall winner in the competition will receive a laptop, printer and cash prize of N500,000.00, while the second prize winner will get N300,000 and third place winner will go home with N200,000.
He also said that the eligibility criteria includes that all undergraduates in Nigerian tertiary institutions both private and public can send entries.
“All participants are expected to register their personal details in the form provided for download on the NCC website, signed by their Deans as genuine Nigerian Undergraduates,” Adinde said.
“All essays will be subjected to plagiarism checks,” while winners will be invited by the Committee members to defend their essays by way of presentation.
“Candidates who cannot successfully defend their submissions will be disqualified,” he said.
The agency promises that the essay entries will go through a rigorous selection process and would be scrutinized based on content, grammar and structure and must get to the Commission via PDF format with all necessary attachments.