The first three prizes of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) Competition 2019 have all been won by three public and two private secondary schools that represented Lagos State at the 2019 National Stockholm Junior Water Prize Finals Competition held at the premises of the Embassy of Sweden in Abuja.
Receiving the triumphant students, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs. Adebunmi Adekanye congratulated the team and their teachers for making Lagos State proud, stressing that the government will continue to initiate and implement policies that will enhance and improve the education sector in the State.
Adekanye disclosed that the “Water Purifier” project presented by Ansar-Ud-Deen Grammar School, Randle Avenue, Surulere clinched the first position, while Abibat Mogaji Millennium Senior Secondary School, Iloro, Agege, Mary Grace College, Abule Egba, Penny International College and Kuje Senior Secondary School, Agboju, Lagos emerged second, third, fifth and sixth positions respectively with their projects.
She noted that the “Water Purifier” project of Ansar-Ud-Deen highlighted the importance of clean water as being very crucial to the health of all human beings but efforts are still ongoing to ensure the highest quality standards for consumption are attained.
According to her, “There is no gainsaying that the various inventions will help in the nation’s bid to provide potable water for all, especially, people in the rural areas who have no access to pipe-borne water or borehole”.
It would be recalled that out of the about 100 projects received across the country by Stockholm International Water Institute, organisers of the competition, only 12 projects were shortlisted for the final competition after a thorough screening out of which five were from Lagos State Schools.
SJWP is open for projects striving to improve water quality, water resources management, water protection, water and wastewater treatment as well as water education and social related aspects of water. The National winners will represent Nigeria at the International Finals in Stockholm Sweden in August 2019.