Chevron Nigeria Limited and its Joint Venture, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC have restated their commitment to promoting education in the country as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, which has heightened over the years.
Speaking at the Art Exhibition and Price -Giving ceremony for the Nigerian Secondary Schools in Lagos, chairman and managing director of Chevron Nigeria Limited, Jeff Ewing said the competition was conceived in 2005 by NNPC/CNL Joint Venture in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Education.
Ewing stated that the competition now in its 14 series, is consistently supported by the JV partners because they genuinely value the steady commitment of the Federal Ministry of Education and other stakeholders to this project over the years.
“Chevron has consistently demonstrated its commitment through various social investments, ranging from education, health, to economic empowerment.
The National Art Competition is aimed at promoting and fostering creativity in the Nigerian children by spurring their interests in creative art and equipping them for the workplace and the future, the MD said adding, For us, the art competition is an enduring investment in education that enables students to think outside the box, move beyond boundaries and seek different ways to proffer solutions.
It is also, an investment that is aimed at improving the lives of our young stars. That is why, we reward our champions with a full scholarship package to encourage them to keep excelling in their chosen academic field. We believe this is one way to ensure a better society.”
He described art as a delightful means of self-expression, a window into the human mind that grants us access to abstract expressions of human thoughts impressed upon canvas and various forms of art.
Speaking further he said art, helps in mental, physical and creative language development of children and that this points to the fact that the more we motivate these young ones to recreate their beautiful and thought-provoking imaginations in a visible form, the more they grow to become problem solvers for our society because problem-solving requires creative thinking.
“So, the next time you come across a child artist, pat such one on the back and say well-done, Bravo! By doing so, you are encouraging his/her ability to create a more beautiful world.” he remarked.
According to him, A knowledge economy is a winning economy; every nation needs creative minds to continually move forward and break boundaries. It is in this regard that this year’s edition of The National Art Competition was themed “Advancing Nigeria Through Technology” to stimulate the creative and problem-solving goldmine in our Nigerian kid-artists. For our nation to move forward we need the minds of our kids to be stretched to the point where they begin to undertake challenges as champs. This will lead to a better Nigeria.
Ewing said that the company and its partners are encouraged by the strides that past winners of this competition are making in their respective endeavors, pointing that “This competition has helped some of the past winners believe more in their artistic capability. We believe that very soon and in no distant future, we will be invited to participate at major art exhibitions by participants from this competition; we look forward to that. As the years go by, the acceptance level of this competition increases, and this leaves a feeling of satisfaction and fulfillment in me. This is evident in the number of entries and participation we get from schools each year. The satisfaction is not only present in the number of works, but also in the quality of works submitted. The quality of work we receive every year shows we have great talents in Nigeria.”
He commended the adjudication panel that carefully considered the numerous entries and selected the final winners.
In his remarks the group general manager of the National Petroleum Investment and Management Services, NAPIMS, Musa Lawan expressed his genuine appreciation to the NNPC/Chevron Joint Venture who in partnership with the government and other stakeholders have made this yearly event possible. He said, “Consistently, we have demonstrated our commitment to promoting and advancing quality education in Nigeria.
Lawanson said that the education support strategy has been significant to enhancing access to education for all Nigerians and that the project has contributed to an increase in participation in fine art amongst our children and a rising interest of the public to art appreciation. I urge us to continue to nurture and sustain this partnership.
“To our winners of this year’s edition of the National Art Competition, the time has come to celebrate your success. I congratulate you all for showcasing that our country, Nigeria can be advanced through technology through your various work. I have faith in you that you will continually excel in the field of art.”, he said.
He said the NNPC/Chevron Joint Venture is focused on unlocking the potentials of our youths and fostering creativity adding that through the creativity involved in this project, we have been able to promote patriotism for Nigeria in every child from an early stage.
“The successful organization of this year’s event and the high level of participation are indications that the competition is improving in popularity and relevance. I am much obliged to our partner – Chevron Nigeria Limited for its excellent corporate responsibility programs in education, health and economic development.”, Lawan added.