The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has opened its portal for entries by undergraduates nationwide to compete in its 2021 National Essay Competition.
The entries which opened this week for the 2021 Essay Competition for undergraduates, is the 3rd edition in the series.
The competition is designed to inspire innovative essay writing skills in tertiary students across the country.
The 2021 essay topic is “5G Technology: Opportunities and Challenges.” according to the Commission’s Director, Public Affairs at NCC, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde,
Adinde said 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.
As said by him, “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.
Additionally, he said that all entries would be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and will be assess based on the fact that the essay should contain a minimum of 1,000 words nad a minimum of 500 words on the topic, have an abstract, introduction, main body and conclusion, referenced.
The agency promises that the essay entries will go through a rigorous selection process and scrutinized based on content, grammar and structure and must get to the Commission via PDF format with all necessary attachments.
Adinde noted that the deadline for submission of entries is Friday, July 30, 2021, while winning essays will be announced Monday, September 13, 2021.