By Simeon OSAJIE
As a way of immortalizing late Dele Giwa’s name after 37 years of his death, Etsako Central Local Government Council Chairman, Hon. Solomon Obomighie has established essay competition among secondary schools in the local government in commemoration of his journalism profession.
Late Dele Giwa, was a prominent journalist and an illustrious son of Etsako Central cum Edo State, a renowned editor-in-chief and chief executive of Newswatch magazine, made significant contributions to the journalism profession and remains a symbol of integrity and courage in the face of adversity who was killed on October 19,1986, through a parcel bomb.
The chairman said late Dele Giwa Secondary School Essay Competition is aimed to celebrate and promote the values that he embodied throughout his career and it will provide a platform for young writers and journalists in the local government to know more about him and express their thoughts on pressing societal issues and showcase their writing skills.
“This competition will not only serve as a tribute to late Dele Giwa but also foster a nurturing environment for budding writers and journalists to receive recognition and encouragement. It is our hope that through this platform, we will inspire the next generation of journalists to embrace the core principles of truth, transparency, and accountability”, he added.
Hon. Obomighie further stated that the late Dele Giwa secondary school essay competition is an initiative that demonstrates his commitment to appreciate the worthy sons of the entire Etsako Central local government and a way to promoting education, fostering talent, and upholding the legacy of our remarkable individuals.
“We will be collaborating with local education authority, private school owners and professional journalists to make this competition a success and impactful among the young ones,” he added.
The chairman said that the council would give a details regarding the essay competition, including eligibility, prizes, and submission guidelines, will be released soon in.
Hon. Obomighie however urged all secondary school principals to give a wider awareness to their students in the Local Government for participation as it will help in widening their writing skills.