By Mosunmola Ayobami,Ilorin
The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KWIRS) has expended a sum of N6.2 million on the 2023 annual secondary schools tax club quiz competition.
The competition which ended on Thursday had a total of 231 beginners, cropped to 92, while 18 contestants slugged it out to the final semi stage of 6.
Stepping Stone College, Ilorin, emerged winner with N2.5m cash prize, while Eucharistic Heart of Jesus college, Ilorin emerged second with cash prize of N1.5m and Government Secondary School Lafiagi took third position with N1m.
The competition also featured students’ category, the overall winner was awarded N400,000, second got N300,000 while the third position received N200,000.
The teachers’ category had N150,000 for first, N100,000 for second and N50,000 for third position.
Earlier, the state governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq pledged to invest more in education.
The governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG,) Abdulqadri Mahe assured the revenue generating agency of his contiuned encouragement.
In her welcome address, the Executive Secretary of KWIRS, Sade Omoniyi, enjoined reading and dedicated learning among the youths, adding that 231 entrants competed but were trimmed to 92 then 18 before the six finalists eventually contested.
She said the competition was in three categories such as teachers, schools and students.
In her address, the commissioner for education and human capital development, Hajia Sa’daatu Modibo Kawu urged for intellectual prowess among the youths.
She said the annual quiz is crucial based on mental development, academic excellence and futuristic capacity building among our students.
She said the Ministry of Education is interested in embracing innovative approach towards healthy academic competitions that would boost the self-confidence amongst students.
Modibo called for programs that would not only improve the intelligent quotient of the students but also boost their healthy academic performance and their chosen future profession.