Lagos State has emerged the overall winner of the 2014 edition of the National Junior Engineers, Technicians and Scientists, JETS Competition held in the Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory. The state Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye who disclosed this in Lagos explained that the state’s contingent won the first positions in Inter-State Quiz Competition, National Theme Project, Free Choice Project and Physics Competitions; third positions in Physics and Technology Competitions and fourth position in Mathematics competition.
She noted that Masters Kadiri Ogbaji and Ibrahim Shamusideen both of Abibat Mogaji Millennium Senior Secondary School, Agege came first in the National Theme Project competition with their winning project on Mobile Energy and Fertilizer Machine while Fisayo Fatoye and Abiola Omosowon both of Doregos Private Academy, Ipaja came first in the Free Choice Project Competition with their project titled Power Generation Through Resonance.
Oladunjoye added that the two projects won by the state automatically qualified the state to represent the country at the 2015 edition of the International Science and Technology Competition which venue and dates would be determined by the Federal Ministry of Education. According to the Commissioner, Lagos State also produced the best female JETS students in the competition adding that the state has consistently been recording the best performance in the competition both at National and International levels and was the country’s representative at the 2013 Taiwan International Science Fair, where it came second and third in the Chemistry category of project exhibition at the fair.
She explained that other students who represented the state include Ikechukwu Ugwu of Penny International College, Surulere; Modestus Amaechi of Starfield College, Agege; Kelechi Inuagwu of Lagos State Model College, Kankon, Badagry; and Kasiso Onyeka of Faith Academy, Gowon Estate, Egbeda.
The JETS Competition which was held between 7 and 14 December, 2014 is aimed at promoting the experimentation and application of scientific and technological concepts by students; improving some indigenous technology products, designs and fabrication; and generating and fostering the interest of students in the acquisition of basic manipulative skills in science and technology among others.