Students of the Kaduna Federal
Polytechnic, Kaduna State have won
the 2013 ENACTUS National Challenge.
Over 1,000 students from 30
universities and polytechnics in the
country participated in the three-day competition organised by the
ENACTUS Nigeria, in collaboration with
the First City Monument Bank held at
the Eko Hotels in Lagos on Friday.
At the competition, 30 Enactus teams
from the higher institutions stood up to the challenge of defending projects
they had embarked on to promote
innovation, proffer solutions and also
create employment in their
communities, local government, state
and campuses. KADPOLY won the hearts of the judges
for the skills acquisition programme
they provided for 70 physically
challenged indigenes of the state;
training of women in the making of
briquette; a cooking fuel made from agricultural wastes materials and their
efforts at devising alternative fuels
aimed at reducing carbondioxide
emission into the atmosphere.
One of the members of the winning
team, a 100 Level student of the Department of Social Science and
Development, Ms. Shakira Alaga, said
they chose to work on empowering
physically challenged persons in the
North, as the region had the highest
population of affected persons. She said, “In the
North, most of the physically
challenged persons do not have any
form of education, whether primary or
secondary.
They are even exploited as their parents force them to beg for alms on
the streets. This is a circle of poverty
that must be broken, and by
providing vocational education for
this vulnerable group, we are
empowering them, helping them live independently, to contribute their
quota to the development of Nigeria.”
Bayero University, Kano, Kano State
claimed the second position for its
research on Neem oil production,
construction of Greenhouse and its social media initiative on flooding
while the Federal Polytechnic, Oko,
Anambra State, came third for its
project on alternative energy.
The Country Director of the
organisation, Mrs. Adesuwa Ifedi, said the winners were chosen based on
the economic, social and
environmental relevance of the
projects they executed.

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