A nongovernmental organization, Platinum Minds Global Company (PMGC), held the 2018 northeast zonal finals of its annual Platinum Reasoning Contest (PRC) at AUN.
The two-day event, which took place at the library auditorium on October 23 and 24, followed the first stage of the competition, which was conducted online.
The competition, organized for all the six geo-political zones in Nigeria, is a logic and reasoning contest to test different mental and creative capacities. The participants are tasked with making presentations on any topic of their choice and providing creative solutions to significant challenges facing Nigeria and Africa, amongst other tasks.
The winner of the PRC gets a cash prize of ₦1 million while the second and third, take home ₦700,000 and ₦500,000, respectively. Last year, a student of AUN, Salisu Ahmad, came second nationwide. This year, about 30 students made it to the finals.
The CEO of PGMC, Abdulkadir Agboola Gobir, said, “AUN was chosen by the company to host this year's Northeast competition in honor of the University's founder, H.E. Atiku Abubakar." He explained the zoning of the competition--to simplify logistics for the participants.
“In accord with our vision and mission, we are invading the economy of the world by nurturing young minds that will be involved in innovative manufacturing and creativity."
Welcoming the participants and thanking the organizers for what he called “the fascinating opportunity," VP Byron Bullock, said, "Nigeria needs young people who can think of ways to make the country better, and I believe it starts with these kinds of innovative opportunities for students to learn and share knowledge."
A law major, Chijioke Malachy Attamah, said he is appreciative of what the competition is exposing him to. "I like the test that is about finding solutions to problems in Nigeria, and I feel this is something worth doing some more."
A 200-level student of management technology at Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola, Idris Oladimeji, commended the organizers for “bringing together young people of different backgrounds, with different creative minds, to experience innovativeness."
The Platinum Minds Global Company began its national competitions for students of secondary schools in 2013. By 2014, it broadened its scope to include tertiary institutions to foster inclusive breeding of creativity and innovation.
Reported by Tina Bitrus