University of Abuja Student Wins Essay Competition on World Environment Day


Awah Henritta Uche, a 300 level Engineering student at the University of Abuja, has emerged as the first prize winner in an essay competition organized by the Nigerian Institute of Environmental Engineers, a division of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), to commemorate World Environment Day 2023.

According to the statement made available on the official Facebook Page of the institution, the event took place on Monday, June 5, 2023, at the Nigerian Society of Engineers Headquarters in the Central Business District of Abuja.

The competition  held under the theme “Solutions to Plastic Pollution,” attracted participants from various institutions across the Federal Capital Territory.

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Awah’s exceptional essay stood out among the submissions, earning her the coveted first prize. As a reward, she received a certificate of award and a cash prize. When asked about her motivation to participate in the competition, Awah revealed that she learned about it through her faculty’s group chat on WhatsApp. Initially skeptical due to a previous unsuccessful attempt in her first year, she was encouraged by her colleagues to give it another try.

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“At first, I was quite skeptical about writing the essay. I had written one sometime in my first year, but I didn’t win. I was encouraged by my colleagues to write it,” Awah shared.

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Her decision to persevere paid off, and she expressed her elation at winning the competition.

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Furthermore, Awah expressed her desire to continue participating in future essay competitions, aiming to secure more victories. “I really hope to write other essays and I look forward to winning them too,” she said.


World Environment Day is celebrated annually on June 5th and serves as a global platform for promoting environmental awareness and encouraging action to protect the planet.

This year’s focus on finding solutions to plastic pollution highlights the urgent need for sustainable practices to combat the pressing environmental challenge.

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