St John’s College Student Wins S’East, S’South SPE Science Competition

By Ikeugonna Eleke

A student of St John’s Science and Technical College, Alor, Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, Master Joshua Chideraa Udedibia, has won the 2021 Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Science Competition.

The competition sponsored by Total and Shell Petroleum Companies is an annual competition for science students in secondary and tertiary institutions in the South-East and South-South Geo Political Zones.

The Principal of the college, Rev Fr Francis Unegbu, who disclosed the victory of the institution to journalists, said over 30 schools in the two zones entered for the competition.

He said entries were thinned down to 18 schools from South-South and South-East. Further assessments, according to him, were done and still thinned down to five schools which were then invited to come to Port Harcourt for face to face evaluation.

‘The panel of judges was drawn from the Universities of Port Harcourt and the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), and also from Total and Shell Petroleum Companies who are the sponsors.

‘I want to tell you that to the glory of God, we came out victorious. We are the champions. The winner is our student, Master Joshua Chideraa Udedibia, who is in SS1, from Electrical Department,’ Fr Unegbu said.

The school’s winning entry, Fides gathered, is a robot produced by Udedibia which obeys voice commands and moves in any direction as commanded by the producer.

The college, a mission school owned by the Catholic Diocese of Onitsha, was established in 1958 and has trained several notable personalities, including former governor of Anambra State and current minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige.