Shepherd Academy, Port Harcourt in Rivers State on Friday won the national Bible quiz for senior secondary school organised by the Bible Society of Nigeria (BSN).
The school came first out of seven schools that were drawn across the country in a keenly contested competition.
The second and third positions were won by New Estate Baptist School Surulere and Godiya Model School, Maiduguri.
In his address of welcome, Pastor Samuel Sanusi, General Secretary (GS)/ Chief Executive Officer, BSN, commended parents and teachers for allowing their children to participate in the quiz.
Sanusi said that the goal of the competition was to encourage youths’ and students’ engagement with the Bible.
He said that BSN had been fostering Bible engagement for the past 18 years.
Sanusi called on well-meaning Nigerians and churches to support the initiative to make the competition richer, bigger, and better.
“BSN work of translating, publishing and distribution of the Bible would be an effort in futility without making people engage with the Bible.
“We observe that people have the Bible but they don’t read it. They rely on what their pastors teach them in their various churches.
“I am happy to see the Command Secondary School for the first time,” Sanusi said.
The expressed gratitude to the Principal of Igbobi College, Yaba, for hosting the competition and also for the role played by the students.
In his keynote address, Pastor Victor Oluwadamilare, urged the students to look up to Jesus for peace and direction.
Represented by his wife, Pastor (Mrs) Abosede Oluwadamilare, he urged the students to eschew all forms of violence and embrace the peace and wellness that could only come from God.
The contestants from Shepherd Academy Port Harcourt, Masters Cookey Favour and Matthias Rehoboth, expressed gratitude to God, their parents and teachers for giving them the opportunity to participate in the quiz.