100-level UNILORIN student defeats seniors to win national tax quiz competition

A first year student of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) has won the 2021 Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) annual tax quiz competition.

Lawal Oluwaseun, a 100-Level student of the Department of Accounting beat four other contestants to win the contest, whose final round was held in Kaduna on May 21, according to UNILORIN bulletin released on Tuesday.

Among those he beat were a 400-level Accounting student from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; a 400-level Taxation student from Nasarawa State University; a HND II student of Taxation from Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, and a HND II student of Accounting from Kano State.

“Oluwaseun defeated a total of 176 students across the country to win this year’s competition where he was presented with a trophy.

“He also received a cash prize of N300,000, 11 taxation textbooks, and two desktop computers, one of which is to be presented to the school,” the bulletin reads.

Receiving his trophy, Mr Oluwaseun described the competition as challenging.

According to him, he previously participated in 2020 against 200 contestants and reached the final shortlist of 12 participants.

He further explained that he, however, stepped down for a fellow UNILORIN student due to geographical zoning but had the zeal to excel this year and that made it easy for him.

In her reaction, the head of the Department of Accounting in the institution, Khadijat Yahya, described the student as a shining ambassador of the department and the institution, observing that another student of the department, Odusanya Gabriel, also won the competition in 2020.

She advised other students to learn beyond the classroom, add value to themselves, work extra hard to conquer challenges and excel in all their endeavours.

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