President’s inter-SUBEB debate kicks off in Anambra
A section of participants at the debate
By Sunny A. David, Awka
Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has declared open the 58th edition of the President’s Inter-SUBEB School Debate Championship in Awka.
The event had participants from over 20 states in Nigeria, officials from Federal Ministry of Education, Abuja, pupils, students and teachers among other dignitaries.
The President’s Inter-SUBEB Debate Championship is an annual event, organized for the selection of schools that will represent Nigeria in various international debate competitions.
While declaring the event open, Governor Willie Obiano, represented by the Head of Service, Barrister Harry Udu said the present administration has continued to demonstrate its unshakable commitment to exposing the students to global visibility.
He said this is for the purpose of giving them quality education that meets global competitions.
The Governor assured that he will continue to accord priority to the education sector.
Earlier in his opening remark, the National Coordinator President’s Schools Debate of Nigeria, Elder Dare Oritu, stated that Anambra State which was champion of the debate for three consecutive years was unanimously chosen to host this edition in recognition of her consistent participation and support for the debate while commending Governor Obiano for his grassroots educational development.
On her part, the Commissioner for Basic Education, Professor Kate Omenugha represented by the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Nwabueze Nwankwo, thanked the Governor for his magnanimity in accepting to host the tournament noting that Anambra State is known for his love for education, youth empowerment and students skills acquisition while appreciating the PSDN, for their zeal in molding the students in the act of public speaking as well as giving them international visibility.
Contributing, the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr. C-Don Adinuba said that the competition will help to promote unity, culture of dialogue, good communication skills among Nigerian students.