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Oyo State Debate Team Emerge As Winners in Inter Senior Secondary Schools Debate, Ogun and Ekiti Trail Behind

The Oyo State debate team has emerged as the 2021 winner of the inter-senior secondary schools debate competition organised by the President’s Schools Debate, Nigeria (PSDN), and the Oyo State Ministry of Education.

Ogun and Ekiti states placed second and third, respectively in the debate.

The event took place at the Ibadan Business School, Francis Okediji Street, Bodija, between Monday, May 17 and Thursday, May 20, and had debate teams from all the six South-West states.

Representing Seyi Makinde, the Oyo State Governor at the event; Mr Olasunkanmi Olaleye, Commissioner for Education, In his opening remark at the event, said a country’s path to greatness is assured when quality minds that are masters of the art of disputation are in its legislature.

Makinde said the quality debate is the foundation of democracy which characterises the legislatures of the advanced democracies of the world.

The governor said that a measure of the proactiveness of the reform policies of the government of the day is a holistic approach that covers both curricular and co-curricular spheres

“The prime aim of modern education is the all-round development of students’ personalities and this requires careful application of not only curricular but also co-curricular activities. Speaking of co-curricular activities, the importance of inter-school competition cannot be gainsaid.

“Studies have established that competitions among students promote better performances. As such, in addition to the annual State Quiz Debate and Spelling Bee Competition, the government is also promoting the participation of our students in the national competition to boost their talents, skills and inculcate the qualities of sportsmanship spirit, teamwork and cooperation,” Makinde said.

Governor Makinde appreciated the national organising body of PSDN under the auspices of the Office of Her Excellency, the First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari for permitting Oyo State, to host the competition.

Mrs Christianah Bolaji, Director of Schools, Ministry of Education, who represented the Oyo State Commissioner for Education Mr Olasunkanmi Olaleye, thanked Governor Makinde for approving the disbursement of funds to host the competition, and for his visionary leadership, which he said recognises the primacy of education to the development aspirations of the state.

In attendance at the event was the national coordinator of PSDN, Elder Dare Oritu; the vice-chairman (Southern Nigeria), National Advisory Board of PSDN, Professor Modupe Adelabu; Professor Benedict Emunemu, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Oyo State, Mrs Aminat B. Atere, among others.

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