Abuja – The Ebonyi team to the 2016 Democracy Day School Debate has expressed optimism that it will perform creditably in the championship.
Team Leader, Ebonyi Centenary Debate Team, Dr Adaeze Nwauzor, spoke at opening ceremony of the Democracy Inter-Secondary School Debate Championship on Wednesday in Abuja.
The debate, which runs from May 24 to May 29, is organised by the President’s Schools Debate Nigeria (PSDN), an NGO comprising private and public sector stakeholders.
Nwauzor, who is the Senior Special Adviser to Gov. Dave Umahi on Higher Education, said that members the team were selected after a thorough process and preparation.
She said that Ebonyi had been in the frontline of the school debate, adding that it had gone to Qatar and many other countries and came back with trophies in past five years.
“We started by training the trainers — debate handlers –; then we went round the 13 local government areas and selected the best speakers from each local government.
“We went to three zones and selected the best speakers; then at the semi-grand finale, we selected the best speakers.
“We were asked to come here with five representatives but we are 25 because our governor wants Ebonyi children to visit Abuja and see what is happening in Nigeria and the students are excited about it.
“I ask God to take control; we are making every effort to make sure that we perform well as we had done previously for six years,’’ she said.
According to her, Umahi has been giving the team full support in terms of finance because of his interest in human development.
One of the speakers for the Ebonyi team, Miss Ogechi Obike-Ukoh, told NAN that she was very confident that her team would emerge victorious going by the efforts it committed to preparation.
Earlier in his opening remark, Mr Dare Olotu, the National Coordinator, PSDN, said that the essence of the competition was to bring Nigerian students to debate on motions affecting the country.
He said that wining team would have automatic qualification to represent Nigeria in the forthcoming international schools debate in Indonesia.
According to him, the topics to be debated on are “This House Believes that the Agricultural Sector has Better Prospects for Nigeria’s Economic Growth.
“This House Believes that Posting of National Youth Corps Members should be Limited to their Geo-political Zones.’’
No fewer than 13 teams drawn from Taraba, Imo, Niger, Ebonyi, Anambra, Kaduna, Oyo, Sokoto, Benue and FCT are participating in the competition.