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Kwara wins  President’s Inter-School debate as Lagos inaugurates 1,449 projects

Ayodele Olalere

Kwara State has won the 61st  President’s National Inter-Basic School Debate Championship held at Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja.

Kwara defeated Katsina and Lagos States, which came second and third respectively, with Imo coming 4th, after weeks of debate involving several schools across the country, with the grand finale held in Lagos.

Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by the Commissioner for Education,  Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo commended the students and the organisers for the success of the national competition, saying his administration had inaugurated 1,449 projects in 1,036 schools in the state.

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He added 96,334 dual composite units of furniture were supplied to Primary and Secondary Schools across the State.

He expressed his administration’s commitment to  ensuring high quality education is accessible to all learners irrespective of their locations through effective and efficient management of resources for the attainment of self- reliance and socio-economic development.

The first runner-up spoke for and against Introduction of a single treasury account, TSA, while the second runner-up spoke for and against sporting activities for girls at an early stage of their education.

Award was also given to Ezeya Esther from Lagos State who was the best speaker of the tournament while the best behaved team was the police.

Awards were also given to those who have done well in the education sector, amongst them is, Dr Femi Majekodunmi who was awarded the best SUBEB chairman in the South-West region.

The winner of this year’s 61st Independence anniversary of President’s National Inter-Basic School Debate Championship went away with the trophy and would  represent Nigeria in the next international competition.