The United Senior High School, Ikorodu has emerged the winner of the Senior Secondary School category of the Lagos State Schools Debate Season VIII outsmarting Vetland Senior Grammar School, Agege and Epe Senior Grammar School, Epe to the second and third position respectively.
The Junior School category was won by Abesan Junior High School, Ipaja while Chrisland High School, Ikeja and Meadow Hall College were first and second runners-up respectively.
The primary schools category produced Akilo Nursery/Primary School, Agege; Ebenezer African Church Primary School, Alimosho and African Primary Church Mission School II as winners in that order.
Speaking at the event held at Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, represented by his Special Adviser on Community and Communications, Mr. Kehinde Bamgbetan said there were no losers in the competition given the standards that have been displayed from the preliminary to the final stage; “I consider you all as winners” he said.
He commended the teachers whom he said worked tirelessly to prepare the pupils for the competition and reiterated that the State Government would continue to provide a conducive environment and other facilities that will enhance teaching and learning processes.
Ambode promised the students that the government will give them the support needed in terms of provision of qualitative education so that they can achieve their dreams of becoming whatever they want to become in life.
Earlier, the Deputy Governor, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule in an address delivered on her behalf by the Tutor General/Permanent Secretary District V, Mrs. Anike Adekanye, recalled that the annual schools debate was organized by the State Government as part of well-structured plans to produce socially stable and self -reliant students who can easily integrate into the larger society.
Adebule opined that the quality of the debate has been growing as the competition progresses. This, she noted, was attested to by the gesture of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode who rewarded noticeable improvement in the students’ performance by raising the bar with additional cash of N2.5million reward for the winners in the Season VII Edition of the debate held last year.
The Deputy Governor said she was elated that participants in the Grand Finale of past series all got admission into their universities of choice both at home and abroad and pursued courses of their choice, adding that it was evident that their performances were not stage managed but a testimony that they are actually brilliant students.
The Nigeria Bottling Company, a major sponsor of the Debate presented cash awards of N250,000; N150,000 and N100,000 to the winners of the Senior School categories through her representative Mrs. Sade Morgan, the Legal and Public Affairs Director, promising to continue her support for programmes aimed at improving and preparing the children for a better future.