Students from Imo state will be representing Nigeria in the 2016 World Schools Debate that will hold in Slovakia late this year. The students qualified to represent the country in the inter-continental academic event after they had emerged the overall winner at the president’s Inter-SUBEBS debate completion in the country.
Miss Precious Nnabugo, precious Etoh, Favour Nneji, Oluebube Duru and Goodness Nwanebu had represented Imo state in the President’s Inter-SUBEBS Debate Competition and they came first out of the thirty six states in the country that took part in the academic venture, with the team and their handlers visiting Governor Rochas Okorocha, Monday, March 28, 2016 to inform him about the lofty development.
Addressing the students and their coordinators, Governor Okorocha commended them for doing the state proud and also urged them to do the nation proud by emerging the best in Slovakia, stressing that their winning the President’s Inter-SUBEBS Debate competition was a victory for Imo people and a kind of vote of confidence in the free education programme of his administration.
Governor Okorocha’s words, “let me say first of all, how happy I am that in my time my children will be representing the entire nation outside the country. This is a victory for me, victory for Imo people and victory for the free education programme of the state.”
He continued, “There is no other way to explain this development than to say, it is the outcome of the free education programme of the state. It is a feat. I charge you to go and conquer the world for the nation, as you conquered the nation for the state. Go and shine in Slovakia.”
To encourage the students to do well in Slovakia, the governor promised to give them scholarship to study in any country of their choice if they come first.
The coordinator, Mrs.Adim Madumere Chinwe had earlier commended the governor for the free education programme, promising to leave no stone unturned to ensure that the team shines in Slovakia to the extent of emerging victorious.