By Mosunmola Ayobami,Ilorin
Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has rewarded the six public school students who won the presidential debate competition.
Abdulrazaq gave each of them N1m and also university scholarship for their first degree.
The Governor described them as the pride of the government and people of Kwara State, commending their parents, teachers and leadership of the Kwara State Universal Basic Education Board (KWSUBEB) for their roles in the feat.
It would be recalled that the State recently won the 63rd edition of the presidential debate in Abuja for the second time in a row.
Kwara had also won the last edition of the speaking contest in 2021 in Lagos, with the winners similarly accorded a state reception by the Governor, cash rewards, and university scholarship.
With the latest victory, the students would now represent Nigeria at the World school debate championship in the Republic of Serbia in Europe.
The students were led to Government House Ilorin by the Chairman state Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Prof Sheu Adaramaja, who also came home with an award of being the best SUBEB Chairman in Northern Nigeria.
“I congratulate you for doing exceedingly well. The state is proud of you, as you carry the flags as ambassadors of the state. You will now become ambassadors of Nigeria when you go to Serbia (Europe) to represent the country,” the Governor said at the reception for the students.
The Debate Team, which comprised exclusively students from public schools, include Mashood Kamaldeen (Government Secondary School, Ilorin East LG); Jatto Ramatallahi (Offa Grammar School, Offa); Jimoh Abayomi Emmanuel (Tanke Community Junior Secondary School, Ilorin South); Emmanuel Chioma (St. Anthony Junior Secondary School, Ilorin East); Dolapo Mariam (Offa Grammar School, Offa); and AbdulKareem Uswat ( Okelele Junior Secondary School Ilorin East).
Acknowledging that gaps still exist in the education sector, AbdulRazaq pledged to continue to invest in human capital development to totally restore the glory of Kwara as the best state in education in Northern Nigeria.
The reception was attended by the Chairman House Committee on Education Hon. Baba Boriya; Chief of Staff to the Governor Prince AbdulKadir Mahe; Commissioner for Education Sa’adatu Modibbo kawu; Special Adviser on Education Dr. Adetola Salau Ariyike; former Senior Special Assistant for Special Duties Alhaji Abdulrazaq Jiddah; and teachers and parents of the celebrities.