Jibowu Junior High School, Dowen College glitter at debates

debate-podium2Jibowu Junior High School, Lagos, recently emerged winner of the 2016 Concept Nova Secondary School Debate.

The school with a total of 23.8 points, defeated its counterparts, Wesley Junior Girls Secondary School, Lagos, which garnered 22.6 points. Herbert Macauley Junior High School, Onike Girls Junior High School, were also in the hunt for the coveted prize.

In the first round which eight teams spoke on the topic, “Technology: Reducing the Quality of Human Interaction,” participants showed the stuff they were made of. Sadly, only four teams progressed to the final round, where the topic changed to, “Mobile Devices Should be Banned in all Schools.”

Executive Director of Concept Nova, Mr. Chukwuma Ochonogor, who commended the participants for their performances, noted that as a company with a strong societal outlook, the success of its organisation and that of the society were paramount, just as education and youngsters were key in this regard.

He said, “Education of our young ones is very paramount because they are the future leaders and the group that will propel us to greater heights. And so we are supposed to ensure that the people that will inherit the earth and planet, and take it to the next level are properly groomed. That is why education of the youths is a big focus for the organisation. From the quality of interactions that were submitted, these are young children that have a good appreciation of the environment.”

The winning team, apart from the prizes they carted home, also got a year scholarship in their school, while the school will decide what project it would like the company to fund for them.

In a related development, Dowen College, Lagos has won the yearly Akintola Williams National Youth Debate, which focused on prioritising renewable energy as an alternative to the nation’s deplorable power situation.

Experts and students, who gathered at the debate in Lagos to discuss reasons “The Development of Renewable Energy Sources Must Become A Worldwide Economic Priority,” concluded that Nigeria must diversify its energy sources to meet power demand and secure the future.

Speaking at the event, which was sponsored by the Nigeria Britain Association (NBA), president of the association, Funmi Onabolu, said Nigeria was courting trouble if it continues to depend on a single energy source to power the country’s large population.

Chidera Nze, who led Dowen College, said the possibility of oil drying up in the near future should force Nigeria to rethink dependency on oil as energy source.

Stating that the debate was worthwhile, Nze said: “If Nigeria continues to depend on her current energy source, we won’t be able to develop as fast as possible.”

Also speaking at the event, a student of Olashore International School, Iloko-Ijesa Osun State (which finished second in the competition), Olalere Omobolaji said government must consider the economic benefits accruable from adopting renewable energy.

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