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Ebonyi State Government Awards Scholarships to Debate Winners

All the thirteen debaters that represented Ebonyi State at the 2011 Nigeria President’s Inter-Secondary School Debate Competition and at the World School Debating Championship in Dundee, Scotland have been given automatic University scholarships by Ebonyi State Government.

Also the Assistant Secretary of the debate team, Nkechi Ojon-Okpara received scholarship for her masters degree programme. This is apart from the fourteen debaters granted university scholarships in 2009 and two debate officials who are presently pursuing their doctorate degrees in the United Kingdom.

The scholarship which is a reward to outstanding performances at the two competitions is also aimed at enhancing debating skills and institutionalizing such skills in Ebonyi State.

Ebonyi State Governor, Chief Martin Elechi, after watching the 2012 State finals of the Championship said “I am very happy to be alive to see this performance by Ebonyi Children. It shows the future is bright”.

The Chairman of the debate team, Prof. Mike Otuma said the team was prepared to bring not only National trophies but the World School Debate trophy to Ebonyi State. “We are preparing seriously for the World School Debating Championship in Turkey in 2013 and we hope to beat more developed countries this time around” Prof. Otuma said.

Ebonyi State Government also presented a brand new Hiace Bus to the team and a 307 Peugeot car to the Debate Chief Coach, Mr. Stanly Ngwu.

The State is fast becoming the debate destination of Nigeria. Different states, groups and schools now throng to the State to be trained on modern trends in debating.

Twelve other best graduating students of Ebonyi State University have also been given automatic scholarships up to PhD level in any university of their choice anywhere in the world while nine others chose automatic employment at the University.

Note to site visitors:

You may share your comments about this scholarship award by contacting Prof. Otuma directly at 0703 955 6722

Debate winners rewarded with Ebonyi State Scholarship by Governor Elechi
Debate winners awarded scholarships by Governor Elechi

One of the debate winners
One of the debate winners

Debate winners displaying their trophies
Debate winners displaying their trophies

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Credit: Prof. Mike Otuma, P.A. to Ebonyi State Governor on Higher Education
Phone: 0703 955 6722

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