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School Debate: Abia Govt Promises Continued Partnership With Vision Africa Radio

As a way of making Abia youths conform to expected and societal standards, the Abia State government has pledged to sustain partnership with the Staff and Management of Vision Africa Radio 104.1 FM in any programme aimed at bringing out the best in Abia Youths.

The State government says through this, the youths will be better placed to contribute their quota towards the advancement of the State and Nigeria at large.

Abia State Commissioner for Education, Prof. Uche Eme-Uche, represented by the Head of Scholarship Department in the Ministry, Mrs Angelina Nkoro, made the promise on Thursday during the 13th edition of the Vision Africa Radio 2023/2024 School Debate prize presentation day.

The Commissioner appreciated the staff and Management of Vision Africa Radio 104.1 FM for partnering the Ministry in the development of Abia Youths in the areas of critical thinking skills, spoken English proficiency and public speaking capabilities amongst others.

She hailed the schools that participated in the school debate and to the students that emerged victorious at the end of the exercise, while admonishing the schools whose students could not make it to the top not to be discouraged but to see it as a stepping stone for better days.

In his address, the President and Founder, Vision Africa International, Bishop Dr. Sunday Ndukwo Onuoha, said the whole idea behind the School Debate which has lasted 13 years, is to sharpen the intellect of Secondary School Students and share God’s love.

The Methodist Bishop revealed that the best thing one has in life is that which he or she gives out for the betterment of others, saying that that which is in their banks/pockets don’t belong to them but what belongs to them is that which they have sacrificed for the advancement of the society.

He called on good spirited individuals and well meaning Abians to invest home as this is the only way the society can be transformed just as it will assist in building a generation of young leaders who can do better than the present leaders.

The Global Peace Award Winner, 2013, appreciated the participating schools, those who emerged winners, the Teachers that prepared the students, urging them not to relent.

Addressing newsmen during the event, the CEO, Flo FM, Raymond Nkemdirim (MFR), said he was thrilled by the performance of the participating schools. He said programmes like the school debate organised by Vision Africa Radio, deepen the Igbo culture, and allows young ones to realize and appreciate the virtues of their ancestors.

He encouraged parents to rally round their children and allow them participate in exercises like the school debate, adding that apart from the academic aspect, it makes them to be sound in character and helps in shaping other spheres of their lives.

Mr. Nkemdirim lauded the President and Founder, Vision Africa Radio, Bishop. Dr. Sunday Ndukwo Onuoha for coming with such initiative, while calling on other spirited individuals to think home by coming up with similar programmes so that the values and norms of the Igbo culture will be sustained.

Earlier in her opening remark, the Chief Operation Officer, Vision Africa Radio, Barr. Sarafina Nwokenta, who gave a brief background of what the station has achieved through the school debate over the years, said the programme is meant to sharpen the intellect of participating schools.

She lauded the participating schools for passing through the rigours of the programme and burning of night candles aimed at ensuring they emerged tops, saying the programme will keep on improving in the years ahead.

Barr. Nwokenta appreciated the teachers for impacting and preparing the students for the event, maintaining that their rewards will begin here on earth before the bumper one in heaven.

Fielding questions from newsmen after the presentation of the first position award to her school, St.Theresa Girls Secondary School, Olokoro, Umuahia, the Chief Speaker, Mgbemena Chisimdi, said it was not easy achieving the feat. She recounted how she missed classes, tests in preparation for the debate.

She thanked God for making her School emerge victorious while calling on organisers of the debate to increase the time allotted to each of the speakers from three to five minutes to relax in presenting their points while commending Vision Africa Radio for such a wonderful initiative that sharpens the intellect of the Students., reports that the 1st position went to St. Theresa Girls Secondary School, Olokoro, Umuahia, 2nd position to Methodist Girls High School, Ugwunchara, Umueze, Umuahia while the 3rd position went to Shinning Lord’s Secondary School, Umuahia.



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