By SUNDAY AGBO, Abakaliki
Wife of Ebonyi State Governor, Mrs. Rachael Umahi, has solicited Federal Government support for the Centenary competition debate team slated for August in Australia.
Mrs. Umahi made the appeal in Abakaliki during the presentation of trophies to the winners of 2017 Ebonyi Centenary Democracy Inter school debate championship.
Umahi who said there was no going back on the competition in Ebonyi, expressed gratitude to God for its success.
According to her, “the debate has come to stay in Ebonyi State. Initially, it was just for secondary schools, now it has gone round up to tertiary institution courtesy of Governor David Umahi.
“When you see that somebody is a champion, it takes determination, commitment and hard work. Children are gift from God. He has given us the responsibility to train them. If you leave your responsibility, others will fill them with negativity”
She encouraged the debaters not to be carried away by exposures they have gained but hold tenaciously to their education.
Rev. Fr. Abraham Nwali, Senior Special Assistant to Governor Umahi on Religious and Welfare Matters and the chairman of the occasion called on parents to dedicate their time on the training and development of their children.
Nwali said: “debate has become a prominent way of harnessing intelligence. When you are involved in debate, you always think very smart, it keeps the memory alert, it provokes intelligence, fights against stage freight and exposes potential professionalism”.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Higher Education, Adaeze Nwuzor commended Governor Umahi for assisting the debaters and for providing an enabling environment for the competition, adding that through the support of the governor, the state debate team has represented Nigeria in many countries.
Chief Stanley Ngwu, the National Debate Coach appreciated the state and federal government for providing the opportunity to represent the country outside the state.
He called for the federal government to assist in providing logistic as they prepare to represent the country in Indonesia next month.
He equally appealed that politicians should not play politics with the debating exercise, noting that what they do is purely academics.
Ugboaku Idam on behalf of the tertiary debaters solicited more financial support from the federal government to enable them partake in international competitions, blaming their inability to respond to invitations on poor funding.