By Oginyi Nkechinyere
Ebonyi State Governor, Engr. David Umahi on Thursday said effective engagement of teeming unemployed Nigeria graduates into skills is main panacea to end incessant conflict threatening the peaceful coexistence of the citizens of the country.
This was an outcome of a school debate competition organized by the Ebonyi State government as part of activities marking the second term inauguration and swearing in of Governor David Umahi.
The grand finale of the event under the auspices of Ebonyi State Centenary Debate Team led by the Senior Special Adviser to the Governor on higher Education, Adaeze Nwuzor, was held on Thursday at the Akanu Ibiam International Conference Centre, Abakaliki.
The theme of the debate was: ‘This House Would Make Peace and Conflict Resolution, a Compulsory Subject in our School’.
Team from the Federal Government Girls College, Ezzangbo, Ohaukwu Local Government Area supported the motion while Students of St. Charles Secondary School, Nsokara, Ezza South Local Government Area opposed the motion.
Folk Technical College, Ikwo took the third position while Federal Government Girl’s College (FGGC), Ezzangbo took second.
First position went to St. Charles Secondary school, Nsokara Ezza North.
The best speaker in the debate was awarded to Miss Ngwoke Louisa of St. Charles Secondary School.
Speaking during the event, Governor David Umahi said his education friendly policies coupled with prompt payment of teacher’s salaries were targeted at giving every Ebonyi Child the best educational opportunity.
He added that Ebonyi State has continued to shift its educational focus to Vocational, Skill Acquisition for self reliance in order to nip the social vices occasioned by unemployment in the bud.
Governor Umahi, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Hygenus Nwokwu commended the organizers of the debate and urged parents to support their wards in promoting debate in the school.
He added that the introduction of Peace and Conflict Resolution in Nigeria’s school curriculum should be backed with tangible policies for employment and job creation for it to bear tangible results.
The Chairman of the occasion and Deputy Principal Secretary to Governor Umahi, Emmanuel Obasi, expressed happiness with the present Ebonyi School System and called for sustenance of the tempo to enable the state take full lead in the educational system in Nigeria. While announcing the result of the debate, the Chairman commended both the proposing and opposing sides for their ingenuity and erudition, stressing that their points have added much value to be harnessed for further progress in the State’s school system.