A team from the Faculty of Health Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nnewi Campus, has won the 2021 inter-faculty debate championship of the University.
The two-man team beat three other contesting teams to win the grand prize money of one hundred and five thousand naira.
Correspondent, Daniel Ezeigwe, reports that the winning team out-performed other contenders in a topic that dwelt on Police reforms and institution of Community policing.
Also, Faculty of Law and a second team from the Faculty of Health Sciences were the first and second runners up, winning seventy-five thousand naira and forty-five thousand naira respectively.
The debaters were assessed in different areas of life, including philosophy, mental problems, political issues, human relations and sports, and were given the debate topic just fifteen minutes before kick off to test their knowledge of their environments, readiness and carriage.
In her speech, the guest speaker and former Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences of the University, Professor Stella Okunna, said the debate was a good opportunity to gauge the mindset and measure perspectives of the students issues, noting that the topics were relevant, judging the socio-political and multi-ethnic structure of the current Nigerian state.
Professor Okunna also noted that debate is a right and fundamental aspect of a democratic association, pointing out that sound exchange of ideas strengthens the polity and ensures inclusive governance.
In his remark, the host and Dean of Students Affairs of the University, Professor Chinonso Achebe, said it was important that the modern society understood the power of debate over fisticuffs and tantrums, noting that the idea to organize the academic exercise was impressive.
Another guest speaker and Professor of Poetry and Post-colonial Literature, Chike Okoye, who provided insight into effective debates, said that good debates must be logically consistent and dwell on facts, and must be built on concrete ideas meant to solve a particular problem.
The keynote speaker at the event and an Intellectual Property Lawyer, Martin Beck Nworah, who graduated from the University, said with quality of arguments coming out from the debate, Nigeria can boast of a better hope; regardless of the difficulty of the moment, adding that coming at a time when the quality of graduates churned out by Nigerian higher institutions are questioned, the event provides a platform for hope.
In an interview, the Secretary General of Student Union Government, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Comrade David Obiakor, under whose office the event was organized, said the plan to organize the debate was first on his manifesto, stating that the outing was his most preferred choice among other social activities because of its long-term benefits.
The National President of Anambra State Association of Town Unions, ASATU, Barrister Titus Akpudo, was represented at the event by the President General of Enugwu-Ukwu Community Development Union, Comrade Bonny Ozo-Nkwuaku.