The private Premier University in Nigeria, Igbinedion University, Okada, has emerged winner of the inter-tertiary institution debate, which held at the International Conference Hall, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife on the 20th to 22rd February, 2017.

IUO emerged the best, beating Ambrose Ali University to 2nd runner up and the host university, Obafemi Awolowo University to 3rd runner up.

The inter-tertiary institution debate, which is an annual event comprises Universities, Colleges of Education and Polytechnics in Nigeria. This year’s theme was on "LEADERSHIP AND DEVELOPMENT", the contest is usually a mixture of the binary and British Parliamentary debate techniques.

The most complex issue with this type of debate is that contenders were not told about the motion of the debate until they converge at the parliament where the motion is announced and every participant had a maximum of 15 minutes to prepare. Also, contenders are made to know where they stand (oppose or support) through a ballot system.

IUO found itself opposing the motion which said, "This house believes that Nigerian Leader will win the war against insecurity in Nigeria". IUO was represented by Uche Ebezim 500L Medicine, Charity Atuchukwu 500L Medicine, Queen Ovbude 200L Mass Communication, Miracle Febuins 500L Engineering and Dorcas Lurgem 200L Mass communication. The Igbinedion University team was led by Dr. Christian C. Odoemelam, a lecturer in the department of Mass Communication.

Nine institutions from across some of the geopolitical zones of Nigeria participated in the event and they include; Federal College of Education Umunze, Anambra State; Federal University Ndufe Alike, Ebonyi State; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State; Ambrose Ali University, Edo State; The Oke-Ogun Polytechnic Saki, Oyo State; Obafemi Awolowo University, Osun State; Federal College of Education, Zaria, Kaduna State; Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State; and Samuel Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo State.

In his remark before the debate, the chairman of the evaluation panel Professor Yaqub of the German Language Institute, Duetsche, noted that participants were to be evaluated on the basis of appearance, body language, strength of argument, content and eloquence .

The grand finale of the event was held on the 21st of February where the awards were announced. There was a major tensed moment and a hush in the hall as the scores were announced.

Speaking to pressmen after the awards, the chief speaker of the Igbinedion University team, Uche Ebezim, a 500L Medical Student, said: "We just thank God for our University that keeps supporting us in these events. Last year, the University ensured that we participated at the International Public Speaking in Tamale, Ghana, where we emerged 1st & 2nd runners up respectively. These opportunities have really exposed us as Nigerian students".

On her part, the Igbinedion University Management has pledged to always support her students in such events. According to the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Osaghae E. Eghosa, "it is an extension of the learning experience provided by the university for our students".


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