In commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of creation of Lagos State tagged Lagos @ 50, non-alcoholic beverage giant, Nigerian Bottling Company Limited (NBC) partnered with the Lagos State Ministry of Education with the sponsorship of the grand finale of the of the 8th edition of the Lagos State School’s Debate Competition which held on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at AdeyemiBero Auditorium, Lagos State Government Secretariat, AlausaIkeja, Lagos.
The company rewarded the winners of the senior secondary school category with cash prizes; the first prize winner, United Senior High School, Ikorodu was rewarded with the sum of Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira Only (N250,000.00), Vetland Senior Grammar School Agege got the sum of One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira Only (N150,000.00) as second prize while Epe Senior Grammar School, Epe was rewarded with One Hundred Thousand Naira Only (N100,000.00) as third prize.
Speaking at the grand finale of the competition, the Legal, Public Affairs and Communications Director, Nigerian Bottling Company, Mrs. Sade Morgan noted that NBC as a company makes significant investment in education through the provision and upgrade of educational infrastructure across the country, capacity building for academic professional at all levels of the educational system as well as other support initiatives.
Mrs. Morgan highlighted that the sponsorship of this programme is another platform through which the company is adding value to the lives of the future generation of this great nation. “We have decided to sponsor this laudable competition because we believe that corporate organizations should focus on listening to, celebrating and rewarding our future leaders; this is why we are always found setting the pace.” Morgan stated.
The competition which had in participation a total of 631 government schools (165 primary schools, 224 junior secondary schools and 243 senior secondary schools) from the 6 educational districts and 20 educational zones also had 34 private schools participate (10 primary, 12 junior secondary and 12 senior secondary schools).
While giving the welcome address, the Chairman of the Debate Competition Committee, who is also the Special Adviser to the Executive Governor of Lagos State on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh revealed that this was the first edition in which private schools were invited to participate.He explained that the committee decided to invite private schools as a way to also foster a public-private partnership type of relationship in the educational sector.
After the competition, the Governor of Lagos State, MrAkinwumiAmbode, represented by the Special Adviser to the Executive Governor on Communities and Communication, MrKehindeBamigbetan presented the cash prizes and trophies to the winners.
The winner of the competition, United Senior School, Ikorodu was represented by TorishadeAyobami (Chief Speaker) and AnifowosheQodiat (Supporting Speaker), Odebowale Sunday Tobi (Chief Speaker) and Akinyemi Dennis (Supporting Speaker) represented Vetland Senior Grammar School, Agege while Epe Senior Grammer School, Epe was represented by Adebayo Marvelous (Chief Speaker) and Ogunwale Mariam (Supporting Speaker)
While stating that the education of the Nigerian child is an enormous responsibility that should not be left alone for government, parents and guardians, Morgan explained that NBC has been and will continue to champion the development of education in the country which would in turn drive youth development and advancement in the country.
“As a company, we are fully committed to sustainable partnerships with stakeholders, collaborating with States Ministry of Education and the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to provide the needed infrastructure for the educational development,” she said, recalling that the company has consistently donated ‘Back to School’ Kits including school bags, exercise books, water bottles, pencils and crayons to students across Nigeria, year after year toadvance the development of education in Nigeria.
She thereafter congratulated the students present for participating in the competition, charging them to remain focused and consistently strive to improvethemselves.
The competition had in attendance several important stakeholders in the educational system including members of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), members of the Local Government Education Authority (LGEA), staff of Ministry of Education,community leaders, teachers from various schools,parents, and participating & non-participating students.