The Governor of Abia State, Theodore Orji has awarded scholarships for study to twelve Abia pupils who are winners of the â€œMost Outstanding Debater Awardâ€ in the last Nigeria Pre â€“ Centenary Inter â€“ SUBEB Debate Championship as well as the Presidentâ€™s Schools Debate and Junior Engineers / Technicians Science Competitions conducted in Abuja recently.
Theodore Orji made this known in his Executive Committee Chambers when the Chairman of the Abia State Universal Education Board, Mike Onyebuchi presented the pupils, trophy and certificates won to him. He also gave cash rewards of one hundred Thousand Naira each to the pupils and one million naira to all the teachers who were part of the success story.
Orji directed that the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education should work out the total amount of the scholarship from now to their university level in accordance to the basic Abia State fees, inscribing that payment would be deposited in each childâ€™s individual accounts as a fixed deposit that will accrue interest and enable them finance their academics in the future.
The Abia State Governor further stated that the children are a special gift of God to the State and expressed gratitude to God for endowing the State with such intelligent children who have left indelible marks on the sands of time.
He noted that the outstanding children need to be encouraged to enable them achieve more in life; saying they deserve more than first position. According to him, their parents whose genes produced them and the teachers who tutored and mentored them to the paths of greatness deserve worthy commendations.
Theodore Orji applauded the efforts of the State Government for providing the enabling environments which helped them to soar higher; noting that this in line with the present administrationâ€™s legacies will be remembered eternally. He thanked them for making the State proud. Adding, their performance has placed the State in the first position in Nigeria.
Earlier in his address, the Chairman of ASUBEB, Mike Onyebuchi commented that the awards have recorded another significant milestone in the history of the State. â€œThe pupils have conquered other contingents across the thirty six states and the FCT to emerge winners despite the numerous laurels at the zonal, state, national and international arena in the past. One of the pupils was adjudged the â€˜Best Outstanding Debaterâ€™ in Nigeria,â€ he explained.
The highlight of the ceremony was the mock debate between Chinyere Onyemenam and Chibuzor Raphael on the topic â€“ â€œCapital Punishment Should not Remain in the Nigerian Constitutionâ€ and the excellent demonstration of the Science Project l on Security Alarm Alertness by Ochiabuto Ifeoma.