Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has offered scholarship to four secondary school students who represented the country from the state in this year’s President School Debate which took place recently in Czeck Republic for coming first in the competition.Governor Sani Bello announced the scholarship package when the victorious students presented the laurel won at the Act of Europe International Debate Tournament to him in his office in Minna,the state capital.

The governor who was so elated by the superlative performance of the students at the global talkshop said the scholarship was to encourage the participants as well as other students in the state to put in their best in their academic performance. The Governor commended the remarkable efforts of the students as well as the committee in charge of the competition and awarded each of the four students who represented the state with N50,000 as well as each member of the committee.”Your remarkable effort has brought the state global recognition and its image on the pages of international media.

You have indeed made the state proud and my desire for you is to attain greater heights.That is why the state is offering four of you scholarship to enable you pursue your academic desire up to university level.”I assure you of our full support and I guarantee you of the state’s participation in the next competition in Croatia,in July 2018,” he added.Governor Sani Bello assured that his administration will continue to accord education a priority attention by ensuring that more schools are captured in the “Whole School Rehabilitation” in order to actualize education sector restoration agenda and to reposition it.

The National Coordinator of President School Debate,Elder Dare Oritu explained that the purpose of the debate competition was to promote democracy,enable youths interact with their counterparts and to also help them in conflict resolution.The Director of Programmes, School Debate, Professor Benedict Emunemu who spoke on behalf of the team commended the Niger state debate team who represented Nigeria at the tournament for their outstanding performance in the competition,adding that their effort has guaranteed them a slot in next year competition in Croatia.

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