UniPort Team Takes Second Position At Varsities’ Debate

altPreparatory to the Pan-African Universities Debating Championships billed from Friday, November 29 to Sunday, December 8, 2013, the contingent from the University has taken second position at the maiden All Nigerian Universities Debating Championships hosted by the University of Calabar, Cross River State. The event which held between 20th and 25th October, 2013, with 20 participating universities, saw the “A Team” from the host University emerging overall best winners.  
Speaking while receiving the victorious UniPort Team at the Committee Room, last Monday, Vice-Chancellor, Professor Joseph Ajienka, who congratulated them for their brilliant performance at the competition, directed the Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Research and Development, Professor Bene Willie Abbey to work out a befitting reception package for the prize-winning team.
“We thank you for bringing this honour. Indeed, you made the University proud. You flew the University flag very high and you did it well. Even if you did not win any prize at the competition, the valuable experience you got would still have been enough to prepare you for future competitions,” Professor Ajienka said, expressing hope that the outing had exposed the students to a new academic horizon.
The Vice-Chancellor, further asked Leader of the delegation, Professor IheanachorAkakuru,  to do a formal report and make recommendations that would guide the University on ways to encourage students engage in meaningful debate for national development. He faulted some of the contemporary debate on national issues as weak in logical arguments capable of giving wrong direction to policy-makers.
In his brief, Leader of the delegation, Professor Akakuru, disclosed that a member of the team, NnanahNdifreke, emerged the Third Best Debater, in addition to the overall second position of the University, praising the students for conducting themselves in an exceptionally good manner throughout the event.
“Our team came last in the first debate, but I advised the students not to despair as our participation after all, was our first entry into the Championships and in the least, could serve as a valuable exposure to us. They put back themselves together and we got to the final stage with the University of Calabar and emerged overall second best debaters,” Professor Akakurusaid, disclosing further that Imo State University (IMSU) came third, while another team from UNICAL took the fourth position. He commended the Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development) for their support for the debate contingent, calling for more support to enable the team perform better at future competitions.
Professor Akakuru, who was the immediate past Associate Dean, Faculty of Humanities, accompanied by another Lecturer in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MrDufua Sharp-Akosubo, stated that the University has a crop of potential debaters, who if properly trained would contribute useful ideas for national development. He called for the constitution of a Committee to raise the culture of debate among students of the University.
The students, who participated in the Championships, were: Joseph, InyamaNnanna (History and Diplomatic Studies); Peter, OvieAkus (Linguistics and Communication Studies); Ike-Obioha, Uchechi Gold (Medicine and Surgery) and Nnanah, Charlie Ndifreke (Geography and Environmental Management).
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