29th November, 2010
The Blue Roof, Lagos Television, Ikeja, Lagos State was agog at the weekend asÂ students of public secondary schools in the state thrilled parents, governmentÂ officials, teachers and others at aÂ debate.
The state government showered on the students who excelled andÂ made their schoolsÂ proud.
The finale of the Lagos State Schoolsâ€™ Debate was between the Lagos State SeniorÂ Model College, Igbonla, Epe and CMS Girls Senior Grammar School, Bariga.Â TheÂ subject of debate was Second Term Ticket should be based on Performance.
CMS Girls Grammar School was on the opposing viewÂ and believed that second termÂ ticket should not be based on performance. Many watchers expected Model College,Â Igbonla supporting the motion to win but they disappointed all.
Miss Temitope Nuatin, the chief speaker of CMS Girls Grammar School and the opposingÂ was the toast of all as she single-handedly convinced the thousands of peopleÂ present that second term ticket should not be based on performance.
The winning school got N.5 million, while the students Nuatin and Esther OlatunjiÂ got a computer each and a trophy. The second place winner, Model College, IgbonlaÂ got N250,000, gifts and a trophy and the third place winner, got N150, 000 and otherÂ gifts.Â The fourth place winner got N50, 000 and gifts.
Also, Surakatu Jumoke of Model College, Igbokuta carted away the first prize in theÂ best speaker category while Ishayya Titi of Badagry Grammar School and Olajire DoraÂ of Araromi Senior Grammar School came second and third respectively.
The competition started with 288 public schools and eighty nine 89 private schoolsÂ which contested at the various district preliminaries between March and April 2010.
The preliminaries produced four schools for the finals which are CMS Girls SeniorÂ Grammar School, Lagos State Model College, Igbonla, Araromi Senior Grammar SchoolÂ and Badagry Grammar School.
Governor Babatunde Fashola who was represented at the debate by her deputy, PrincessÂ Sarah Sosan charged the students to imbibe the virtues of team work, healthyÂ rivalry, honesty and diligence in all their undertakings