IBBUL POLITICAL SCIENCE STUDENTS ENGAGE UNILAG COUNTERPARTS IN A DEBATE

Students of Political Science Department of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai recently engaged their counterparts from University of Lagos in a keenly contested debate on the topic: “The 2019 General Elections in Nigeria – A Huge Success”, and won outstandingly.

The IBB University, Lapai contingent who proposed the motion scored a total of 555 points to defeat their host, the University of Lagos who garnered 541.UNILAG opposed the motion.

The IBBUL contingent at the contest were Muazu Umar, a physically challenged student, was the first speaker while Vivian Intassah Pappara was the second speaker and James Elijah Ayobami was the third speaker.

The Head of Political Science Department of the University of Lagos, Professor Brown Onouha expressed satisfaction for the excellent outing of IBB University Students and for emerging victorious.

He noted that IBB University, Lapai had challenged the UNILAG Political Science Department and assured that efforts would be made to reach out to students of other universities on intellectual engagements in order to promote healthy scholarship.

In his remarks after the competition, the Leader of University’s contingent, Dr. Ahmed Mohammed Letswa who represented the Head of Department, Political Science, Professor Victor Kolawole thanked the Department of Political Science, University of Lagos for the warm reception and ensuring fairness and transparency in the debate.

He disclosed that the Political Science Department of IBBUL would continue to collaborate on with University of Lagos on academic activities for the benefit of two Institutions.

Dr. Lestwa pointed out that the debate was one of the significant activities of 2018/2019 academic session field trip programme for 400 level students, and a critical course unit for all students of Political Science, which is aimed at providing students with the opportunity of having first hand information and political experience about the institutions they have theoretically been taught.

Among other successful activities of the Field Trip by the Department include attending a lecture organized by the Director, United Nations Organization Information Centre, Lagos, Mr Ronald Kayanja on the topic “United Nations (UN) Security Architecture: Challenges for the 21th Century”.

The Lecture centred on the purpose of United Nations in guaranteeing world peace, security and development.

The Director remarked that the visit was very timing now that the entire world was faced with challenges, both inter and intra-crisis among nations.

He said youths who are to be in leadership positions tomorrow needed to be sensitized to contribute their quarter to decimating the global crisis.

Mr. Kayanja also briefed the staff and students in attendance that the present Deputy Secretary General of the UN, Hajiya Amina Zakari has made Africans proud because of her landmark reforms in UN particularly on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) and affirmative action where women have equal representation at UN for the first time.

The Director noted that the office of the UN Deputy Secretary General was not known until Hahiya Amina Zakari came on board, and noted that the visit by IBB University to the centre was first of its kind.

He requested that IBB University should introduce the model of United Nations (UN) to be domiciled in the Department of Political Science and should also introduce Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Club which would be anchored by the Department..

Mr. Kayanja assured of collaboration with IBB University on training of the intending members of the club and promised to reach out to the Vice- Chancellor of University through the Head of Political Science on the modalities.

Dr. Letswa appealed for the cooperation of Director of UNIC to enable the Department host the United Nations assembly model of typical mock parliament organized by the Department, which should be attended by Diplomats and government officials.

The Department awarded the lead debater the sum of ₦20,000 while the supporting debaters were awarded ₦5,000 naira each.

A total of 167 (400 level students) participated in the field trip led by Dr. Ahmed M. Letswa who was accompanied by some lecturers in the Department, Mallam. S. S. Isyaku and Mallam N. M. Edita respectively.

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