Waves Magazine @ 10: HOMAT, Other Participating Schools Shine Like Stars in Inter-Schools Debate

Kunle Adelabu & Augustine Onus.

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Star prize winner, Miss Tito Onasanya (lead speaker) and Gbemisola Popoola (supporting speaker) of Homat Comprehensive College, Ikorodu receiving the Certificate of Award and the star prize from Alhaji Ganiyu Abiru, the Chairman of the Occasion (2nd right) and Mr Azeez Lamina, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, Waves Magazine during the Inter-School Debate Competition organized by the Waves Magazine in Ikorodu recently

The debate competition among senior secondary schools organized to herald the 10 years anniversary of one of the leading entertainment magazines in Lagos State, Waves Magazine, has come and gone, but the memories will linger for years to come because of its impacting nature and the outstanding performances of the students of the participating school.

Five schools among the lot invited participated in the inaugural edition of the Waves Magazine Inter-School Debate Competition with the theme, “Can Corruption Be Eradicated In Nigeria?”.The event took place on Wednesday, February 22, 2016, at the HOMAT Basic School Hall, Igbe junction, Ikorodu.

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The Chairman of the occasion, Alhaji Ganiyu Abiru (right), a member of the panel of judges (2nd right), the Chief Judge, Mr Steve Adesemoye (2nd left) and the keynote speaker, Alhaji Lanre Kuye (left) in group photograph with Mr Azeez Lamina, publisher, Waves Magazine (middle), during the event at HOMAT Basic School hall, Igbe, Igbogbo.

The participating schools were De Smart College, Rockfold International school, Ikorodu Grammar School, Homat Comprehensive College and Access Point School. Some of the schools which are yet to have senior classes entered the competition with junior students.

Alhaji Ganiu Abiru, former Clerk of the Lagos State House of Assembly and the Chairman of the Occasion, in his address urged the pupils to do well in their studies and be the factors of what is good around them.

The Chairman who was impressed with the level of the students’ awareness and erudity, described the competition as a scholarly exercise and commended the organizer for the initiative.

Speaking on the theme, he stated that corruption cannot be eradicated in any part of the globe but can be minimized.

“It is not possible to eradicate corruption but it can be minimized and effectively managed if we all have the fear of God and the discipline to know that corrupt acts is inimical to development.

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The winner of the Inter-School Debate Competition, HOMAT Group of Schools and the runner-up, Rockford College, Ikorodu in group photograph with dignitaries at the event

He condemned situations where parents approach teachers to help their wards in examinations and the students engaging in acts that give them undue advantage over their mates.

Mr Azeez Lamina, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, Waves Magazine, in his address stated that the Inter-School Debate Competition was his own way of given back to the society by productively engaging the students.

The publisher who was disappointed with the poor response of  many of the schools invited to participate in the competition, enjoined the society at large to continually engage the youths in meaningful exercises that would give them awareness of what the society is expecting from them as leaders of tomorrow.

According the young publisher, the competition would be an annual event in Ikorodu.

Alhaji Lanre Kuye, Deputy Registrar (Information)/Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu, in his keynote address stated that corruption is a monster that every reasonable individual who wants meaningful development must fight against.

While also commending the publisher of the Waves magazine whom he described as a good ambassador of the Lagos State Polytechnic, he enjoined other institutions and corporate bodies to emulate the Waves magazine’s exemplary initiative in creating a conducive and good learning environment that will enhance the development of education in Ikorodu.

At the end of the debate, the panel of judges led by Mr Steve Adesemoye, a senior lecture in the Department of Mass Communications, Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu, announced the duo of Miss Tito Onasanya (lead speaker) and Gbemisola Popoola (supporting speaker) from Homat Comprehensive College as the winner of the inaugural edition of the Inter-School Debate in Ikorodu with 135points.

Rockfold College came second with a total of 119points, De Smart College came third with a total of 112points, Ikorodu Grammar School  came fourth with 111points and Access Point College was fifth with 100points.

Other dignitaries that graced the event were Alhaja Lamina, Proprietor, Lateef Lamina Memorial Schools, Alhaji G. A Lamina, father of the publisher, Otunba Dare Odufowokan, Assistant Editor, The Nation Newspaper, Prince Henry Ojoye, Chief Press Secretary to Ayangbure of Ikorodu, Ambassador Rasheed Fatuga, Administrator, Ikorodu Ambassadors, Mr Olalekan Biliamin, Publisher, Southwest Reporters and Kunle Adelabu, Publisher, THE IMPACT Newspaper, among many others.

 

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