A legislator representing Kosofe Constituency 1 in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Babatunde Okanlawon, has implored the government to make debate a compulsory exercise in public schools in the state.
Okanlawon, who made the suggestion at the maiden edition of Okla Inter-School Debate Competition, organised by him for public secondary schools in his constituency under Education District 2, said that it would not only help in their proficiency in English language but also aid exchange of ideas among them.
The lawmaker said that debate would help students to sharpen their argumentative and interpretative skills that are needed to enhance academic productivity, adding that debate clubs in schools should be resuscitated.
He said that the Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led administration prioritised education and that because of this, the sector had the second highest share in the 2022 budget, adding that the debate competition was in line with the THEME agenda of the governor.
While reeling out his achievements, Okanlawon stated that he had facilitated employment for over 60 graduates into the state’s teaching service, saying that he also gave scholarships to students with N300,000 insurance cover each.
Speaking further, he said he had delivered ICT centre in Emmanuel Primary School and that he sank borehole in the school to address the sanitary challenges.
The lawmaker gave N250,000 cash to Ogudu Senior High School that won the debate competition, while Anthony Village Senior High School and Mende Senior High School got N150,000 and N100,000 respectively for coming second and third.