Federal University Otuoke has successfully hosted her 1st Inter-University Political Science debate for undergraduate students from selected universities in the Niger Delta region, with the Niger Delta University (NDU) emerging winner of the competition.
Welcoming the guests, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Seth Accra Jaja commended the organizers of the programme for the novel idea of bringing together students of the Niger Delta.
The Vice Chancellor who was represented at the occasion by Dean Faculty of Engineering Prof. Steve Nwabuzor noted that the theme for the debate which is “the sustainable Development goals (SDGs) and “Africa’s Development Agenda” was apt to balance inequality that exists in continents of the world.
According to him, the African society is in a pitiable state but with this awareness, it will raise consciousness among youths and other stakeholders to achieve the UN goals come 2030.
Also welcoming the participating Universities the Acting Head, Political Science Department, Dr. Love Arugu posited that the event is for Political Science students in the Niger Delta region to integrate and interact on a topical issue trending in the world.
“We believe that exposing our students to extra curricula activities through the organization of seminars, debates, workshops and other off-the classroom academic programmes, will help prepare students and youths adequately to face contemporary socio-economic challenges” she said.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has outlined seventeen goals to be achieved by 2030, and if actualized, the developed and developing world will be at par for socio-economic development.
Universities who featured in the debate include; Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Rivers State, taking the 3rd position, University of Port-Harcourt,-4th place, Niger Delta University Amassoma- winners and Federal University Otuoke,-1st runner up. The organizers also gave prizes to participants.