The University of Calabar is set to host a championship expected to foster the intellectual capacity of students and prepare grounds for budding student politicians in Nigerian universities.
The Dean of Students Affair of UNICAL, Prof. Eyong Ubana Eyong, noted that the first All Nigeria Universities Debating Championship billed for Oct 20 through Oct. 26 will precede the sixth Pan-African Universities Debate Championship which the university will also host from Nov. 29 to Dec. 8, Eyong said.
The theme of the debate would be “Corruption, Insecurity and National Development’’, to reflect Nigeria’s current challenges.
He said the debate was an all students affair to promote the culture of debate in tertiary institutions, where the culture of listening, dialogue and acceptance of superior argument to change the course of action were encouraged.
11 universities out of the 102 universities in Nigeria have registered for the tournament, which would use the British Parliamentary Debate format to encourage critical thinking and discourse.
In his speech, Mr Franklin David, the Chief Adjudicator for the debate, said each of the participating institutions would present two debating teams and one adjudicator at the championship.
He said the idea was to help the students in critical thinking and tolerance of opinion.