The Kaduna state government under Mallam Nasir El-Rufai through the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor On Media and Publicity Samuel Aruwan issued a statement congratulating the Nigerian debate team from the state for defeating Team USA at the World School Debate Championship 2018 (WSDC 2018) held in Croatia and Slovenia.
The governor of Kaduna equally gave the participants a team gift of 1 million naira “for making Kaduna state proud, describing the team as the state’s ambassadors,” he said.
“I want to personally thank you for making our Kaduna state proud. You have become our worthy ambassadors. Thank you for putting Kaduna on the map of the world”, he added.
In another development, Mr. Collins Uma reached out to the debate organizers on the status of Nigeria in the competition and their response showed that the Nigerian delegates never made it to the competition because they couldn’t get visas.
Dear Gov @elrufai
I wrote to the organisers of the World School Debate Championship for information on how far Nigeria (represented by Kaduna state) went in the competition. There was NO DELEGATION FROM NIGERIA.
See screenshot of the response from them. pic.twitter.com/AbCLUFiXRA
— Callings (@CollinsUma) July 27, 2018
We decided to investigate further on this and from our findings, Nigeria never appeared in the result list of the competition even with African countries like Rwanda, Liberia, and South Africa being a part of it.
The results for the WSDC 2018 with the countries, their wins and ballots can be found below;
The initial delegation list of about 51 countries shows that Nigeria passed the first stage.
Visiting their Facebook Page, Team China won the World Schools Debate Championship (WSDC 2018) with India coming as the first runners-up.
According to the statement by the Kaduna State government, the following were part of the delegates to debate competition (WSDC 2018);
Mary Manuel Bawa, a student of Government Secondary School, Independence Way, Kaduna, Shuaibu Nura of Alhudahuda College in Zaria and Auwal Abubakar, a student of Government Secondary School, Kofar Kibo in Zaria. Other members of the team are Hauwa Mustapha of Government Secondary School, Kofar Gaya in Zaria, Joy Victor, a student of ECWA Secondary School, Kaduna and Nathaniel Adamu of St John’s Secondary School, Kachia.