BEING A COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE GRAND FINALE OF ORATORY CONTEST 2.0 ORGANIZED BY NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF KWARA STATE STUDENTS (NAKSS) NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS HELD AT NBA HOUSE, KWARA STATE HIGH COURT, ILORIN ON THE 18TH SEPTEMBER, 2021.
The Oratory Contest 2.0 Grand Finale themed: BANDITRY: A Threat to Nigeria’s Green Economy the Way Forward commenced at exactly 11:00am with the recitation of National Anthem, after which Aluta Anthem was recited and led by Comrade Habeebullahi Tajudeen. Shortly after, introduction of the special guests was done. Dignitaries at the occasion include: Kwara State Commissioner of Police, CP Amienbo Tuesday Assayomo psc+ ably represented by CSP Adebowale Akerele; Honourable Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Hajia Sa’adat Modibbo Kawu ably represented by Alh. Wahab Saka; the Guest Speaker, Prof. Ibrahim Abdulganiy Jawondo; former NAKSS Senate President, Hon. Sulyman Sai Kai; Hon. Suleiman Lekan Gadaffi; Alh. Lanre Ataragba; Head of News Department, Radio Kwara, Mr Tunde Hussein; Chairman, Kwara Geography Information Services Mr AbdulMutalib Shittu represented by Hajia Aisha Jimoh Mahmud; Convener Akaje My Rep, Amb. Ibrahim Akaje among others.
Going forward, the NAKSS National Headquarters President, Comrade MUFTAU, Mubarak Shittu Atunlushe delivered his opening speech where he recounted some of his achievements since his assumption of office in January, 2021. The president, in his address, pointed to the following achievements: virtual digital skill training, campaign against social vices, Provision of scholarship and educational materials to students in partnership with Opa Sobi. He also spelt out a partnership which was enjoyed with ProjectSIP, an initiative to provide free sandals to 2000 indigent pupils in Kwara state, prompt response to students yearnings not limited to bursary, insecurity and emergency periods. Particularly, in the case of Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto accident victims and Jos unrest victims.
Comrade Muftau Mubarak proceeded by appreciating the State Government for their all times support. He added that, today’s program marks the 2nd edition of Oratory Contest which was institutionalized by immediate past President of the association, Comrade Abdulazeez Adisa Jaji.
After this development, 2 Men panel of judges for the Oratory Contest was constituted. The judges includes Mr. Jimoh Francis and UCJ President, Unilorin Chapter, Adedimeji Quoyum. In a similar vein, 3 men communiqué drafting committee was constituted; Shafihi Abdulrasheed Oladimeji, University of Ilorin as the chairman; Musa Muritala Bada, Federal Polytechnic Offa and Animasahun Fadheela, Kwara State University, Malete as members of the committee.
The panel of judges, upon taken up their task, invited the participants to the presentation ground. The participants invited are:
1. Ibraheem Olasunkanmi Qoseem (Kwara State University, Malete)
2. Haroon Abdullahi Ayodeji (University of Ilorin, Ilorin)
3. Abdulfatai Omolara Khadijah (University of Ilorin, Ilorin)
4. Abdulrasaq Olanrewaju Habeebullahi ( Federal University of Dutsin-Ma Katsina) ABSENT
5. Abdulmujeeb Muhammed (National Teacher’s Institute, Kaduna)
6. Oladoja Khadeejah Omojasola (University of Ilorin, Ilorin)
7. Asinleke Ibraheem Habeebullahi (Kwara State College of Education, Ilorin)
8. Yusuf Abdulquadri Eleburuike (Nana Aishat College of Education, Ilorin)
9. Love Mofiyinfoluwa Abiodun (University of Ilorin, Ilorin)
10. Ismail Khadijat Moromoke (University of Ilorin, Ilorin)
To guide the actions of the public and participants, the panel of judges announced the rules of engagement for the oratory contest. Audience were admonished to encourage the performers by clapping, and shun booing or intimidating the participants for any reason. For orators, the following rules were outlined: civil running of speech, introduction of the topic, subject mastery, delivery and presentation skill, content and persuasiveness. Others are time management, dressing, audibility, logicality, coherent and clarity.
The first performer, Ibrahim Olasunkanmi Qoseem harped his submission on the effect of banditry, saying it’s caused by unemployment, insecurity, kidnapping among others. He, however, admonished government to institutionalized strong advocacy on banditry, prompt response to unusual social mishaps and prosecution of evil perpetrators.
On the part of Abdulfatai Omolara Khadijah, she noted that there are large unregulated forests in Nigeria with reference to Sambisa forest which increases the pace at which bandits operate. She suggested that provision of job opportunity by government and serious brace-up from relevant stakeholders are required to bring about peace, unity and good governance.
Fast-forward, Haroon Abdullahi Ayodeji re-echo various atrocities committed by bandits which are not limited to kidnapping, cattle rustling and the host of others. He, however, charged the government to go to the round table with the bandits as former late President Umar Musa Yar’Adua exhibited while Niger Delta Militants was on disheartening fate. Moreover, provision of more sophisticated weapons to security personnel is important.
Moving to the fourth performer, Abdulmujeeb Mohammed described the subject of banditry as a social issue that has hampered Nigeria socioeconomic growth. Thus, government should create meaningful employment, reorientation on ethical values and government at all levels should be functional at all facets of the society.
Another orator Oladoja Khadijah Omojasola described banditry as very destructive, making reference to kidnapping. Government should therefore equip security personnel to go after bandits. He advised members of society to be vigilant and support the efforts of security personnel to put a stop to the menace.
Ibraheem Habeebullahi being the sixth performer perceived banditry as social crisis. Describes unemployment, bad governance, nepotism etc. as the causes of banditry. He sued for good governance and creation of innovative curriculum in the educational sector.
Yusuf AbdulQodir Eleburuike observed that agricultural sector contribute largely to Nigeria economic base and the sad incidence of banditry has posed danger to the sector which thereby has dealt food security a big blow. He, then, posited that government should use all available man power to protect speculation of banditry malevolent acts.
In the same vein, Love Mofiyinfoluwa Abiodun stressed that poverty eradication program and consistent provision of employment opportunity to citizens are strong enough to stop banditry. Similarly, government should employ more intelligent personnel to combat the pressing state of banditry.
Finally, Ismail Khadijah Moromoke make references to recent studies, suggested that government should provide social amenities and proper use of green economy to the advantage of teeming Nigerians.
As the knowledge-driven session closed for the presentation from the 9 participants. The citation of Guest Speaker, Professor Ibrahim Abdulganiy Jawondo was read by Comrade Mashood Rofiat Ajibike from Kwara State College of Education, Ilorin.
The vast educationist and peace advocate of international repute, Prof. Ibrahim AbdulGaniy Jawondo in his address recounted his contribution as a progressive member of NAKSS from inception during his B.Sc. in University of Ilorin. The scholar in furtherance of his submissions boldly aligned with the position of one of the orators who opined that, banditry cannot be totally curb, but it can be mitigated to a very ground level. In the case of Nigeria, amendment is urgently paramount to foster national development considering the increasing pace of banditry.
According to Prof. Ibrahim Abdulganiy Jawondo, there’s no long and unending freedom. We are the architect of our insecurity challenges in Nigeria. He opined that, military personnel are not expected to showcase their attack and movement plans on national TVs or any media outlet to stop giving hints for bandits and other evil perpetrators.
Meanwhile, the educationist with years of experience likened the inception of injustice bedeviling Nigerian society to take its origin from precolonial era. He added that, we ought to address injustice right from home and this will give birth to a safer society.
As part of the ways forward from the backlash experienced in the cold hands of banditry, he charged governments at all levels to look inward for solution.
Alh. Lanre Ataragba, one of the trusted NAKSS stakeholders while giving goodwill message after the Guest Speaker called for more seriousness, selflessness, and dedication in running the affairs of NAKSS. He charged the association to henceforth ensure the guided mouths of the government like Commissioner, SAs, Media outlets like Herald Newspaper among others should be incorporated in a program of this high magnitude which is capable of bringing positive reinforcement in addressing banditry.
Adding green colour to the event, the Kwara State Honourable Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Hajia Sa’adat Modibbo Kawu who was ably represented by Alh. Wahab Saka presented gifts to all the 10 participants, saying, it’s a way of encouraging students and double their contribution towards advancing human knowledge and society at large.
Announcement of Results by President, University Campus Journalist (UCJ) Unilorin Chapter, Adedimeji Quoyum.
Ibrahim Olasunkanmi Qoseem — 53 points — 8th
Abdulfatai Omolara Khadijah — 67 points — 7th
Abdulmujeeb Mohammed — 67th points — 7th
Love Mofiyinoluwa Abiodun – 68 points — 6th
Yusuf Abdulkodir Eleburuike 69points 5th
Oladoja Khadijat Omojasola 73.5 points 4th
Asileke Ibrahim Habeebullahi 80points 3rd
Haroon Abdullahi Ayodeji 87 points — 2nd
Ismail Khadijat Moromoke 87.5 points 1st.
Quick before the announcement, a certificate of participation was presented to all participants.
The presentation of prizes to the 3rd position was made by Alh. Lanre Ataragba, while the Convener, #AkajeMyRep Movement, Amb. Ibrahim Akaje delegated immediate past President of NAKSS, Comrade Abdulazeez Jaji and Comrade Bamigboye to present prizes for the second and first position respectively.
The colourful event was rounded off with a photograph session at exactly 2:22pm.
Shafihi Abdulrasheed Oladimeji
Chairman, Communiqué Drafting Committee
Communiqué Drafting Committee
Musa Muritala Bada
Communiqué Drafting Committee
Kabir Olanrewaju Ishowo is a Kwara-Born, a community developer, An Online Media Practioner and the CEO/Publisher of Gistmeblog247.