By Gift Chapi Odekina
The President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila on Teusday commended the National Institute of Legislative and Democratic Studies for its quiz competition on Legislature and Democracy held between Senior Secondary Schools in Federal Capital Territory.
The 5th Edition of the quiz competition on Tuesday and the final competition was organized in conjunction with the Secondary Educations Board (FCT), and Nigerian Television Authority.
Lawan who was represented by Senator Ibrahim Gaidam, Chairman senate Committee in Basic Education noted that the event was useful for the character growth of the students.
He said such events with allow students from different backgrounds to meet, interact and network.
He noted that NILDS’ effort is laudable as it will be a catalyst for the development of a curriculum for secondary schools on the subject
“The need is unique because it is useful for our governance,” he added.
Gbajabiamila, who was represented by Rep. Julius Ihovbere, Chairman House Committee on Basic Education said that education is the basis for change in any society.
He said that in line with the House of Representatives legislative Agenda education is going to be adopted as a tool for technological and other necessary advancements.
“We plan to pay very special attention to it. This quiz competition will put confidence in students,” adding that “all participants should see themselves as winners.”
Prior to the final stage, the Director General of NILDS, Prof. Abubakar Sulaiman has said that the annual quiz is helping to breed future democrats.
He said: ” I am a firm believer in the fact that education can contribute to democracy and democratic citizenship by offering equal opportunity to children of different socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.
“And preparing citizens who know, understand and choose democracy by teaching them specific knowledge, skills and values needed to become democratic citizens.”
At the end of the quiz competition, Government Secondary School, Gwarimpa Estate came 1st position; Government Secondary School, Karu-2nd position; and
GSS, Abaji-3rd position respectively.