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UTG debate team reaches semi-final in regional competition in Ghan

Jun 9, 2015, 10:04 AM | Article By: Abdoulie Nyockeh

The debate team of the University of The Gambia (UTG) has reached the semifinals in a regional debate competition underway in Ghana.

The team – comprising Fatoumatta Kanteh, who is studying economics, Muhammed Ndure (law), Ensa Kinteh, (law) and Momodou Salieu Sowe (chemistry) – arrived in Accra last week to compete in the Open Debate Championship hosted by the University of Ghana in Legon.

Several universities from Nigeria, The Gambia, Ghana and other African countries are taking part in the competition underway from 5 to 12 June 2015.

The UTG reached the quarterfinals in 2014 in its debut in the competition which was won by the Kwame Nkurumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana.

Muhammed Ndure, president of the UTG Debate Association, said he is hopeful that his team of debaters will continue to perform up to expectations in the semifinal as they did in the other rounds.

“I am optimistic that my team will do well going by the preparations we had,” Ndure said.“Our participation will help greatly in promoting debates in The Gambia because the experience will be shared within the UTG and other institutions in the country.”

He commended the UTG administration for funding their trip to Ghana.

Momodou Salieu Sowe, who is the president of UTG Students Union, is among the judges for the competition which focuses on a range of issues including politics in Africa, current affairs and other issues.

The UTG Debate Association regularly organises debate championships among faculties within the university, for senior secondary schools and tertiary institutions.