Wokha district and Dimapur district emerged as the winner of parliamentary quiz and Youth Parliament debate competitions held at Administrative Training Institute (ATI) Kohima, Friday, on the topic “Lack of governance is responsible for slow growth and development in the state” and “Merits and demerits of Registration of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland”.
Longleng and Peren district occupied the second and third place respectively in parliamentary quiz competition while Wokha and Kohima district secured the second and third place respectively in youth parliament debate competition.
Assistant Professor Kohima College Kohima, Dr. Eunice Alinger and associate professor Z. Solo were the Quiz masters while coordinator state level youth parliament Evothung Ezung was the judge for debate competition.
Earlier at the inaugural function, Minister Planning and Coordination and Parliamentary Affairs, Neiba Kronu asserted that considering the past years where any study materials were barely available for studies, the present generation was fortunate with the advent of technology. No matter how much the opportunity comes around, if a person was not sincere the one cannot achieve anything, said the minister.
Kronu advised the students to do better and aim higher and compete with the highest level adding that competition builds confidence. He asked the students not to look for job since job will come to those who are sincere, honest and knows how to manage time and reminded that there will be a time where the students will be compelled to take stage and share their achievements and experiences.
Commissioner and secretary department of parliamentary affairs, Motsuthung Lotha in his welcome note said the department believed that youth parliament contributes immensely to the deepening of democracy and it was one of the most effective tools for involvement and participation of the young citizens in the legislature.
He said the department desires to focus on the young people to have better life chances and stated that there was a critical task at hand to continuously inspire hope to the people of Nagaland because if the young people of today are not focused, educated and not organized, then the future will be doomed.
Despite young Nagas facing serious challenges of the world today, Lotha said the department will continue to play a pivotal role, creating platforms like the youth parliament to promote the youth to speak up and impact agenda for change as such platform inspires the youth to express their views in an organized manner and facilitate grooming of future leaders.
Altogether 10 schools from 10 districts participated in the competition.