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The Executive Chairman, Ogun State Universal Basic Education Board, Chief Dr. Femi Majekodunmi has disclosed that the game of chess develops the mind.
Dr. Majekodunmi made this disclosure at the presentation of chess materials to three public primary schools in the state by the Pro Chess Academy under the auspice of the Nigeria Chess Federation.
He stated further that chess helped players to have a purity of mind, calculating, fearless and well composed.
He expressed his interest in teaching the game among primary school learners, encouraged them to concentrate and share the knowledge with their mates so that they can also start playing the game.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Board Secretary Mr. Wasiu Kuye, appreciated the good gesture of the academy and commended them for introducing the chess game to the public primary schools in the state because it would assist the learners in developing analytical skills.
Mr. kuye congratulated the recipient and charged them to make good use of the opportunity and be diligent.
During his presentation, Mr. Lekan Adeyemi, President, Nigeria Chess Federation expressed his delight at the warm reception gotten from the Board.
Mr. Adeyemi pointed out that the academy is out to improve mental abilities of the learners such as problem solving, critical thinking, pattern recognition, planning ahead, focus and concentration.
He stressed further that the game will enable the learners make right decisions that will make them progress in all their endeavors.
The academy also wants to develop the mind of learners to enable them provide reasonable solutions to all the problems confronting the nation.
In her vote of thanks, the Director Academic and School Services, Mrs. Jokotade Agbatogun apprectiated the academy and the Federation for trying to catch the learners while they are still young. She promised that the board will monitor the effectiveness of the program and do all it takes to make it work.