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#100DaysinOffice: Towards Addressing Doping Violations in Nigerian Sports: The “Enoh-mous Effect”

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In the last few years, Nigerian athletes have been in the eye of the storm due to violation of doping rules. Doping in itself refers to the use of banned substances to enhance performance. As a means to curtail doping, the Integrity units of sports bodies carry out random and planned doping tests on athletes, as they deem fit.

If banned substances are found in the samples of athletes, then their integrity is called into question, and doping investigations are made. For elite athletes, the rules are even more stringent. Missing three doping tests (planned or not) in the span of 12 months can land them in big trouble.

A number of Nigerian athletes have had to face the integrity Unit of World Athletics over doping issues, and this rising number is tarnishing the profile of the country internationally. Blessing Okagbare, Divine Oduduru, and recently Grace Nwokocha. While these unwanted records stall the progress of athletes as individuals, there are many reasons why it should be treated as a national issue.

The Nigerian Anti-Doping Committee, led by Prof. Kenneth Anugweje had its board ratified by former president, Muhammadu Buhari just over a year ago. While it has continued to put efforts towards eradicating doping violations in Nigeria, the enormity of the work is beyond just what a committee can fix. There is a need for a bigger body, backed by Federal legislation to push this fight institutionally. This part of Nigeria’s anti-doping regulations has always annoyingly moved at a snail-pace speed.

100 Days of Impact

In a bold commitment to bolster the fight against doping in sports, the Honourable Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh declared an unwavering commitment to expedite the submission of the National Anti-Doping Commission Establishment Bill to the Federal Executive Council and the National Assembly for ratification in the coming weeks. Now that is what the country yearned for. The political will to get things moving.

“Our hope is that in the next couple of weeks, we will be able to get the bill ready,” the Minister said. “We will go through the necessary processes, leading up to introducing it to the National Assembly, as an Executive Bill. We will get it across to the Federal Ministry of Justice, to the Federal Executive Committee (FEC), and all the approvals that will lead to that.

Enoh had emphasized the paramount importance of legislation to the National Anti-Doping Committee, identifying it as a crucial step towards overcoming the challenges it faces in achieving its objectives. Nigeria has always needed a Sports Minister that is determined to elevate the fight against doping in sports and ensure that the sporting environment in Nigeria remains fair and clean, with zero tolerance for doping violations.

Moreso, one that places a major focus on education as a preventive strategy against doping, as some cases are as a result of ignorance. Senator Enoh has thus far shown readiness to roll up his sleeves and get down to work. It is not only commendable, but worth being excited about.

The most exciting part was Enoh’s acknowledgement of why more expertise was needed in this area. The Minister acknowledged the need to strengthen the current system while working on the Commission establishment bill. He had elaborated that strengthening the Committee will be done by expanding its professional and technical expertise, with a strong focus on educating athletes on the importance of fair and clean competition.

With all of the country’s troubles with doping, there seem to be good times on the offing. The air of optimism that is flying around the sports sector comes with the leadership vibrance of John Enoh. If the first 100 days are anything to go by, then the sports ministry is set for a gigantic turn around in the next few years of this administration.

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Oluwakemi Areola’s Vivacity Development Pioneers Youth Empowerment for a Sustainable Future

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Abuja based organization,Vivacity Development, has reaffirmed its commitment to nurturing the potential of young individuals for a sustainable future.

Vivacity Development is strategically directing its efforts towards capacity development initiatives meticulously designed to equip young individuals with the essential skills necessary to flourish within the green economy. Simultaneously, the organization is harnessing the power of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Research and Development (R&D), with the overarching goal of driving innovation and sustainability.

Founder and CEO of Vivacity Development, Oluwakemi Areola, underscores the paramount role of youth in shaping a sustainable future. By prioritizing capacity development, the organization aims to arm young people with the expertise required to excel in the dynamic landscape of the green economy.

The organization has delineated four key initiatives aimed at facilitating the achievement of these objectives:

Green Economy Training Programs: Vivacity Development is spearheading specialized training programs focusing on the green economy. These initiatives encompass crucial areas such as renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, and environmental conservation, thereby empowering young individuals to make meaningful contributions to a greener world.

ICT Integration for R&D: Recognizing the transformative potential of technology, Vivacity Development is fully embracing ICT for Research and Development endeavors. By integrating cutting-edge technologies, the organization aims to catalyze innovation in sustainable practices, environmental conservation, and eco-friendly solutions.

Collaborations with Industry Leaders: Vivacity Development is actively fostering strategic partnerships with industry leaders in both the green economy and ICT sectors. These collaborations will provide young participants with invaluable real-world insights, mentorship, and opportunities to engage in impactful projects.

Youth-Led Initiatives: The organization is championing youth-led initiatives by offering a platform for young innovators to showcase their ideas. Vivacity Development firmly believes in the potential of the younger generation to drive positive change and, through mentorship and support, aims to amplify their impact.

Areola expresses profound enthusiasm about the initiative, emphasizing Vivacity Development’s unwavering belief in the power of youth to shape a sustainable future. She reaffirms the organization’s commitment to investing in capacity development and leveraging ICT for research and development, thereby nurturing a generation of environmentally conscious and innovative leaders.

The company’s dedication to the green economy is seamlessly aligned with its steadfast commitment to utilizing technology for research and development.

On February 22, 2024, Vivacity Development will hold its first event of the year at the University of Abuja, with the primary objective of inspiring transformative actions that promote sustainable development, enhance workforce readiness for the digital age, and accelerate the transition to a green economy.

By fostering interdisciplinary collaboration, promoting best practices, and facilitating capacity building, Vivacity Development is poised to create tangible impacts that contribute to a more sustainable and prosperous future.

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