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2021 NSF: Athletes Protest As Kogi State Fails To Register Athletics



Ahead of the 2021 National Sports Festival, Kogi State Government has failed to register athletes for Athletics.

The National Sports Festival is billed to take place from 14th to 28th February 2021 in Benin, Edo state.

The shocking development is coming months after the newly inaugurated Fatimah Yusuf’s led state association in July 2020 and organized the maiden Nasiru Ajanah U15 Secondary Schools Track & Field Invitational five months later.

Some athletes who spoke to journalists on the condition of animosity said the Director of Sports, Sunday Daku made the decision unilaterally and convinced the Commissioner for Sports in the state why athletes should not be registered.

He said few of the state athletes are considering representing another state in order not for their dreams not to be shattered by Kogi state.

He added that the current administration is not concerned about the plight of other sports.

He said, “I am expressing my displeasure because the Director of Sports is about to singlehandedly destroy the career of those in Athletics.

“How can a Director of Sports say he will not register Athletics for the biggest sporting event in the country? Whoever advised him to make such a decision is an enemy of the state.

“As it stands, some of us are considering representing other serious states. Thank God the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports released a memo that states can still register athletes on or before 25th January 2021”.

Another athlete appealed to Governor Yahaya Bello to call the Commissioner for Sports and Director of sports to order.

He said, “I have a strong belief that if the governor wades into this matter, the director of Sports will revert his decision.

“Some of us can remember vividly that the Director of Sports failed to register the Volleyball team for the 2017 National Youth Games but a volleyball stakeholder took it upon himself and sponsored the team. Fortunately, volleyball won a gold medal for us at the Youth Games”.

Efforts to reach the Commissioner for Sports, Director of Sports and the chairperson of Kogi State Association proved abortive

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Guber 2023: APC Youths Summon Akan Udofia



…Warn Habitual Candidates To Stay Off


A Coalition of All Progressives Congress Youth in Akwa Ibom State has called on billionaire oil magnate, Mr. Akanimo Udofia, to consider contesting for governorship of the State come 2023 on the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC.

Mr. Udofia is the CEO/Managing Director, Desicon Engineering Limited, an engineering, procurement and construction services company, one of the major service providers in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry. He was rumoured recently to have joined partisan politics on the platform of APC.

The APC youth coalition, which is an amalgamation of major political youth groups in the main opposition party in the State, made this call last Sunday, during its inaugural meeting at Akwa Ibom Renaissance Secretariat, Ewet Housing Estate, Uyo.

In his welcome remarks, Mr. Anthony Bassey, the leader of Akwa Ibom Renaissance, urged youths to close ranks and objectively weighed antecedents of every intending governorship aspirant against the collective dreams of Akwa Ibom people.

He said the era of use and dump politics is over as youths are determined to assert themselves and get involved in every aspect of state development from electioneering to governance, adding that the decision to call on Mr. Akanimo Udofia to contest the 2023 governorship election in the State was reflective of current expectations of Akwa Ibom youths.

Governor Udom Emmanuel (l) with Mr. Akanimo Udofia (m) and Senator Godswill Akpabio (r) during an award presentation ceremony in 2018.

A communique from the group, made available to The Guide Newspapers further strengthened this position, which was reached after a reassessment of the chances of the party and the desires of the younger generation to raise the ante of governance in the State and Nigeria as a whole come 2023 and beyond.

Giving reasons for its choice of Udofia, the group stated that “the State at this time is in dire need of a governor whom the people can look up from his past and current development drive and economic pursuits and connections within and around the Nation and the world and can easily attract industries, capital investment and strong capacity and ability to harness his personal resources and wealth of business acumen to the wealth and resources of the State for the general good of all irrespective of party lines, religious affinity, social status and inclinations; a detribalized Akwa Ibomite, a national and internationally known and recognized figure who could break even at any stage in the world for the good of the State.”

It continued that “after a thorough, painstaking soul search, we have come to the inescapable conclusion and we vouch for MR. AKANIMO UDOFIA as such a person that possesses all the earlier listed qualities, credibility and charisma that will give us victory with ease and will not be a disappointment to our great party and state come 2023.

“His aspiration will boost our chances and help to add quality and value to our primaries and general Elections come 2023. We hereby extend the call to our illustrious and distinguished son to contest the 2023 general election as Governor of Akwa Ibom state.”

Mr. Anthony Bassey, addressing representatives of APC youth groups in the State during the meeting at Akwa Ibom Renaissance Secretariat, Uyo, last Sunday.

The youth coalition acknowledged President Mohammed Buhari’s efforts to enhance APC’s political capital in the State through various appointments of party chieftains in his government, which sadly failed to bring about notable political gain to the party hence it admonished [federal political appointees] to harmoniously work together to foster the positive nest of political gains in Akwa Ibom State.

Furthermore, the group warned habitual governorship candidates in the party to take a break and embrace change, noting that from past contests they have tested their popularity and known their strength “we also have come to know in real political participation paradigm their strengths and weaknesses hence we appreciate all they have built for the party and their followers’ strength at each congresses and general elections notwithstanding.

“It is our earnest position that owing to their antecedents and precedents in past elections we note that if they continue to work together and see more of the party good and push forward an acceptable more credible, younger, youth friendly candidate and push same for presentation to the Akwa Ibom people, it will be very easy for our great party to take over government”. The group posited.

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