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ANOCA CONFERS Highest Honour on Sports Minister

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Joel Ajayi

Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr Sunday Dare has been honoured by the Association of National Olympics Committees of Africa with the Highest Order of Sports Administrator Award for his immense contributions to the growth of the Olympics Movement and Sports in Africa.

Conferring the Award on the Minister during a courtesy visit to his office in Abuja on Tuesday, President of ANOCA Mr. Mustapha Berraf said “ANOCA is happy with the role you played in ensuring the completion of our headquarters in Abuja, we are very proud of all that you have done for sports Development in Nigeria and Africa. We hereby present this award to you for your great work and contributions to sports Development. We are very proud of you and look forward to an enduring relationship for the future of our sports”

In his response, Mr. Dare said “Thanks for this honour and award which is quite special. When I met you in Morocco few months on assumption of office, the chemistry was spontaneous because of our love for sports Development in Africa. Since I met you, I’ve learnt alot about sports in Africa and it’s bits of politics. You need an undying spirit to succeed in sports. ANOCA has grown from strength to strength and we are proud of hosting ANOCA office on our soil. We sincerely thank the IOC President and yourself for the role you played in making Nigeria the Olympics Capital of Africa. Thank you so much for the partnership you offer us.”

On the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Mr Dare said “Your visit is timely, coming at a time we are preparing for the Tokyo Olympics to use the power of sports and give hope to people that sports can conquer covid-19. As we look forward to Tokyo, I wish that as Nigeria excels, Algeria can also excel so that we all can celebrate Africa’s success. I look forward to the invitation to the ANOCA meeting in Cairo, Egypt as well as the African Atheletics Championships in Algiers.”

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Re:NYSC Shuns Applications By Southern Medical Corps Members Who “Desperately” Want To Redeploy From North Due To Insecurity

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The attention of NYSC Management has been drawn to a story with the above caption, making the rounds on social media. The write-up is a misrepresentation of facts.

In a statement issued by the NYSC’s Deputy Director of Press and Public Relations Emeka Mgbemena on Sunday in Abuja said the report is misrepresentation of facts.

According to the statement, in accordance with the Relocation Policy of the Scheme, the exercise is carried out based on two grounds, namely; Marital and Health grounds.

Relocation on the ground of marriage is applicable only to female Corps Members. On the ground of health, the Corps Member’s medical history must be presented, with a written application.

It is imperative to state that in NYSC, all lives matter, just like the Director-General has emphasised on so many fora. The safety and well-being of Corps Members and members of staff remains of paramount importance to the Corps.

However, Corps Members at all times must also be security conscious and never treat their safety with levity, by unduly putting themselves in harm’s way through risky behaviours.

Rest assured, the Scheme in all matters on deployment of Corps Members, relies strictly on the advisories from the security agencies.

It is therefore advisable for clarifications to be sought from the Scheme on issues pertaining to its operations, to avoid the error of inaccurate reportage, or outright spread of falsehood and misinformation.

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