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Chief of Naval Staff Hosts Victorious Volleyball Teams After Exploit In Tunisia



…Pledges to do more to promote Sports

Joel Ajayi

The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Auwal Zubair Gambo, on Friday hosted the victorious Naval Teams known as CNS Spikers volleyball club after their great exploit in the just concluded Africa Club Volleyball Championship in Tunisia.

The Male and Female team participated in the Africa event and the end of the competition, CNS Spikers female team emerged as the 7th out of 47 teams, while their male counterparts came 9th out of 42 teams.  

He expressed that, the Navy will stop at nothing to make sports as one of its priorities through the discovery of talents at the grassroots and who will bring honour not only to the Command but Nigeria as a country. 

Speaking at the event in Abuja the Vice Admiral Gambo said the Command’s teams victory is commendable adding that, the Navy will not relent in promotion of sports.

Represented by the Chief of Policy and Plan, Rear Admiral Sulaiman Garba, the CNS said his passion for sports made him to establish the club when he was appointed saying the Navy will continue to headhunt for talents to make the team perform better at regional and international competitions. 

“The Chief of Naval Staff has made sporting activities as one of his priorities directive strategy. 

“In the past two years that he has been on the reign of the Navy, he has promoted some very veritable sports to the level of national recognition starting first woth the Volleyball team which was formed some 18 months ago that he came on board followed by our football team which is also doing very well presently in Division 3. 

“We have also established the Polo Club which is being instituted under Navy and which means it has come to stay.  And not only that we intend to have our own Polo field as a proper Polo organisation. This shows that the CNS is an ardent sports enthusiast and a promoter of sports in Nigeria. 

“The CNS Spikers teams which just came back from Tunisia has performed wonderfully well. Out of 47 teams that participated in the female event, our team came 7th and the male 9th out of 42. This is at Africa level and they were both highest ranking teams in Nigeria the reason they represented the country at the event. 

“We want you to do better and the CNS will no stone unturned to ensure that he provides all the necessary amenities and facilities as well as morale and welfare to make sure that the team get all the exposure needed and of course to keep growing to a level where you should be among the best three in Africa and of course the best in Nigeria. We want you to continue to make us proud.  

“At the strategic level, the CNS has already directed that we should go for talent hunting outside there to join the CNS Spikers Volleyball Club.

The Naval chief however commended the Minister of Sports and Youth Development Sunday Dare and the Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVF)for the support given to the naval team.

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Sports Minister Hands Over Leadership To Permanent Secretary



The Honourable Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Mr. Sunday Dare has handed over the leadership of the Ministry to the Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Ismaila Abubakar as the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Administration ended on Monday. 

At the Handing Over Ceremony held today at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, the Minister thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for giving him the opportunity to serve his Fatherland. 

He stated that the appointment enabled him to have a better knowledge and understanding of the challenges of governance as well as that of the youth in particular, adding that it also afforded him with the opportunity to  look out ways to profer solutions on complex issues in relation to governance. 

Dare who stated further that the portfolio also afforded him the avenue to encourage Nigerian youth to take up sports as a career for the socio-economic development of the country, called on them to also support the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led Administration for enhanced development of the sector.

Responding, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development, Alhaji Ismaila Abubakar commended Mr. Sunday Dare for his laudable initiatives in the Ministry.

While thanking the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Administration for creating an enabling environment for the sector to thrive, he pledged the support and cooperation of the staff and Management of the Ministry to the in coming Administration led by President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

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