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FG Inaugurates Board Members of NIS

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The Federal Government  has inaugurated the new Board Nembers of the National Institute for Sports (NIS) with a view to providing effective governance and policy direction for the Institution in line with the enabling Instrument that established it.
The Honourable Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, while inaugurating the Board in his office in Abuja today, called on them to bring their wealth of experience to bear in ensuring the realisation of the  mission and mandate of the Institute.


The Minister observed that the Institution was topmost in Africa for sports administration before it suddenly lost its glory, but expressed optimism that with the commitment of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Administration to sports development in the country as well as the appointment of seasoned sports administrators into the new Board,  “i believe the Institution will occupy its pride of place in Africa again” 


He added that with the recent approval of the National Sports Industry Policy, (NSIP), which provides for private sector participation in sports as a business and not mere recreation, the challenge of funding and other related issues concerning sporting activities in Nigeria, will soon be a thing of the past.


“Your role as a Board is explicit, to move National Institute for Sports in the direction of modality much beyond the reputation of NIS before now.” Dare said
He informed that though efforts are ongoing to establish the first university of sports in the country, the Institute till then,  remains the nation’s sports institution that needs credibility of examination process to ensure its certificate is fully recognised. 


Dare stated further that the Ministry has signed a Ten-Year Football Masterplan which is aimed at addressing the fundamental anomalies that have plagued the development of football in the country, for the benefit of a broader strata of the society.


Speaking earlier, the Permanent Secretary,  Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development, Alhaji Ismaila Abubakar,  called on the Board Members to partner with relevant institutions and stakeholders in order to realise the mission and vision of the Institute.


He assured that the Ministry will continue to support the Board to ensure it succeeds in the discharge of its mandate
Responding,  the Board Chairman, Barr. Danladi Ibrahim thanked President Muhammadu Buhari, the Honourable Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, as well as top management staff of the Administration for the privilege given to them to serve, assuring  that they will bring in their wealth of experience to bear in ensuring the realization of the Institute’s mandate.


The newly inaugurated board members are as follows- Barr. Danladi Ibrahim – Chairman, Major General Okpeh Wilson Ali – Member, AIG Hafiz Inuwa – MemberLawrence Babatunde Aremu – Member, Dr. Fatima Kabir Umar – Member.

Others include; Boniface C. Odum – Member,  Salisu Manman Aliyu – Member, Ag. DCG Gregory A. Itohoh, Prof O. A. Moronkola – Member, The Registrar – Member/Secretary, Kunle Solaja – Member and Commodore Omatseye Nesiama- Member and Mr. Awogbade Ayorinde Gbadebo.

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President Federation Cup final Feat: FCT FA Chairman congratulates Naija Ratels, urges team to for Trophy

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Joel Ajayi

The Chairman of Federal Capital Territory Football Association Alhaji Adam Mouktar Mohammed has congratulated Abuja based football Club Naija Ratels for securing the final ticket for the ongoing President Federation FA Cup.

Abuja landladies, Naija Ratels will go up against former winners Rivers Angels in the grand finale of the women’s version of this year’s President Federation Cup competition at Mobolaji Stadium in Lagos.

Just on Sunday morning, Ratels defeated Remo Stars Queen 7-6 penalty shootout Victory in Enugu, after both teams were tied at 2-2 in regulation time as Rivers Angels edging Delta Queens 2-1 in Awka.

In a congratulatory message to the Abuja based female team, FCT FA Chair, expressed satisfaction in the effort of the team that weather all the storms to secure final ticket of the most prestigious President Federation Cup.

He thereby, urged team to spare no effort to win the trophy come Saturday 29th of June at Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Lagos.

According to Mouktar “I am elated to congratulate Our girls Naija Ratels football club, on their outstanding performance in the ongoing President Federation Cup for progressing to the final.

“This feat is a reflection of the attention paid to sports development over the years, that have lifted the profile of women’s football in the FCT.

“I congratulate Fct f a representative for indefatigable spirit and commitment and as a football association we pledge our support morally, financially to the team.

“We want to win the trophy , don’t relent in your effort, we want you to bring the trophy back to Abuja.” He said.
However, this year’s grand finale will see Abia Warriors take on El-Kanemi Warriors in the men’s event.

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