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Igoche Mark, Coach Odah Hail Sam Oguche’s Basketball Tourney



Basketball stakeholders have commended Sam Oguche for his constant effort towards basketball development in Nigeria.

The former Nigeria Basketball International is currently organising the third edition in the year 2023 of the Sam Oguche/Bullet Energy Drink Invitational Tournament.

In his commendation message on Tuesday, Mr. Igoche Mark says the zest and commitment that Sam Oguche has shown towards giving back through basketball is a virtue others must emulate.
“I relish your commitment, Passion and zest you have shown, by giving back to basketball, a sport that made you. This is indeed a virtue others in basketball must emulate.Thumps up Sammy!” Mark’s message reads.

Speaking in the same vein, a former assistant coach to the national basketball team, Emmanuel Odah also praised him for his consistency in organising the Sam Oguche/Bullet Energy Drink Invitational Tournament, which has helped domestic basketball players to be active recently, following the recession that greeted the country’s domestic basketball.

“Sam Oguche has been consistent in organising this invitational tournament.
This is the third edition this year and so far we have eight elite teams from outside and within Abuja.This tournament has helped our domestic players survived following the break in domestic basketball.More grace to you Sam Oguche.”Odah stated.

On Monday at the Mo Arena in Abuja, Sam Oguche said,“I am impressed about the progress made so far, I have seen some of the kids who attended this tournament playing in the league team, and for me, that is really good that means they are growing and the game is growing in the country.”

He, however, charged the Basketball stakeholders in the country not to relent on the development of basketball in the country saying the future is bright for the basketball game.

Meanwhile, the winner of the 3rd edition goes home with 1million Naria, while the runners up will have half a million Naria as it’s reward.

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DG NYSC Urges Corps Members On Peaceful Co-Existence



….As Abia Swears-in 1,698 PCMs
The Director General of National Youth Service Corps, Brigadier General YD Ahmed has advised Corps Members to live in peace with one another, make new friends and use the opportunities of the service year to foster national unity and integration.

He gave the advise in his address to the 2023 Batch ‘C’ Stream Two Corps Members during his visit to Abia State Orientation Camp in Umuna, Bende Local Government Area of the State.

General Ahmed said the Scheme was established to foster national unity and integration, hence the need for all serving and prospective Corps Members to key into the NYSC project for national development.

Speaking further, the Director General warned the Corps Members against night travelling and also travelling without obtaining permission from the Scheme. He warned that unauthorized travelling attracts sanctions in line with NYSC byelaws.

The Abia State Governor, Dr Alex Otti in his address at the Swearing-in Ceremony urged the Corps Members to utilize the abundant opportunities around them to develop themselves and also use them to contribute their quota to the socio-economic development of the State.

The Governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Sir Nwobilor Ananaba promised his continuous support for the NYSC in Abia State.

He advised the Corps Members to abide by the tenets of their Oath of Allegiance and conduct themselves as good ambassadors of their families, institutions and NYSC during and after their service year.

In her address, the NYSC Abia State Coordinator, Mrs Dick-Iruenabere Ufoma urged the Corps Members to participate fully in all Orientation Camp activities, as they would serve as veritable tools in the dissemination of information and aid the implementation of the laudable policies of the State Government.

“The NYSC Management will give you the necessary support to make the desired impact. The Scheme also aims at inculcating discipline in our youths and instilling in them the spirit of patriotism and loyal service to the nation.

You must obey all camp officials and no form of insubordination, truancy, including drug abuse and secret cult activities will be tolerated in camp and throughout the service year”, she said.

During the ceremony, the Abia State Chief Judge, Justice Lilian Abai represented by Justice Anya Benson administered the Oath of Allegiance on the 1,698 Prospective Corps Members made up of 891 males and 807 females.

General Ahmed, who was among the dignitaries that witnessed the Swearing-in Ceremony was accompanied by the Director, Special Duties, Alhaji Musa Abubakar and Director Press and Public Relations, Mr Eddy Megwa.

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