…As Nigeria Govt. endorses his bid For OSMA President
Nigeria’s Aspirant for the forthcoming election into the post of the President of Organization of Military Sports in Africa OMSA and Vice President of the International Military Sports Council, CIMS respectively, Brigadier General Maikano Abdullahi has pledged to take military sports to enviable standard in the continent and across the globe.
To this end, the federal government has endorsed the candidacy of Brig-Gen. Abdullahi for OSMA President and Vice President of CIMS.
He gave this assurance on Tuesday, in Abuja, during a press briefing when he officially declared his intention to run for the position of President and Vice President of the Associations.
The Association’s election is scheduled to take place on the 7th October 2020 via video conferencing.
Brig-Gen. Abdullahi, who has contributed immensely to the development of military sports in Africa and beyond, has, however, assured that if elected, no stone will be left unturned to promote sports and encourage good sporting the relationship among the 51 African Countries and beyond.
According to him, I humbly welcome you to the formal presentation of my humble self, Brigadier General Maikano Abdullahi as an Aspirant for the Post of President of the Organization of Military Sports in Africa (OSMA) and the Vice President of the International Military Sports Council.
“Let me use this medium to intimate you that the International Military Sports Council is also known as Consiel International Du SPORT Militarie (CISM) is a Global military sporting organization second to International Olympic Committee (IOC). CISM is concerned with organizing and coordinating Military Sports in the World.
“Nigeria has been a member of CISM which has 136 member Countries since 1972. It will interest you to note that our Country, Nigeria is also one of the strong Pillar of CISM and the Founding Father of OSMA.
“The Organization of Military Sports in Africa which was founded in 1994 by Nigerian, Major General Ishola Williams (Rtd), it became fully operational in 2008 with the Headquarters in Yaoundé Cameroun. There are 51 African Countries currently as members of OSMA; it is second to COJA in terms of Organizing of Sporting activities in Africa.
“To become a President of OSMA, a General Assembly must hold, once you emerge, President, you are automatically the CISM Vice President for Africa.
“As a Senior Officer in Defence Headquarters Abuja and Deputy Director Sports, if given the mandate, I will project the good image of Nigeria better in both CISM and OSMA, promote Military Sports in Nigeria and Africa. I will also ensure that our Continent is adequately represented in all CISM sporting events and World General Assemblies and it will also give me the opportunity to promote sports and encourage good sporting relationship among the 51 African Countries.” He pledged.
Nevertheless, having a look at Brig-Gen. Abdullahi’s background reveals a wholesome and rich antecedent that reflects that this renowned son of Africa does qualify for this post and has what it takes to effectively represent Nigeria, the African continent, and the world.
“Let me state here that my vast experience in Sports, Fitness and Training coupled with my participation in both National and International Military and Civil Sporting activities enhanced my nomination for this post.
“I am a fellow member of the National Association of Physical and Health Education Recreation Sports and Dance (NAPHER-SD). I have won several National and International Awards in Cameroun, CISM Headquarters Belgium, Burkina Faso, Niger, and the Republic of Guinea to mention but few.”
When asked if he has the backing the federal government? He replied, “I have 100% of supports from Government and the Chief of Defence Staff.”
He, however, applauded the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin and the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, for nominating him to vie for the post of OSMA President and CISM Vice President for Africa as well as their wonderful achievements in Sports and physical training from 2015 – date.
Brigadier General Maikano Abdullahi sought the support of member countries in taking up this challenge to recreate a new image for the Military Sports and reposition its developmental influence and possibilities across the globe.
Other contestants are from Kenya, Algeria, and Guinea Conakry.
Avoid Induced Rejection, Unauthorized Journeys, DG Admonishes Corps Members
As 2021 Batch ‘B’ Stream Two Corps Members will be leaving the 3-week orientation camp on Tuesday the Corps Members have been advised to avoid induced rejection, rather accept their posting in good faith and settle down to contribute their quota to the development of their host communities.
NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu lbrahim stated this on Monday while de-briefing the 2021 Batch ‘B’ Stream Two Corps Members and Camp Officials through a nationwide virtual address.
He said any Corps Member caught inducing posting or redeployment would be sanctioned in line with NYSC bye-laws.
He also disclosed that there is nothing like two weeks break after leaving the Orientation Camp, but added that if there is a compelling need for any Corps Member to travel, the concerned must obtain permission from the NYSC through the established channel.
Ibrahim said no Corps employer is authorized to grant permission to any Corps Member to travel.
“Once you get to your place of primary assignment tomorrow, don’t put pressure on your employers for rejection.
“Don’t lobby anyone that you want to change your posting or relocation. If they write to us that you induced or forced them to reject you, you will be punished.”
As patriotic Corps Members, it is expected that you accept posting to anywhere you have been posted to and add value to the community”, the DG added.
He urged them to be patriotic in the service to their fatherland and ensure they equally add value to themselves, NYSC Scheme and the society at large.
The Director-General admonished them to use the opportunity of NYSC platform to excel in life.
“You have gone through the rudiments of the Orientation Course, please take advantage of it and see what you can do for your fatherland.
“Let the spirit of the Orientation Exercise live in you forever as Nigerians. National integration should be your watchword. We should be united as a country”, the DG added.
General lbrahim warned against the negative use of the social media, urging them to verify every information before it is shared online.
“Don’t use fake news to promote disunity, shun cybercrimes and all forms of criminality. In whatever action that you are going to take, please look back at where you are coming from and avoid any action that will haunt you tomorrow.
“Shun drugs, be good citizens and good ambassadors of your, institutions, families and the NYSC Scheme”, he said.
The Director-General implored the Corps Members to continue with the Post-Camp training in Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Developnent Programme.
He revealed that the Scheme had partnered some financial institutions like the Central Bank of Nigeria, Access Bank, Bank of Industry, Unity Bank, NYSC Foundation, Leventis Foundation, among others, that are ready to support Corps Members with loans and trainings.
The Director-General stated that efforts are in top gear towards the establishment of National Youth Service Corps Trust Fund, which would make start-up capitals available to interested Corps Members to start-up their businesses as they exit Service.
Ibrahim also enjoined the Corps Members to be security conscious at all times and avoid any action that may endanger their safety.
He warned them against boarding vehicles from unauthorized motorparks, enjoining them to use approved motorparks.
“You must be security conscious and don’t endanger your safety. Under no condition should you travel at night, or board vehicle along the road. Your welfare is very paramount to NYSC
If you are going to travel, you must be permitted. Write through employer to your Local Government Inspector and it will get to the State Coordinator for approval. If you are going to travel, ensure that you are permitted”, the DG said.
He said the Scheme is making efforts to get rebate on flight charges for Corps Members that may want to travel by flight.
Ibrahim informed the Corps Members that efforts are on-going as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari to enlist Corps Members in the National Health Insurance Scheme for effective Medicare during the service year.
He advised the Corps Members to get COVID-19 vaccine in order to protect themselves and also protect others from the deadly virus.
In his vote of thanks on behalf of his colleagues nationwide, the Imo State Corps Camp Director, Otobo Joshua Osa IM/21B/1740 lauded the Director-General for his doggedness and passion for the welfare and security of Corps Members.
“We remain eternally grateful and we assure you of our commitment to the ideals of the NYSC, having imbibed all the lessons taught us in the course of the Orientation Programme”, he concluded.
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