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My Desire is to transform Shooting Sports Federation-Ayoade

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Joel Ajayi

With less than 20 days to the Sports Federation Elections in the country, the race for who will be at the helm of affairs for the Nigeria Shooting Federation is getting hotter day by day.


A vibrant young man, experienced and full of purpose and plans, Mr Olatunji Bamidele Ayoade, has revealed his intention to transform the Shooting Federation, if elected come September 30th.


Osun state-born Mr Ayoade, made his intention known on Friday, in Abuja saying, Nigerians will be proud of what the new board have in stock for the federation to take its rightful position.


According to him, we are trying to bring purposeful leadership to the shooting sport federation, I have embarked on two championship to demonstrate my ability and my capacity to lead the federation.


“I started off with the championship in Abuja and Asaba, the tournament had all the security agencies and few selected civilian organizations, and this championship produced one of the best event that federation have in the last four years.


“The championship is an attestation that NSF is about to take a new turn in  leadership that will bring the beauty of shooting sports federation.
“During this championship, we discovered some new talents  that  we intend to bring on and develop for the pride of the nation.


“I assure Nigerians that by the time we come on board, we will be able to go to international competition and win laurels for the nation.
Talking about his plan to develop the grassroots in NSF, the Mr Ayoade added that: “the state are the foundation of Nigeria shooting federation. 


“The constitution of the Nigeria Shooting Federation recognizes clubs and states Association, and that is where talented individuals are develop and pick.
“The national body can’t be responsible for development at the grassroots, therefore, we sincerely and strongly rely on the state association.


“Specifically, we went to Asaba in order to be able to sell the federation to the Delta state government because we need them to take us as a responsible sporting federation.


“Its important that NSF participate in the next shooting festival that why we are Asaba and I believe we made our mark.


“I can assure you that with the new zeal that we have brought into NSF certainly, Nigerian will be proud of the new leadership we are bringing on board.”

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Avoid Induced Rejection, Unauthorized Journeys, DG Admonishes Corps Members

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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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