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My Major aim is to serve God and humanity- Engr. Nimrod

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…12 Nigerian female volleyballers depart for African Championship in Rwanda

Joel Ajayi

The Chairman Caretaker Committee of Nigeria Volleyball Federation Engr. Musa Nimrod has revealed that his desire and aim in life is to serve God and humanity as well as seeing Nigerian’s youth excel in their endeavour.

He stated this when 12 Nigerian women volleyball team and officials left Abuja on Thursday for the 2021 African Volleyball Championships holding in Kigali, Rwanda.

When asked on his take on the forthcoming Sports Federation Elections slated for September 30th? He replied: “Election is not an issue to me, I am not yet declaring because that is not paramount to me now, what Paramount to me is the big assignment, I have to do, and the big assignment is to see Nigerian youth growing.

“What paramount is growth of Volleyball, as we speak, we still have under 18 tournament that will coming up in Mexico and that is very paramount to me and we have to scale through.

“So, election is not issue to me, I may decide to run and I may decides not to.

“My aim is to achieved what God has put into my hand to do for this nation Nigeria and that is what I am doing.

“To serve God and humanity, is my major aim, is not position that is my target, I am not interested in the position but I am interested to help the youth of this nation Nigeria. 

“Therefore, the player growth is what is paramount to me and I pray that God will help them.”

Speaking on team teavelling for Africa Championship in Rwanda,  the NVBF Caretaker Committee Chairman Engr. Musa Nimrod said he was confident the team would do well at the tournament.

According to him, last week we witnessed the departure of the men’s team that went to Kigali and this is another departure this week by the female team to Kigali also.

“However, these female players have done their best and trained very well and I believe that by God’s grace they will scale the first round of the competition at least.

“But I see them going very far at the competition and I believe that they will fall into a good group. That is my prayer for the team,” he said.

Nimrod however pointed out that the Nigerian team would be facing strong opponents at the championships.

“In indoors volleyball, the North African teams are very strong. Like Cameroon, Kenya is also very strong at the female group level.

“But they (the Nigerian team) will do their best in Kigali and make us proud again.”

Meanwhile, more than 20 countries are participating in the men’s and women’s categories of the championships.

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Avoid Induced Rejection, Unauthorized Journeys, DG Admonishes Corps Members

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Joel Ajayi

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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