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N/West: Director Of Sports Calls For Suspension Of 8 Zonal Representatives



Joel Ajayi

North West Zone Director of Sports has called for the suspension of Representatives of the zone on boards of eight Federations, as well as cautioned others on ten Federations.

The call was made after a three days meeting of the Director of Sports held in Kaduna state.

In a communiqué jointly signed by Chairman North-West Zone Director of Sports, Nalado Iro Kankiya and representative of Chairmen North-West Zone Athletics Associations, Alhaji Mohammed Sule, the forum condemned the attitude of some representatives who have not impacted positively in their federations.


The communique also called on the North-West Zonal Representatives on the boards of Aquatics,  Chess, Deaf Sports, Fives, Rowing, Canoeing and Yachting, Shooting, Tennis, and Wrestling to within the next two weeks, submit their scorecard since the election to the Zonal Sports office through their respective states Directors of Sports.


It read, “We call on the Board of Cycling, Handball, Basketball, Hockey, Boxing, Rugby, Table Tennis and Traditional Sports Federations to without delay temporarily suspend our representatives from the Federations for lackadaisical attitude towards responsibilities envisaged from them at states and zonal level. The forum is tired of enduring their nonperformance.


“For representatives on the boards of Aquatics, Chess, Deaf Sports, Fives, Rowing, Canoeing and Yachting, Shooting, Tennis and Wrestling; we urge them to submit their scorecard since election within the next two weeks of this communiqué to their the Zonal Sports office through their respective states Directors of Sports.


Meanwhile, they expressed sincere appreciation to the Zonal representatives on the Boards of Volleyball, Cricket, Taekwondo, and weightlifting for their track records of performances at states, zonal and national levels.


“Decisions taken are in the Best Interest of States and the Zone for Unhindered Progress and Sports Developments,” it said.


The forum thanked the President of Nigeria Table Tennis Federation for willing to sponsor the Zone’s U-17 Championship and further assured him of the state’s readiness to participate.


The forum praised the efforts of the Federal Government under the Leadership of President Muhammad Buhari for immediate measures taken in handling the COVID-19 Pandemic that brought life and Sporting activities to a near standstill until the easing of lockdown and the go-ahead for Non-Contact Sporting events and activities to hold.


The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development North West Zonal called on States Sports Councils to constitute sports associations with credible individuals that have the passion for the growth and development of various sports/games at the state level.


Abdullahi Idris, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, North-West Zone urged communities based sports clubs, associations and organizations to formally register/affiliate with relevant associations at states and national levels for recognition, support, and technical assistance on modern ways of practice.


The Communique informed that the lecture session which was part of the engagement recorded the participation of four (4) Directors of Sports, two representatives, and twelve (12) others while the deliberations session recorded the attendance of four (4) Directors of Sports, two (2) representatives two (2) States Athletics Chairmen and Four (4) Representatives with the Zonal Sports Coordinator


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Avoid Induced Rejection, Unauthorized Journeys, DG Admonishes Corps Members



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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