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NYSC Dg Pays Thank You Visit To GOC 82 Div.

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Joel Ajayi

The Nigerian Army has expressed readiness to continue to prioritize the security and welfare of Corps Members.

The General Officer Commanding 82 Division, Nigerian Army, Enugu, Major General TA Lagbaja gave this assurance on Tuesday, when the NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim paid him a courtesy visit at the Division’s Headquarters in Enugu.

He said the Army had mapped out strategies towards ensuring that residents of the state, including Corps Members on election duties in Anambra State, enjoyed peace and security before, during and after the exercise.

The GOC said beyond the electioneering period, the Division would continue to accord topmost priority to the security of both Corps Members and staff of the Scheme.

Lagbaja, who noted the contributions of the NYSC to the socio-economic development of the country, also praised its role in training and mentoring youths as responsible members of society.

He commended Corps Members for their invaluable services to the various units of the Division, including the Command Secondary Schools in its areas of responsibility.

Earlier, the Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, had expressed gratitude to the GOC for the Division’s support for NYSC, especially with regards to the welfare and security of Corps Members.

Ibrahim noted with delight that the GOC personally visited the Orientation Camp in Enugu to monitor activities and consolidate on the security arrangements in the facility.

He expressed commitment to further strengthen the cordial relationship between the Scheme and the Nigerian Army.

The Director-General also paid a similar visit to the Commander 82 Division Garrison, Brigadier General CA Ataki.

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House Committee Satisfied With FMYSD’s Submission Over Athletes Ineligibility in Tokyo, Summons NBBF Over D’Tigress

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The Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare alongside his Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Ismail Abubakar and the Ministry’s Anti-Doping Committee appeared before the House Committee on Sports led by its chairman, Honourable Olumide Osoba.

It was a meeting that provided the Minister with an opportunity to also shed more light on allowances of the women’s basketball team, D’Tigress, payments made to the NBBF and the doping allegations against some Team Nigeria athletes to the Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

In his report about the doping allegations, The Minister corrected an erroneous impression that many had by clearing the notion that the athletes were not guilty of doping or taking any form of illegal, performance enhancing substance.

“The Athletes were required to take three out of competition tests at 3 weeks intervals which of course they did but took it a week earlier, and that was why they were not allowed to participate in the Olympics. It should also be noted that, these ten athletes were not banned from participating in the Olympics but were ineligible to compete due to their missing the mandatory out-of-competition tests at the appropriate times,” Dare said.

On the allowances of D’Tigress, it was through the adopt-an-athlete initiative of the Minister that the sum of Two Hundred and Thirty Thousand Dollars($230,000) was raised from a group of Banks for the D’Tigress and D’Tigers. This money came in during the Olympics and was deposited into the NBBF’s CBN account.

According to the Minister, “we issued a statement regarding the $230,000 and on return from Olympics the players of both teams were asked to submit their account details so the CBN could process the payment at once, as we speak, we have only details of the female team; D’Tigress and none of D’Tigers obliged to this.

“Prior to now, the CBN have been instructed to process payment of the 12 female team members as first trench payment.

“The Process for the payment for D’Tigress is in place and near completion, the money is intact in the CBN account as CBN has provided statement of account to prove that the $230,000 NBBF fund was not misappropriated.”

According to one of the Honourable members of the Committee, Honourable Dachung Musa, representing Jos South/ Jos East Federal consistency, “We are satisfied now that you have provided the right information, especially the fact that our athletes were not banned or found guilty of taking illegal substances. I will dare to say, information is key in portraying the good image of our dear country.”

The Committee thereafter summoned the former NBBF President, Engineer Musa Kida to appear before it within two weeks.

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