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Paralympic Gold Medalist, Ugwunwa applauds Sports Minister For Uncommon Support



Joel Ajayi
The  team Nigeria Female Athletes Representative and Gold medalist in female F54 Javelin throw, Flora Ugwunwa, at the just concluded 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo Japan, has heaped a lot of praises on the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Chief Sunday Dare, over adequate support, motivation that propelled her and other athletes to landmark victory at the world event.

To this end, Flora Ngwunwa dedicated her medal to the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Chief Sunday Dare. 

She gave this commendation on Thursday, while speaking to Journalists at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, when the final batch of Athletes of Nigeria Paralympics contingents arrived.
According to her, the Minister made this successful achievement possible, he ensured that the camp was opened early for us to prepare for the tournament, which played a vital role on the road to this success. 

Apart from God Almighty, I dedicate this Gold medal to the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Chief Sunday Dare.

“Sports Minister ensured that our welfare was taken care of, and as a result, we were focused and determined to make the nation proud”.
She, therefore, urged the Ministry to start preparation to enable athletes do more: “Yes, like I said, the preparation was fantastic and my target was to break the world record, but the weather condition in Japan affected me and  slowed me down a bit, that’s why I couldn’t break the record. The most important thing is the Gold medal and I am very happy that I won it.”
On her next target, she said “What I want to do now is to relax and after that, I  will start training again because we still have the World Championships coming up  next year in Japan and the Common Wealth games”, she concluded. 
The team was received  by Acting Director Planning, Monitoring and Information, Mr. Peter Nelson; Alhaji Bode Durotoye, Director of Grassroots Sports and S.A Sports to the President Daniel Amokachi. The supporters club provided entertainment for the athletes at a colorful but brief reception at the airport. 

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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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