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SWAN FCT congratulates Minister of State, Hajia Tijjani on milestone achievements.

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The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) led by Comrade Bunmi Haruna has joined the league of eminent persons to congratulate the Minister of State for FCT, Hajia Ramatu Tijjani on her 51st Birthday Celebration.

In a statement signed by Secretary, SWAN FCT Chapter, Chris Onokpegu on Friday in Abuja congratulate the minister for the chieftaincy title to be conferred on her, Saturday June 12, 2021.

“The minister, no doubt is a unique specie that is why her birthday also falls on a unique date, June 12, which is being celebrated as Democracy Day.

Her chieftaincy title as the Onyize of Ebira Land is another testimony that she is being loved by her people.

Her dedication as the Minister of State in charge of Sports in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT has seen many infrastructure being revived and sports taking to another level.

Notable amongst them was the great performance of Team FCT at the last National Sports Festival in Benin City, Edo State and the revival of sporting venues across the Area Councils” Bunmi said.

Meanwhile, SWAN Chairman, Comrade Bunmi Haruna, who incidentally is from the same State and local government with the Minister said, it is a thing of joy for the Ebira-born politician to be honoured.

He said, “I have always desired for the day she would be honoured by our people because she has represented us well.

“She has proven those critics who think nothing good can come out of Ebira land wrong. Our prayers is that God should continue to guide her and give her the wisdom to do more.” Comrade Haruna noted.

Recalled that Comrade Haruna-led SWAN exco was on ground to give moral support to the minister when two novelty matches were played at the Area 3 Sports Complex in celebration of her chieftaincy title and birthday.

The honorable minister will be conferred with the title of Onyize Ebira on Saturday at the Attah of Ebira Palace in Okene, Kogi State.

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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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