The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has urged all Army and Para- Military personnel to stop dehumanizing actions against Corps members across the country.
This was coming against the backdrop of an unfortunate incident that occurred on July 28, 2021 in Cross River State where a female youth Corps member was dehumanized as revealed in a video that went viral on social media.
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development Sunday Dare further directed that henceforth close monitoring of all camps be intensified to avoid similar occurrences.
This was contained in a statement issued by the media office of the ministry on Friday.
The statement reads, “Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has received full briefing from the Director General of the NYSC about the unfortunate incident that occurred on July 28, 2021 in Cross River State where a female youth Corper was dehumanized as revealed in a video.
“The NYSC and the Army Authorities have since commenced investigation of the said incident and the officer involved as evidenced by the statement released by the Army Authorities.
“The statement by the Nigerian Army DHQ describing the dehumanizing of the Corps member as highly unprofessional and unacceptable is welcomed.
“The Ministry also condemns in very strong terms this incident. We believe and have been assured that the Army with its discipline and commitment to professional ethics will make sure justice is served.”
Sports ministry moves to stop age cheats with thorough screening
The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development is set to adopt some measures to ensure thorough screening is carried out before admitting athletes for the National Youth Games in the country following the soaring issues around age cheats in the games.
Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare made the disclosure during the closing ceremony of the 6th National Youth Games held in Ilorin, the Kwara State Capital.
Director of Press and Public Relations Mohammed Manga in a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday quoted the minister to have expressed dismay over the current trend of age cheat at the National Youth Games which is meant for Athletes under the age of 15.
He frowned at it, emphasizing that it may affect the growth of sports in the country.
According to him, “the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development wants to declare that going forward we will ensure that we adopt more scientific means of identifying age cheat next time and mete out stiff penalties to the offending athletes and the state they represent.”
“I want to condemn and express my disappointment about a few of the problem around age cheating that continues to roar its head specifically even during this games”, he said.
The Minister explained further that the Ministry in addition “will consider the National Identity Management Card (NIMC) registration as a requirement, and others that will be rolled out later in our letters that will go out to the States.
He indicated that there will be need for all Athletes to have an NIMC registration before they can participate henceforth”.
“This document would be required, would be developed and we will work in conjunction with the Organization in charge, this measure is needed to avoid losing out on a possible potential medalist being screened out as over aged while they are not or vice versa”. Dare emphasized.
He explained that, the identification of talents since the inception of the Games in 2013 would be attributed to the deliberate policy and initiatives of the Ministry to create a platform for achieving its goals and objectives for selection of athletes to represent the country at international competitions.
The Minister noted that ”As a Ministry, what we have seen here in the last few days have reinforced our belief that every effort put into grassroots sports development is a worthy investment and not a waste.
This is a crucial step in the initiatives that the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has adopted to identify these talents early, give them the technical and financial support, provide them guidance and see them become world beaters in the not too distant future”, he said.
These outstanding talents and many more that have been identified he added, will be properly groomed and prepared for the African Youth Games in Ethiopia in 2022 as well as the Youth Olympics in Dakar, Senegal.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his constant support that has ensured the harnessing of youth potentials and development of sports at the grassroots level for socio-economic growth of the country.
Speaking earlier, the Vice- Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research, Technology and Innovation), Prof Mikel Buhari extolled the collaboration and partnership between the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development and UNILORIN on the successful hosting of series of NYG at the ivory tower.
The 6th National Youth Games draws to a close with Team Delta emerging the overall champions clinching 60 gold medals, 26 silver and 28 bronze.
Kano State Government is expected to host the 7th edition of the games next year.
Sports ministry restructures with new Para-sports department
The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has commenced the implementation of the newly created Departments in the Ministry following the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation’s approval for the restructuring of the Ministry.
Director of Press and Public Relations Mohammed Manga in a statement in Abuja yesterday said the restructuring consists of the collapse of the existing Planning, Monitoring and Information (PMI) Department, establishment of Planning, Research and Statistics (PRS) Department also include the upgrading of the headship of Lagos Liaison Office.
He said it will also lead to the creation of the National Sports Festival and Para-Sports (NSFPS) Department.
Quoting the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare Manga indicated that the approval for the creation of the new Department to cater for the growing needs of Para Sports in Nigeria, was based on the impressive performances of the athletes at various national and international competitions over the years.
With this development, he said, “it is expected that attention will be focused on other Para Sports that have not had the opportunity of showcasing their talents, let alone participating in major sporting events either locally or internationally.”
The Minister who has passionate support for Para-Sports, explained that it has become necessary to create dedicated medium to coordinate, promote and manage the development of Para – Sports in Nigeria.
This he said, will make it possible to utilize sports as a veritable tool for accelerated social integration and inclusion of persons living with disabilities, in line with the Ministry’s deliverables on 9 points priority areas of Government.
Mr. Dare stated further that the Ministry firmly believes that, with adequate attention and investment, Para- Athletes will not only enjoy new phase of life and livelihood but also enhance Nigeria’s chances of winning more medals at future International Competitions and Games.
He therefore called on corporate bodies, all well-meaning Nigerians and relevant stakeholders to support and invest in Para Sports Athletes, stressing that the Ministry remains committed to providing new opportunities for Para-Sports development in Nigeria.
Queens Baton Relay concludes tour of Nigeria
The Queens Baton Ralay has ended its tour of Nigeria after being received by President Muhammadu Buhari last Saturday.
The Director of Press and Public Relations in the federal ministry of Sports and Youth Development Mohammed Manga stated this in a Press statement made available to the NationalUpdate on Tuesday in Abuja.
He quoted The President, Nigeria Commonwealth Games, Engr. Habul Gumel to have indicated that stakeholders in the Olympic family were elated that Nigeria, was the first port of arrival of the Baton in Africa symbolising that the country aligns well with the Commonwealth countries around the world.
Gumel gave the indication shortly after a relay by athletes and boat ride with the Baton at Jabi Lake.
The ceremony at Jabi Lake as well as the city tour around Abuja signified the end of the Baton’s tour in Nigeria.
According to him, the arrival of the Baton in Nigeria on Friday October 15, 2021, is very significant as it can be deduced from the reception it received from the day of its arrival at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja by all stakeholders from the general public, the Nigerian Olympic Committee as well as officials of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.
Engr. Gumel assured that already, the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr. Sunday Dare has constituted a committee for the Games, adding beginning from November, Nigeria will intensify her preparations with efforts also being made to get the athletes ready for the Games.
He commended the Minister of and the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, in particular, for its commitment and investment in sporting infrastructure in the country.
Earlier in his remarks, the Director, Federations, Elite Athletes Department, (FEAD), in the Ministry, Dr Simon Ebhojaiye noted that the symbolism associated with the baton is aimed at drawing attention to the fact that Nigeria is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations.
He said the country is also a frontline in the Commonwealth Games, stressing that the Nigeria is ready for extraordinary performance at the Commonwealth outings.
He added that going by the programme for the Queens Baton Relay in Abuja, the team will leave Nigeria today for Gambia, Sierra Leone and will go round the participating countries before arriving the city of Birmingham, host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in July, 2022.
Queen’s baton relay is held every four years and is expected to feature over 7,000 baton relay bearers across the Commonwealth nations.
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