Monday, May 16, 2022

Christmas, New Year Facilitations: Nigeria Pillar Of Sports, Ejidike Salutes Sportsmen, Women

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As Nigerians are basking in the euphoria of Christmas and a new year celebrations, the Nigeria Pillar of Sports, Chief Donatus Agu Ejidike, JP has felicitated with sportsmen, women and stakeholders calling for concerted policies that will establish grassroots sports centers across the country.

In his Christmas and new year messages, Chief Donatus Agu Ejidike sounded that sports is a strong pillar of peace, unity and rapid socio-economic development if properly and genuinely explored.

According to the sports philanthropist, the devastating effects of insurgency and crimes ranging from kidnapping to banditry are carried out by the youths who have lost hope and believe that such heinous activities are only options left for them to survive.

Sports, in Ejidike’s messages has enough platform to accommodate the erring youths and taking them out of the street to bring the best out of them for the betterment of the country.

While preaching the message of Christmas which centres on peace and salvation, he sounded that the youths should tow the path of spiritual plenitude.

Chief Ejidike noted that his concern for shapping the lives of the youths took him to Etsu Nupe , Alhaji, Dr. Yahaya Abubakar, CFR at Wadata Palace,Bida where he opened talk with the royal father on how to adopt sports to give the teeming youths hope and dissuade them from involving in social vices.

Similar trip was embarked by the Nigeria Pillar of Sports to Nanka in Anambra State where he sponsored U-17 football competition; and, more would be held in Nnewi, Oyo and Ile-Ife with partnerships with Igwe Oriza, Alaafin of Oyo and Ooni of Ife.

Assessing how Nigeria fared in sports in 2021, Chief Ejidike said that the country performed below expectations: Nigeria only won two medals: a silver and bronze at the Tokyo, Japan Olympics Games thereby placing 74th position out of 205 countries and 8th in Africa.

On the Nigerian league, Ejidike thumbed-up the League Management Company, LMC for proactively finding way out to stage NPFL in the last soccer season and bringing sanity to the league.

However, the Nigeria Pillar of Sports tasked the football ruling authority to guide the Nigeria flagbearers in both CAF Championship and Confederation Cup to prevent repeat of early exit like it happened to Plateau United and Enyimba which dropped to the second tier Confederation Cup.” Nigerian clubsides should dictate and dominate African continent”.

“There is need to up our activities and programmes in sports particularly in the aspect of grassroots development. The Federal government, complemented by states and local governments should construct sports centres in every ward in the country to bring standard facilities closer to the budding talents”.

Ejidike added: “I commend the sports Minister, Hon. Sunday Dare on the arrangements put in place to fix M.K.O Abiola National Stadium in Abuja and National Stadium Surulere, Lagos. I want him not to relent in his determination to lift sports to higher level in Nigeria”.

“As we approach 2022, I encourage sports administrators in Nigeria to give the Super Eagles all the support to excel in Cameroon where AFCON 2022 will hold”.

He assured that the Office of the Nigeria Pillar of Sports would continue to lend its voice to sports in Nigeria as Ejidike prayed for a prosperous New year.

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