Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung has flagged off the registration for first ever National Anti-Corruption Marathon Race.
The event being organised by Fair Play Sports International Agency in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, Nigeria Olympics Committee (NOC) and Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) in honour and support of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration’s fight against corruption is slated to hold in Abuja, November 3, 2018.
Flagging off the registration for the marathon race in his office yesterday, the minister described the initiative as a significant milestone in the fight against corruption, saying sports as the second highest employer of labour and highest paying job in the world should be protected from all forms of corruption practice.
“Sports being the second highest employer of labour and highest paying job in the world needs to be transparent and free from all form of corruption to protect the interest of investors. The highest paid person in the world is a sports person.
“So, our gathering here today is very insignificant because we are using one aspect of national life – corruption that has incapacitated our development as a nation.
“We on our own have done so much to eliminate corruption and that was why all our athletes before going for any competition are subjected to ‘Anti-doping Test’ to ensure that we go to competition with only clean athletes. This is why since 2015 we have not recorded any doping case,” he said.
Speaking at the event, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu lauded the initiative, saying the core objective of bringing together all segments of the population to support and key into the anti-corruption campaign with the sole aim of raising national awareness and consciousness on the scourge and danger of corruption in Nigeria is a welcome development.
Magu, who was represented by Mohammed Saleh, Chairman Sports Committee, EFCC, said billions of people are involved in one form of sporting activity or the other and since corruption can be found in almost all imaginable areas of sports, it therefore connotes that this initiative is an effort that should be supported in all ramifications.
National coordinator of the event, Jacob Onu, said the registration which will be online is opens to all segments of the society.
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