The minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung and president of the Nigeria Olympics Committee (NOC), Engineer Habu Gumel, have charged the newly inducted patrons of the NOC to assist Nigeria to excel in sports by support NOC and also rededicate themselves to the development of sports in their domains.
They made the call in Abuja on Thursday at the formal investiture ceremony of the NOC patrons which saw governor of Bauchi State, Muhammed Abdullahi Abubakar, Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima, Gbong Gwon of Jos, Da Jacob Gyang Buba, wife of Kebbi State governor, Dr Zainab Shinkafi-Bagudu, Alhaji Bashari Muhammed Gumel, Maj-Gen Adamu Dyeri (rtd) being inducted into Olympics family.
The minister in his goodwill message, described the new patrons of NOC as worthy Nigerians whose contributions to the society and sports cannot be underestimated.
“Award in sports is always on merit without any political consideration. You deserve the award because you have carved a niche for yourselves in their different endeavours and your appointment will be of great help to sports development in Nigeria,” Dalung stated.
Gumel in his speech, described the new inducted NOC patrons as worthy Nigerians whose contributions to the society and sports cannot be underestimated.
“We are here today to induct into the high office of NOC Patron some iconic individuals whose meritorious contributions to humanity, sports and societal development speak volumes. Moving beyond their moral uprightness and unfettered integrity, the responsibility and expectation of patrons of NOC is to advise and support the body movement in the discharge of its mandate,” Gumel said.
Gumel, who is also an executive member of International Olympic Committee (IOC), said the Nigeria Olympics Committee under his leadership is committed to the welfare of Nigerians, who toil day and night to do nation proud.
“We’re concerned about the welfare of the Nigerian athletes who toil day and night to bring glory unto our fatherland. We want the best for them. And for you to achieve that, you must have support, moral and financial to equip them to go higher,”
Aside the luxurious venue of the investiture, Sheraton Hotel, the event attracted traditional rulers, presidents of sports federations and Olympians who have brought glory and honour to Nigeria and it was an occasion that also confirmed the significant role sports has played in unifying the country.
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