The National Stadium in Abuja will from Thursday, December 6, be a beehive of activities as all is now set for the 19th edition of the multi-sports event.
Originally meant to be a biennial multi-sports events to foster unity and help unearth new talents, the glory of the National Sports Festival (NSF) has been fading and virtually knocked to comatose since the last edition was held in Lagos six years ago.
It took the doggedness of the Youth and Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, to get the NSF back to life; but how much of a success this will be cannot be said for now.
While one would expect that Abuja 2018 will showcase new talents for the country, the build-up to the games across the different states leaves much to be desired.
From Ekiti, Kwara to Ogun and even to oil-rich Bayelsa State, it has been a story of one form of neglect by the athletes; thus giving rise to fears that the 2018 NSF may not throw up the excitement that is usually associated with the country’s local ‘Olympic Games’.
Regardless of the fears and pessimism in some quarters, Mr Dalung and Mohammed Bello, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, have both expressed readiness to host a befitting festival
The sports minister told journalists at a press parley in Abuja that significant progress has been made considering the time the federal government decided to take up the organisation of the sports fiesta.
Speaking on progress made, the minister said, “We have produced medals for the games; produced doping control information and education materials for athletes, coaches, technical and accompanying officials; distributed the festival general rules and regulations to all stakeholders,” he said.
Mr Dalung added that athletes’ welfare will be a thing of priority before, during and after the games. He said medical equipment were already in place for the sports festival.
Organisers say the sports festival will host 8,861 delegates which comprises of 7227 athletes, 710 coaches, 322 other team officials, 602 state delegates.
Ebonyi State will, however, be missing in the action as they failed to participate during the delegation registration Meeting (DMR).
Findings by PREMIUM TIMES a few hours before the opening ceremony fixed for Thursday evening show that 15 states are already on the ground with the duo of Lagos and Delta state sending the largest number of athletes.
Kweku Tandoh, chairman of the Lagos State Sports Commission reiterated that Team Lagos is in the FCT to give their very best and represent the state proudly.
“We will be showcasing our ‘Made In Lagos’ talents in Abuja and by God’s grace, we are confident that we will do well,” the Lagos sports boss stated.
As hosts of the 2012 edition of the NSF, tagged Eko 2012, Lagos State finished in the third position behind Delta State and Rivers State.
Indeed the festival is an important feature on the country’s sporting calendar going by the long list of champions it has nurtured.
Some of the athletes that came through the Sports Festival in athletics include Henry Amike, Yusufu Ali, Ezinwa brothers, Innocent Egbunike, Chidi Imoh, Mary Onyali, Falilat Ogunkoya, Faith Idehen, Beatrice Utondu and Patience Itanyi, among others.
Official clown of the National Sports Festival, Abuja 2018
With over 27 events expected to be competed for in the 19th edition of the National Sports Festival tagged “ABUJA 2018, the country awaits to see the budding stars that would rule the world from Abuja
The 2018 festival will run from December 6-16 at the Abuja National Stadium.
Number of Athletes Per State
Akwa Ibom. 416
Cross River. 60
Wrong Giving Can Make You Poor — Reno Omokri
Reno Omokri in his Nugget on Friday corrected the popular notion that giving can never make you poor.
The ex- aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan said that wrong giving can actually make one poor. Read below…
“It is a lie that no one has become poor by giving. Giving can make you rich, depending on who you give to.
For instance, you can never be poor if you give to God, your parents and the poor.
However, there are very many men who became poor by giving to girlfriends. A man has no obligation to look after his girlfriend.” He wrote.
Giving money to a girl you sleep with makes her more appropriately a prostitute, not a ‘friend’ #RenosNuggets
Polls: Beware of Voodoo Dollars in Circulation, EFCC Warns Nigerians
…Takes Campaign to BDC Operators
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, February 21, 2019 took its sensitization campaign to Bureaux de Change, BDC operators at the Wuse Zone 4 Office in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
The EFCC team, which was led by ADC Aisha Larai Musa, Head, EFCC’s Creative Communications Unit, used the opportunity to warn the BDC operators on the dangerous trend of an influx of fake Dollar notes now in circulation.
Advising the operators to be at alert, Musa, urged them to be cautious because “as the electioneering period peaks, you are now a soft target for money laundering and circulation of fake dollar notes”.
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A woman recently disclosed on Facebook God saved her children after she found a snake in her house.
The woman, who identified herself as Chisom Chiedozie said she found the snake inside her living room just few hours after she carried her children to their room from the mat they were sleeping on in the same room.
“And you tell me there’s no God abi? just few minutes ago I saw this snake inside our living room. God has a way of saving his children, he is God and not man, this mat was on the floor few hours ago, my kids was laying on it then my kids slept I took them to the their room to sleep, what if the snake pentrated and bite them without me knowing, since they are asleep, what if the Gen is not on? What if I didn’t see it and it crawls inside the bedroom and hide somewhere?
My girl was even on the floor few minutes before we saw it, what would I have told her people, so many what if I swear, lately I enjoy sleeping on the mat cos of the hot weather, God saved me and my family, I can’t thank you enough father.
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the almighty.”
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