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I Secured U-17 Female Northeast Volleyball Championship- Taraba Director Sports



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In less than a week, after his appointment as the Substantive Director of Sports Council in Taraba State, Coach George Shitta has been able to secured the North-east Under-17 female championship which is tagged “Mexico”.

Shitta disclosed this while fielding questions from our Correspondent on his blueprint as he assumed duty at the Sports Council in Jolly Nyame stadium Jalingo, the State capital, Northeast Nigeria.

He said, the championship that is called “Mexico” because that is where it will take place but players will be selected from the north-east zone to represent Nigeria in Mexico.

According to him, the event was supposed to take place in Bauchi State but he was abled to spoke with the President of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Engr. Musa Nimrod on phone with the intervention of the National Coach who is also a Tarabian, Coach Jonna where the President gave the hosting right to the Taraba Sports Council and Taraba State Government.

“I have been in touch with almost all the Presidents of various Associations and Taraba will begin to see the National presence very soon.”

“When i called them, what i told them was just come to Taraba and i don’t want you to do anything but just to see the facilities on ground and from there i know you will do something yourself.”

“By September federation elections will be held for all sporting associations in the country, we were in Bauchi State where a stakeholder in the Basketball federation who coincidentally is the Permanent Secretary in Aso Rock, Mr. Tijjani Yusuf conveyed a meeting where were bargaining for federation because we have zonal representatives and we are trying to secure a zonal representative for Taraba State being it in the sporting in the Board of Sporting Association Federation in Nigeria.” Shitta revealed.

Another achievement recorded within few days of his appointment by Governor Darius Ishaku, George Shitta explained that when he visited handball cut on Wednesday 26th May, 2021, the players complained to him over lack of balls and other things and at the spot he called one of their zonal representatives who wants to represent the north-east zone at the federation which he promised to provide for them.

“I was at the Handball Cut yesterday and when the players complained o me that they don’t have balls and other things and coincidentally i had the GSM number of one of our zonal Representatives and when i called him i put him on loud speaker where there and then he promised to sends balls and even Jessis in the next three days, but the only thing is that he did not mention the number of balls and sets of Jessis he is going to send” Shitta added.

As a grassroot Coach before he became the Director of Sports Council, George Shitta also revealed that as part of his desire in moving the sports to a greater heights, before end of the year 2021 he assured that each functional sporting association in the state will organize either inter-primary or inter-secondary schools competition with a view to discover talents at the grassroots that will participate in the up coming Youths Game that will take place in Ilori, Kwara State.

“The youths game is for U-15, it means we have to go go back to the grassroot and i believe the Coaches knows the challenges, so we will nurture the young talents to greater heights and we expect much from them”.

“Like i said earlier, as a grassroot Coach, i produced the best team of Badminton in Nigeria among whom were the international player, Jimkam Efhraimu who won the National and African championships, so i will continue to expose young talents at the grassroots level. Said Shitta.

While appealing to the staff of the Council, the new Director stressed the need for all hands to be on deck and work hard to move the sports forward in the state.

“I have been a staff, i rose from rank to file, so my appointment as Director of the Sports Council is a challenge to all of us because i know everyone is happy that one of us is running sports in Taraba State, i appealed to all of us to put hands on deck and work very hard, and if we work hard we are going to succeed.”

“We have seen how we worked on Badminton and other sports, so it is not going to be an easy job but we will continue to work hard an move sports forward in Taraba State.” George Shitta reiterated.

Meanwhile, Record had shown that, George Shitta is the 5th substantive Directors of Sports Council in Taraba State.

Our Correspondent gathered that George Shitta received the official handing over document from the Secretary of the Council, Mark Magaji who served at acting capacity following the official retirement of the former Director of Sports Council, Mrs. Yosie Ayuba before the appointment of the substantive one.

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Former Perm Sec Commissions 4.6km Damare Road, Lauds Fintiri’s Achievements




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A retired federal permanent secretary and elder statesman Alhaji Ahidjo Bamanga has lauded Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for his outstanding achievements in 3 years which have uplifted the status of the state

He was speaking during the commissioning of 4.6km ATV Damare road in Girei local government area.

Speaking shortly before the commissioning Alhaji Bamanga applauded the Governor for his commitment towards changing the fortunes of the state.

The elder statesman described Governor Fintiri as a committed, result oriented and great achiever who has salvaged the state from the shackles of underdevelopment urging all Adamawa people to support him for continuity.

Earlier Governor Fintiri said the 4.6km road is part of the landmark achievements in the deliveries of the urban renewal campaign of his administration.

The Governor said government has developed a two way approach to infrastructural strides which is urban renewal and rural infrastructure and community development and it will not rest on its oars till it achieves that.

He proudly noted that Adamawa is wearing a beautiful look and has fast become an investment hub for investors.

While pledging to continue to flag off and commission projects till the end of his tenure he reiterated his resolve to ensure that no one is left behind and nothing is left untouched.

Commissioner of works and energy development, Adamu Atiku
said the 4.6km ATV Damare road is strategic and important as it has ameliorated the plight of commuters and opened up the area for development.

There were goodwill messages from the District Head of Girei, Dr Ibrahim Ahmed Mustapha, and chairman Girei Local Government Council Judah Amisa and Baba Salam.

High points of the event was a display of three hearty cheers from corp members who are major beneficiaries of the road which leads to the NYSC orientation camp Damare.

The Governor while inspecting the road had a stopover at the NYSC camp and was cheerfully welcomed by the corp members.

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Accountability: Nat’l Lottery Trust Fund Emerges 2nd Best Compliant Agency In Nigeria




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Dr Bello Maigari, the Executive Secretary , National Lottery Trust Fund, has said that the Agency emerged the second best accountability compliant in Federal Government Agency’s Anti Corruption and Transparency Units ( ACTU) in 2021.

Dr Bello Maigari made the agency’s stand clear in a statement issued on Monday and signed by Muhammad Auwal Adam, Media and Puɓlications unit of the Trust Fund.

Dr. Maigari equally stated that the agency was the fourth best compliant among the government MDA in efficiency and transparency in the workplace.

“In less than Three years of the constitution of the Unit, the agency scored 84.45% to emerge the second best compliant in agency category in Nigeria and the fourth best compliant MDA with systems and processes put in place to promote efficiency and transparency in the workplace”. Maigari said.

According to Dr. Maigari, the success is attributed to the efforts put by the agency’s Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU).

The Executive Secretary stated that the development equally followed the high standards of transparency and accountability collectively exhibited by the management and staff of the agency.

Similarly, Federal Government has lauded the National Lottery Trust Fund for gigantic intervention in National Sports Development and urged other government MDAs to emulate.

According to Dr Bello Maigari, the commendation followed the giant intervention so far made by the agency in promoting nation’s sport.

He said that over N574m worth of sports equipment procured by the National Lottery Trust Fund and distributed to over 2000 selected public primary schools across the country.

He noted that the significance of the intervention would go along way in promoting good causes and sport Development among Nigerian Youths.//

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Ishaka Dedan Reelected As Adamawa NUJ Chair




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The Adamawa state Council of the Nigeria union of Journalists, NUJ Saturday held its election which saw the emergence of Ishaka Donald Dedan as the Chairman for the second term.

This was announced by the Chairman, Electoral Committee of the twenty twenty two election, Comrade Bashir Liman at the N UJ’s Secretariat, Press Centre Yola.

The returned Chairman, Comrade Ishaka Donald Dedan polled one hundred and ten votes to defeat his rival Comrade Kate Aliyuda who polled seventy two votes.

Meanwhile, Comrade Fidelis Jockthan polled one hundred and twenty votes to clinch the position of Secretary defeating his closest rival Jonathan Filibus who polled seventy three votes.

The office of the treasurer was won by Joy Diamond Leka with one hundred and sixteen votes beating her rival Felicia Amos who polled thirty seven.

Other positions of Auditor and Assistant Secretary were unopposed.

The newly elected leaders were administered oath of office by Barrister Sunday Wugira.

In an inaugural speech, the Vice Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalist, North East zone, Comrade Zare Baba charged the new executive to carry every body along and eschew bigotry and favoritism.

In an acceptance and victory speech, the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Comrade Ishaka Donald Dedan who thanked God for the victory pledged to play an open door policy.

Comrade Dedan who solicited prayers and support of the members urged them to advise them where necessary.

Speaking, the Permanent Secretary ministry of information, Barrister Isuwa Misali who congratulated the new executives to work together towards forging the union forward.

Other speakers at the event who presented their good will messages include NUT state Chairman, Comrade Rodney Nathan, representative of the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN Adamawa state Chapter and Radio Television Theatre and Art Workers Union, RATTAWU.

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