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8 Years After, Adamawa SWAN to Hold Sports Week

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By Barnabas Augustine

Eight years after, Adamawa State Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) is set to hold sports week for media houses in the state.

This was disclosed, Monday by the Adamawa SWAN Chairman, Comrade Samuel Gangwaja at the inauguration of the Organizing Committee of the state SWAN Week 2022 at the NUJ Press Center in Jimeta-Yola.

Comrade Gangwaja explained that SWAN week is an annual event designed by the national Secretariat for all State chapters to key into the programmes geared towards bringing unity and friendships among media workers.

He added that the association in the state have set in motion machinery of ensuring that the 2022 sports week recorded a success.

“We are packaging a programme that will stand the test of time in terms of Organising the media games, and the recognition awards to those who are contributing to the development of sports in the state” Comrade Gangwaja said.

The Adamawa State Chapter of SWAN Chairman revealed that the Sports Week will be a ground for selection of athletes that will represent Adamawa at the North East Zone SWAN Games which Gombe will host before the end of the year
While inaugurating the main organizing commitee, Comrade Gangwaja said that those that were selected to serve as commitee are hardworking and dedicated members of the sports writers association.

According to Comrade Gangwaja, the terms of reference of the main organizing commitee to include ensure only members of the media are eligible to take part in the games; the age limit of the participants shall be 35 years and above to restore the beauty of the event; and to ensure that all those who contributed or are still contributing to sports development receive the recognition awards.

He disclosed that five games of football 5 aside, tennis, volleyball, table tennis and badminton will be featured in the sports week with a kick off date, first week of April, 2022.

Those inaugurated as the main organizing commitee for the 2022 SWAN Sports Week in Adamawa include Comrade Zare Baba to serve as Chairman while Comrade Victoria Taduwokai, Comrade Percy Dabang and Comrade Austin Ajayi will serve as members and Comrade Ephraim Okpanachi will be the Secretary.

The Award Sub Committee has Comrade Austin Ajayi as Chairman, Comrade Victoria Taduwokai as member and Comrade Jessica J. Bakari as Secretary while the Games Sub-Committee will be Chaired by Comrade Percy Dabang, James Bongar as member and Yusuf Jika as Secretary.

The Finance/Contact Committee has its Chairman, Adamawa State Chapter of SWAN; Members, Other excos, Zare Baba, Victoria Taduwokai and Austin Ajayi.

In his acceptance speech, the Chairman of the Main Oganizing Commitee of 2022 Adamawa State SWAN Sports Week, Comrade Zare Baba assured that his committee will work as a team for the huge success of the Sports Week.

He called on sports enthusiasts, Government, veterans among others to open their doors when ever the committee contacted them for assistance or advice.

In their separate goodwill messages, one time Chairmen of SWAN in Adamawa, Comrade Victoria Taduwokai, Elder Gyang Pam and Comrade Austine Ajayi enjoined the SWAN not to be crippled by the period of not observing the sport week in the state; reminding the SWAN that as journalists they have role to play in informing the general public on the happenings in the world of sports while charging the 2022 SWAN Main Committee to focus and execute the responsibility given to them accordingly.

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Cleric Advocates Educational Reform In Nigeria, Berates Change In National Anthem

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Reverend Father Maurice Kwairanga, the Parish Priest of Saint Charles Lwanga Catholic Church, Ngurore is emphasizing the need for educational reform in Nigeria, rather than just changing the national anthem.

He believes that the energy spent on changing the anthem could have been better spent addressing the issues in the education system, such as decay in public schools and institutions.

The priest said this during a mass to commemorate Saint Charles Lwanga Day and also unveiled a learning institute to address the decaying standard of education across the country.

He said it is worrisome that structures in public schools are now death traps, and unqualified teachers are now mentors of the younger generation.

He said the church has taken the initiative to establish a new school, Saint Charles Lwanga Nursery, primary school, and college, to contribute to improving education in the country.

“We will build a world-class school in this part of Nigeria. As a church, we might not have the funds at the moment, but we have the will to do it. The Saint Charles Lwanga Nursery and Primary will have all the modern teaching equipment and qualified teachers, unlike what is obtainable in the public schools”

His message highlights the importance of prioritizing education to drive meaningful change and development in Nigeria.

As a church leader, he lent his voice in calling for patriotic Nigerians to invest in education by supporting initiatives that will strengthen the sector and improve the standard of education.

Highlights of the Saint Charles Lwanga Day in Ngurore were traditional dances from different communities.

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Gov Fintiri Mourns As Ndatam Wesley Fwa Dies At 85

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State has mourned the passing of late Baba Ndatam Wesley Fwa, at the age of 85.

Governor Fintiri in company of his Deputy Prof Kaletapwa George Farauta, and other Government officials joined mourners at the family compound of the deceased who died after an illness.

Governor Fintiri described death of Wesley Fwa as a great lose not only to his family but, the entire Mbula Chiefdom and the state as a whole.

He revealed that the deceased’s wealth of experience will be sorely missed especially at a critical time in history of the state and country and urged the family to take solace in God and emulate the lifestyle of their late father and brother.

The Governor extended his condolences on behalf of his family and the government and prayed to God to rest the soul of baba Wesley in peace.

Responding on behalf of the family, brother of the deceased, Mr Al’ajibi Fwa, appreciated the Governor and his cabinet for identifying with the Fwa family in their moment of sorrow and wish him well.

Late Baba Prince Ndatam Wesley Fwa, died at Absolute Care Hospital and left behind 6 children, grand children and great grand children. 

Prominent among the deceased children is the former Demsa LGA Chairman, Wenakan Wesley Fwa.

SAHEL REPORTERS.

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We’ll Expand And Rebuild 100 Secondary Schools Across Adamawa – Gov Fintiri

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State revealed that within the next two years, his administration will expand and rebuild one hundred secondary schools across the state.

The Governor revealed this when he hosted the political stakeholders of Numan and Lamurde local government areas on a courtesy call in the Government House, Yola, Tuesday.

He reveals that out of the 3 Science Secondary Schools that will be built in the state by the government, one will be established in Lamurde, in addition to executing many projects in the Bachama land and the state as a whole.

As a leader of the state, Governor Fintiri says he will continue to be just and fair to everyone, assuring his commitment to build a more prosperous Adamawa that the yet unborn generation will be proud of.

On the ongoing construction of Lamurde cottage hospital, Fintiri says the delay in completing the project was caused by a dubious contractor but says government has since taken measures to finish and furnish it.

He charged the people in Bachama land to promote peaceful coexistence in their respective communities and report any suspicious character within their vicinity to the security agencies nearest to them.

The spokesman of the delegation, Mr Piton Power noted with happiness that Governor Fintiri has redefined the fortune of Adamawa for the better, making the state a bastion of hope and beacon of development.

He thanked Governor Fintiri for providing Cottage Hospital and township roads, electrification projects in Timmu and Opalo, restoration of peace in Lamurde among other notable achievements in Numan.

Highlight of the event was presentation of award of excellence and good governance on Governor Umaru Fintiri by the stakeholders for his exceptional performance in office.

SAHEL REPORTERS.

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