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Adamawa Govt To Build Olympic Stadium To Boost Sporting Activities

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By Muhammad B Muhammad

Adamawa State Government pledges to build an Olympic size stadium to boost sporting activities.

The Chief of Staff Government House Yola, Prof Maxwell Gidado who disclosed this while receiving the Torch of Unity on behalf of Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri in Yola ahead of the national sports festival 2022, reassured the government’s support for the upliftment of sports.

The Torch of Unity which is the symbol of unity kickstarts the process of the National Sports Festival 2022.

It is a torch that is expected to go round the 36 states of the federation which began with the Borno State and the visit to Adamawa concluded the tour in the north east region. The torch will leave the state for the north west on the same mission.

The Chief of Staff said Adamawa remains a sports loving state expressing government’s determination to continue to support the sports Sector.

The State according to him is sure of good representation in Asaba Delta State, enjoining the state contingents to play the game by the rule and come home with laurels reminding them that the Adamawa is always known to be on top of its games.

He said if Governor Fintiri is re-elected, his administration will again make history as it did in connecting the only local government left to the National grid by constructing an Olympic Size Stadium which he noted is the only thing lacking.

Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Aloysius Babadoke said the torch of unity is a tradition to usher in the National sports festival.

Adamawa contingents according to the commissioner are well prepared to represent the state as trained men and women are waiting to make the state proud.

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Birthday: SWAN Celebrates Sports Minister, Hon. Enoh, Describes Him As Trailblazer 

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By Sani Yarima 

The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has congratulated the Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh, on the occasion of his Birthday.

SWAN President, Mr. Isaiah Benjamin, in a special message via the Association’s Secretary-General, Amb. Ikenna Okonkwo said the Minister who has stood tall in his lifetime deserves to be celebrated.

The number one sports writer in Nigeria described Senator Enoh as a trailblazer who has distinguished himself so far as a notable Politician and Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He said, “On this auspicious day, I and indeed the entire respected Sporting media in Nigeria celebrate a visionary man who is steadily leading the Sports sector to enviable heights.

“Senator John Owan Enoh is one who though wasn’t a Sports administrator before his appointment as Sports Minister has demonstrated strong will and courage in ensuring that the Sports sector stands out.

“From his initial approach when he was newly appointed in 2023 till now, he has led with focus and managerial expertise in the way he goes about tackling issues from athletes’ welfare, sound administrative drive to visible results.

“His resolve towards achieving enviable results, most simply and humanely, has remained his daily pursuit.

“As you celebrate this significant day of your life, we wish you greater times ahead full of life in sound health as well as higher fulfillment of your heart desires.”

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Mark Celebrates Nigeria’s Historic Wins, Appointment At BAL 2024By 

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Igoche Mark, the visionary behind the Mark D’ Ball Basketball Championship, has commended Nigeria for its remarkable performance and groundbreaking accomplishments at BAL 2024.

The commendation is coming as Rivers Hoopers emerged as the bronze winners, while Coach Ogoh Odaudu, head coach of Rivers Hoopers was awarded the prestigious title of Coach of the Year.

Adding to the list of achievements, was the exceptional appointment of  President of FIBA Africa Zone 3, Col. Samuel Ahmedu (Rtd) to the FIBA Africa Executive Committee.

In his Congratulatory message on Sunday, the Mark D’ Ball Initiator says, “The collective success of Rivers Hoopers, Ogoh Odaudu, and Col Samuel Ahmedu exemplifies Nigeria’s unwavering dedication to excellence and sets a new standard for basketball in the region.”

As Nigeria continues to make strides on the international basketball stage, Mark noted that “the nation’s passion, talent, and determination serve as an inspiration to aspiring athletes and fans across the continent. With these historic wins and appointments, Nigeria has truly proven that the future of African basketball shines brightly with each victory.

“Keep shining, and I wish you all continued success in your future endeavors,” Mark concluded.

In a remarkable display of dominance and achievement, Nigeria made history at the recently concluded Basketball Africa League (BAL) Season 4 in Kigali, Rwanda.

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Group Berates Sports Minister’s Gutter Tactics, Says Enoh’s Response To Hon. Adams An Assault

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Arewa Youth Sports Forum on Saturday berated Sports Minister, Senator John Owan Enoh for employing gutter tactics, by attempting to discredit and deflect the issues as advanced by the House Committee Chairman, Hon. Ekene Adams.

A statement signed by the Coordinator of the group, Comrade Yohanna Pam described the Sports Minister’s response as disappointing and a blatant attempt to divert attention from the substantive issues raised by the Honorable Member.

The statement reads, “It is concerning to observe the recent Press Release issued by the Federal Ministry of Sports Development, specifically targeting Hon. Ekene Adams and questioning his credibility and sincerity. 

While the Ministry attempts to defend the Honourable Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh, it is imperative to address certain points raised in the Press Release.

“First and foremost, it is disappointing to note the Ministry’s attempt to discredit Hon. Ekene Adams based on his health issues. Implying that his health condition renders him incompetent and out of touch with reality is not only insensitive but a blatant attempt to divert attention from the substantive issues raised by the Honorable Member. 

It is crucial to remember that personal attacks have no place in constructive discourse, especially within the realm of public service.

“Furthermore, the Ministry’s assertion and attempt to belittle the office of Hon. Adams reflects a lack of understanding of the principles of democracy and the importance of upholding the dignity of elected representatives. 

Every individual elected, regardless of their office is higher than a political appointee. 

Hence, lawmakers deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. 

The lack of transparency and accountability in Senator Enoh’s approach to sports administration has raised concerns among stakeholders, including Hon. Adams, who has highlighted the need for a more responsible and competent leadership in the sector.” Pam’s statement reads.

The statement asked the Sports Minister to stop blaming the CBN for the failure of foreign athletes to receive their payments, noting that his actions are bringing the government President Tinubu to disrepute.

“While defending the Honourable Minister of Sports Development is understandable, it is essential to address the concerns raised by Hon. Adams transparently and respectfully.

Constructive dialogue and open communication are key to fostering trust and accountability in governance. 

Rather than addressing pressing issues such as the delayed payments to foreign athletes who excelled at the African Games in Ghana, as questioned by Hon.Adams, the Minister, and Ministry resulted in the assault on the lawmaker.

We know before now, that Senator Enoh has resorted to deflecting blame onto the Central Bank, despite its proven efficiency under the leadership of Olayemi Cardoso, and by extension bringing the Government of President Tinubu to disrepute.

“It is evident that Senator Enoh’s tenure as sports minister has been characterized by self-glorification and a disregard for the hard work and dedication of athletes and federation presidents who strive for excellence in sports. 

His failure to address the challenges facing the sports sector has only served to exacerbate the existing issues. 

In contrast, the call for cooperation and collaboration with Hon. Adams, a respected figure in sports with a rich history as both an athlete and administrator, presents an opportunity for Senator Enoh to embrace a more inclusive and effective approach to sports administration in Nigeria.

Knowing fully well that the Sports Minister knows nothing in sports administration.”The statement reads.

Concluding the statement, Comrade Pam warned the Sports Minister to be careful and trade gently as Mr. President has zero tolerance for corruption
“In conclusion, it is imperative for the minister to know that his present office is at the mercy of Mr. President, a man with zero tolerance for corruption.

Maybe, the Sports Minister has forgotten how the Tinubu’s government is handling Beta Edu’s case; coincidentally, they both hail from Cross River state.” Comrade Pam concluded his statement.

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