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CAA Region II: Engr. Gusau Hails Okowa, Others for Emerging Victorious

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The immediate past President of the Confederation of African Athletes CAA Region II, Engr. Ibrahim Shehu Gusau congratulated the newly elected executives of the region for emerging victorious at the elective congress held at the Lam Palm Royal Beach Hotel, Accra, Ghana on Saturday. 

Nigeria’s Chief Tonobok Okowa emerged as President of CAA Region II after defeating the President of the Benin Republic Athletics Federation, Degon Vierin in the second round 9-6 after the first round ended in a stalemate.

Engr. Gusau, the Chief Observer of the election in a statement issued on Sunday said the region won, as neither victors nor vanquish emerged. 

“The CAA Region II being the biggest in the continent of Africa is one big and strong family with the sole purpose to develop Athletics. Saturday’s election was only a family debate to choose who will run the affairs of the region for the next four years. I congratulate those elected, while those who were not elected should know, and understand that we must all join hands with these executives to lift the region.

“I, therefore, charge all elected officials to work hard and ensure unity among our members. The challenges are enormous, but they are surmountable.

“Under my leadership, we were able to organize the region’s annual competition; this ought to continue for the sake of building on results achieved in the last four years, wherein meaningful progress was made in our various national federations. I can attest that this has enabled us to achieve that strong bond in the region.

“Again, I congratulate all our members because we all are winners.”His statement reads.

Others elected are; Doudou Joof as Vice President, Alio Oumarou emerged as Financial Director, Ousmane Camara emerged as Auditor, and Sawadogo Missirit returned as Technical Director.

Aminata Keita and Ouoally Sara were elected Council Members.

Region II comprises all countries in West Africa.

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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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