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FG Charges Public Servants To Imbibe Physical Fitness

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By Sani Yarima

The Federal Government has called on the Public Servants in the country to imbibe and cultivate the culture of physical fitness and health consciousness ensuring a productive and healthy nation. 

The Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh gave the charge on Sunday when he flagged the October Edition of the monthly keep-fit aerobics exercise in preparation for the 2023 Federal Public Service Games (FEPSGA)  held at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.

In a statement signed and issued to newsmen by the Director of Press and Public Relations, Mohammed Manga FCAI, Enoh stated that the Ministry of Sports Development was ready to collaborate and partner with an organization or body to develop programmes and initiatives that will encourage sports development in the country.

A partnership that will also promote  physical activity, raise awareness about the importance of fitness, and disseminate valuable health education information to all segments of the society to improve their health status for optimal service delivery, and to provide the teeming youth with job opportunities to alleviate poverty amongst to having a safe and peaceful environment for Nigerians.

He observed that a healthy nation is a productive nation, and by enhancing fitness and health consciousness amongst the Public Servants “We can contribute to the overall well-being of the citizens. 

He says “Through effective collaboration between the Ministry and FEPSGA, we can come up with initiatives that target both the male and female adults in the Public Service that will encourage them to cultivate a culture of physical fitness and health consciousness.”

Enoh added that physical fitness and health education are integral  components of a thriving and prosperous nation, and called on the FEPSGA as a coordinating body in the area to play a leading role in promoting it.

The Minister explained that one of the vital elements that Nigerians as a people continually miss in the sports sector is the physical fitness component, which he said “Is one element that is an aspect that we ignore. It incorporates the generality of people into the sports ecosystem.”

He informed that the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led Administration is interested in this, adding that the President out of his wisdom created a Ministry of Sports Development to holistically drive this aspect of human development in line  with the International standards.

The Minister noted that the World Health Organization (WHO) some years ago focused on the benefits of fitness and physical activity in its guide to all nations. 

“Its benefits to healthy living are enormous. One of the tasks of FEPSGA is to come out with advocacy towards encouraging the entire Federal Government workforce to imbibe the culture of physical activity, and health consciousness and add value to the lives of an average Nigerian by ensuring efficient service delivery in line with the policy thrust of the present administration,” He stressed.

While commending on the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation under the stewardship of Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan and FEPSGA for initiating and sustaining the programmes even in the face of the current economic challenges, Senator Owan Enoh called on the workers to take advantage of the programme to be mentally and physically fit for optimal performance in their respective offices and ease stress as recommended by the World Health  Organisation.

Senator Owan Enoh, who was decorated as the Captain of the 2023 FEPSGA aerobics exercise, however, recalled that “In 2002, WHO declared the need to imbibe the culture of physical and mental fitness and called on policy and programme makers across the world to encourage physical fitness in the policy programmes of government.

While pledging to flag off the  opening ceremony of 2023 FEPSGA Games, the Minister informed that physical fitness will not only increase the physical and mental state of an individual at the optimal, but also the  productive capacity of the Federal Public Service in Nigeria in line with global realities.

In her remarks during the exercise, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan thanked the Minister for accepting and coming out to flag off the October Edition of the monthly Keep Fit Aerobics Exercise in preparation for the 2023 Federal Public Service Games. 

Represented by the Director Occupational Hazard and Safety Department in the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Comfort Adeosun, Dr. Yemi-Esan assured the workers that this year’s pillar which is number six, aims at improving the proposition and well-being of the Federal Public Servants in the country.

She stated that an able workforce will be a productive workforce, adding that “if you are not healthy, your performance will be low, thus affecting efficient service delivery to the citizenry.

Also, the former Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Barrister Solomon Dalung while addressing the workers during the exercise advised them to be resolute and not lose hope in the present administration but continue to provide unflinching support to the new leadership of the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in its resolve to move the country forward.

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Ms. Daju 

Kachollom also assured that the Ministry of Health is committed to the realization of a healthy workforce that will efficiently drive the policies, programmes and initiatives of the Federal Government for the betterment of Nigerians. 

Earlier in his opening remarks,

President of the Federation of Public Service Games (FEPSGA), Mr. Aloku Amebi stated that the monthly keep-fit aerobics exercise is one of the cardinal programmes of FEPSGA aimed at improving physical fitness and general well-being of all cadres in the Public Service. 

He stated further that this month’s edition marks the end of the keep-fit aerobics exercise because of the preparation for the 2023 Annual Public Service Games which is billed to be held in December 2023.

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Wikki FC Fans Have Fear For The Club To Remain Relegated

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Wikki Tourists Football Club fans in Bauchi State have started to express fear for the club to remain relegated at the end of the 2024 Nigeria National League (NNL) season amid lack of sport administrator as Chairman of the club

Wikki Tourists suffered a 2-0 defeat to Nasarawa United last Saturday in Lafiya marking their loss at the season to 2nd position with 23 points from twelve matches.

Some fans are starting to worry that the club could be in danger of dropping down to the NNL Championship.

Adamu Saidu Wikki FC Fan said, As it stands, if Wikki Tourists lose in their next match with Yobe Desert, that could be in the relegation zone

Because the club needs sports administrators who would run the club effectively, get it out of relegation and triumph to the premier league.

“We need someone who knows Sports, speaks sports and coordinates sports urging the State government to look into the administration of Wikki Tourists management,” he said.

Another Sports Enthusiast James Bawa the management of Wikki need to take drastic steps or else they will remain relegated for ever.

The state government is trying but the management needs to work hard to meet up in their next matches.

“But should they not pick up a point in the next games Wikki would incredibly find themselves in the bottom three.

The Chairman of the Club Mr Auwal Gotal in his recent press briefing has hinted that it could take a while to turn things around.

“I didn’t expect to solve everything in one day. You have to have more aggression in your game, more speed and more competitive duels which go your way.

He commended the government for the support and funding of the club.

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Celtic FC Eyeing Nigerian Prodigy, Mezi Ikemba For Trials

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In a stunning move that reveals Celtic Football Club’s penchant for nurturing young talent, the Scottish giants have turned their attention towards Mezi Ikemba, a 15-year-old Nigerian striker currently stationed in San Antonio, Texas. 

With his commendable skill set and towering 6 fit 1-inch frame, the young talent, aptly nicknamed “Messi,” has caught the eye of Celtic’s scouting network.

Hailed as a top player in San Antonio, Ikemba has reigned supreme on the youth soccer scene, showcasing his extraordinary prowess as an Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) under 15 star, where he emerged as a promising talent in the making.

Born in 2009, Ikemba has amassed a significant following both in Texas and beyond, with his exceptional goal-scoring abilities and technical finesse setting him apart from his peers. 

Such remarkable achievements at such a tender age could very well place Ikemba on the path to greatness, and Celtic FC has seemingly anticipated this potential.

With aims to transform raw talent into professional success, Celtic FC has extended a generous invitation to Ikemba, urging him to partake in trials at the club’s renowned training facilities.

Should the Nigerian prodigy impress during these anticipated trials, it could mark a pivotal moment in Ikemba’s budding career.

The Scottish club is renowned for its ability to spot raw talent and mold it into world-class players. 

Their notable track record includes the likes of Henrik Larsson, Charlie Nicholas, and Scott Brown, who have all developed into highly respected figures in the footballing world. 

It is therefore no surprise that Celtic has chosen to tap into the potential of a young star like Ikemba.

Ikemba’s prospective move to Scotland has already set tongues wagging within the Nigerian football fraternity, with his supporters eagerly anticipating further progress for their beloved youngster. 

The promising striker himself has expressed his enthusiasm at the opportunity, revealing that Celtic FC has always held a special place in his heart.

“I’m thrilled and honored to have received this incredible opportunity from Celtic,” Ikemba said. “It has been my lifelong dream to play for a club that has such a rich history and passionate fan base. 

I am determined to make the most of this trial and showcase my talent to the best of my abilities.”

Celtic FC’s desire to give Ikemba a platform to shine speaks volumes about their commitment to nurturing fresh talent. 

The trials that lie ahead promise to be a crucial turning point in Ikemba’s career, as the prodigious youngster aims to conquer new frontiers and etch his name into the storied history of Celtic Football Club.

Only time will tell if this Nigerian gem can seize the opportunity and follow in the footsteps of legends who have donned the famous green and white shirt in Glasgow. 

For now, the stage is set for an audacious audition, as all eyes eagerly await the verdict on Mezi Ikemba’s trials at Celtic FC.

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Sportsville Award Excites Mark, Hails Organisers

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Igoche Mark, the initiator of the renowned Mark D’ Ball Basketball Championship has hailed the Organisers of the prestigious Sportsville Awards for counting him worthy as one of this year’s awardees.

Mark, who received the Achiever’s Award penultimate Friday, says the award solidifies his belief that he is on the right path toward creating a lasting impact on the basketball scene in Nigeria.

“I understand that the Sportsville Achiever Award is not merely a symbol of my accomplishments, but also a reminder of the responsibilities that lie ahead. This award serves as a catalyst, igniting a fire within me to continue pushing myself to new heights and surpassing my previous achievements.

With this recognition garnered from this award, I know the increased expectations placed upon me, and I am determined to surpass them.”Mark stated.

He noted that he and other basketball stakeholders are determined to leave a lasting legacy in Nigeria’s basketball landscape, by ensuring that the sport continues to thrive and produce top-notch talents.

The 4th Edition of the Sportsville Award was held on the 1st of March at the Eko Club, Surulele in Lagos State.

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