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How the National Sport Council is Killing Sport Growth and Development in Nigeria

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The Technical Committee of the National Sport Council held a meeting on the 14th March, in Benin City in earnest for the adequate preparation for the 20th National Sports Festival to be hosted by Edo State Government.

Several recommendations were made which includes upgrading some international games to the compulsory category and relegating some to the optional category for the National Sports Festival.

These decisions were made by votes of the state delegates. Sports upgraded includes Scrabble, which got 28 votes, while 26 states voted for Karate, Kick boxing and Kung Fu, 22 states voted for Squash.

The Decisions also includes having 32 Sports for the first time at the Festivals, the 32 games comprises of 27 compulsory games and five optional which will feature at the 20th National Sport Festival.

The five optional Sport will be chosen by the Host State from the 24 Optional Sport which includes Rugby, Cricket, Golf, Canoeing, etc.

The 27 Compulsory Sports were voted for by the delegates based on the below criteria.

The Criteria given by the Technical Committee for selection into compulsory and optional category are:

The Popularity of the Sport in the 36 states of the federation and FCT.

Using Popularity test as the first measure to determine if a Sport will be compulsory or take place at the National Sport Festival is tantamount to hindrance to Sport Growth, The term popularity is very relative not all Sport has a global audience.

So therefore Popularity shouldn’t be a measure to determine what sport should be compulsory or Optional at the National Sport Festival.

Moreover the National Sport Festival is our own Olympics so therefore all efforts made by the ‘’unpopular’’ sports Association should be considered as a criteria for a selection for participation at the National Sport Festival.

For example, the efforts of Amputee Football Federation last year to feature at the Amputee World Cup in Mexico is enough to make them part of the Compulsory Sport of the 20th National Sport Festival

State Entries in the Sport in Previous Festival.

If this criteria continue to be a measure for Sport Participation, some games will never be held at the Sport Festival. The winning at all cost syndrome which was exhibited at the last National Sport whereby State will only participate in events they hope to get a medals even though they have Sport Association of other sports.

For example, a lot of states have an associations of traditional sports like Dambe, Abuja, Ayo, Langa, Kokawa, but because of the states’ low investment and lack of interest, the sports will continue to have low entries by State.

Standard of Nigeria’s Participation in the Sport at the International Level.

Out of the 32 Sports Events to be held at the 20th National Sport in Edo State, only a handful has made up proud at the International Stage and few has featured in World acclaimed competitions.

This criteria will continue to kill sports that is not a competing Sport in international competition but are recognized by International Bodies

The three major criteria taken by the National Sport Councils during their Extra Meeting in Edo State shouldn’t be a criteria for any sport in Nigeria should be consider for a National Sport Festival.

Mudashiru Shittu

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Constitution Review A Waste of Time —Bode George

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FORMER Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Bode George, has advised the Federal Government to expedite action on devolution of powers to the states instead of wasting time on the ongoing constitution amendment.

 

George spoke on a Radio programme “Ijoba Alagbada”, a Yoruba political platform aired on Diamond FM 88.7, monitored in Ilorin, on Sunday. He also used the occasion to comment about threats of secession by some groups.

 

He said, “People are agitating for freedom because the present 1999 Nigeria Constitution cannot allow the various minority tribes to thrive in the country.

 

 

“It was as a result of fear of the minority tribes that the military government led by Yakubu Gowon, created states. But now, every section of the country is educated and they want to have a say in the affairs of the country, so there is the need to review how they are being governed.”

 

 

Speaking on the clamour for the setting up of another constitution review committee just like the Goodluck Jonathan administration did in 2014, George said, “I thank God that I participated in the Confab which is the first time that diverse people of the country would sit under the Chairmanship of Justice Idris Kutugi, now late who is very patient and wise.

 

“The three-volume report was submitted to the government and it contains everything needed for the restructuring of the country. We don’t need to look elsewhere other than to implement the report.

 

“The report was submitted to President Jonathan which he handed over to the present regime of President Buhari. There is no need for another constitution review committee.

 

“It is a waste of time and resources, let us bring out the report of the 2014 Confab and start its implementation.”

 

He appealed to separatist agitators such as the Indigenous People of Biafra to lay down their arms and embrace peace. He equally appealed to those seeking for the creation of Oduduwa Republic in the South West to sheathe their swords.

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Economy: Buhari Sad, Admits Failure, Pushes Restructuring To Legislators.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed displeasure at the tumbling economy of the country, even as he confessed that the development is giving him a serious concern.

 

 

The President made the confession Friday night during an interview session with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) in Abuja.

 

 

He said the low performance of the economy has been a thing of concern to him, adding that his administration was doing everything possible to improve the economy.

According to him, one of the steps taken so far is reaching out to the international community to allow their multinational firms to come to Nigeria and establish their presence by employing Nigerians through which the economy will pick up.

 

 

On corruption, President Buhari said it was high time special courts were established to try several corruption cases currently stuck in conventional courts.

 

 

“You have instances of cases lasting for as long as 10 years before they are determined and in some cases judges handling the cases may die. But if there are special courts, there will be a time frame to conclude the corruption cases and not dragging on unnecessarily,” he said.

 

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President Muhammadu Buhari has said only the National Assembly can deal with the contentious issue of restructuring, true federalism or devolution of powers.

 

 

Buhari said this on Friday while receiving members of the Nigerian Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) led by Co-Chairmen, Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar and President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), His Eminence, Rev. Dr. Samson Supo Ayokunle, at the State House, Abuja.

The President restated his position on devolving more power to the people.
“On the contentious issue of restructuring or true federalism or devolution of powers, like you all know, this is a constitutional matter with which only the National Assembly can deal.

“I remain an unapologetic believer in devolving power to the people and that is why I signed the Executive Order granting autonomy to State Legislature and Judiciary.

“Unfortunately, this was met with some resistance at the state level and led to a more than two months strike action that has caused the country a lot of pain.

“Luckily, the National Assembly has nearly completed the constitutional review process, which I hope would address some of the burning issues agitating the minds of our people.’’

Buhari assured that efforts were already on to create a more conducive environment to address both direct and indirect causes of challenges including areas of job creation and employment generation, while appreciating religious leaders for their significant role in national development, particularly in shaping perspectives.

“Your role is critical in putting the correct perspective out to Nigerians,’’ he said.

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Afe Babalola Canvases Strong Legal Framework For Tourism In Nigeria

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 A legal legend and founder, Afe Babalola University Ado Ekiti, ABUAD, Aare Afe Babalola, SAN, has called for the drafting of a robust and strong legal framework for the enhancement of the tourism sector in Nigeria.

 

Aare Afe Babalola made this call while receiving the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Ekiti _ State on Tourism Development, Mr Wale Ojo – Lanre and Team Ekiti Tourism Development, in his White Rock Office , Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti on Wednesday 26 May 2021, after a tour of the Afe Babalola University campus,  the Multi-System Hospital, the Planetarium and ABUAD Farms all within the ambit of Afe Babalola University, Ado – Ekiti.

 

Aare Afe Babalola who commended Dr Kayode Fayemi ‘s tourism vision exposed why  Nigeria has not been reaping   bountifully  from tourism  “We have a country which is overwhelmingly blessed with viable and humongous tourism wonders most in their pristine form.

 

We have intelligent, resourceful and vibrant tourism practitioners and stakeholders who are frenetically strengthening them delved out to eke something from the tourism offerings.

 

We have a world that is ready to explore Nigeria. But regrettably, we have a set of weak legislation and laws which were crafted when the tourism sector was in an analogue era “

 

He disclosed  that “ One of the impediments truncating the phenomenal transition of Nigeria into a viable tourism economy is the lack of a robust and strong legal framework which is the necessary  jelly  for  the lubrication  of a vibrant tourism economy  and business in Nigeria “

 

He called on the public and private sectors tourism practitioners in Nigeria to synergize efforts at ensuring the enactment of a purposeful and vision driven legal framework pointing out that the tourism sector is at present an unregulated and uncoordinated sector that revels in archaic and obsolete legal contents which bear no relevance of appropriateness in the face of contemporary developments.

 

Ambassador Ojo –Lanre in his remark disclosed that his mission to ABUAD was in furtherance of Dr John Kayode Fayemi’s tourism policy of enhancement of tourism potentialities of Ekiti State.

 

He described  Aare Afe Babalola as an asset of inestimable value to Ekiti State not just only  because  he  planted  an international  trans-generational academic enclave in Ado Ekiti,  but has  also created in  Ado – Ekiti a global tourism destination capable of attracting millions of tourists to Ekiti State.

 

Ambassador  Ojo – Lanre pointed out that “Here within the canopy of Afe Babalola University  one can enjoy  the luxury of an Educ-tour by feeding one’s eyes with  the beauty of a truly  conducive academic environment,  embarking on  agro-tourism sightseeing  of  a  large expanse of well-mechanized farmland of varieties of crops, poultry and animal husbandry with allied  industries processing them  to finish products, take an expedition on medical tourism to one of the most equipped medical complex  in  Africa and finally take a trip from the Earth and explore the space at the biggest and largest Planetarium in West – Africa.

 

He pointed out that   the totality of Aare Afe Babalola as a person and accomplishments is tourism itself for those who want to take a tour of a life which survived in the middle of hopeless deprivation and rose from grass to grace of fortune and opulence .

 

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