Nigeria Can Sustain Greatness Through Sports -Dakuku.
...Sports can create millions of jobs for Youths.
The Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, says sports has a big place in the countrys development equation, as the spirit of fairness and unity, which sporting events evoke, is a vital ingredient for nation-building.
Dakuku said the support of all especially the corporate Nigeria was needed to tap the huge benefits that abound in sports for the countrys greatness.
He stated this in Lagos while receiving members of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) on a courtesy visit.
Dakuku stressed that countries like Brazil, Argentina, Germany, England, the United States and even Kenya are using part of their greatness through sports for other benefits, including boosting their economy.
Meanwhile, the NOC members led by the President, Habu Ahmed Gumel, commended the NIMASA management for its strategic steps towards the support of the Next Level agenda of the President Muhammadu Buhari government.
Gumel along with Dakuku, enumerated many benefits Nigeria could reap from sports including job creation for the teeming youths, as seen in Europe and the Americas.
The DG, who received the NOC delegation alongside other members of the NIMASA management-team praised the efforts of the committee to ensure Nigeria got gold medals at the upcoming Olympic Games, in Tokyo Japan, 2020.
In his words:
We thank you for visiting the Agency and for your kind words in recognition of our modest accomplishments as we endeavour to contribute our own quota to the success of our President, Muhammadu Buharis Next Level agenda.
In NIMASA, we work as a team that is why we have been able to accomplish the things we have so far. With different persons playing different roles and making sure we keep our eyes on the ball, a huge atmosphere of success is created.
"This atmosphere is a crucial ingredient for nation-building.
According to the NIMASA boss, "Sports play a great social and economic role in our country. It enhances the reputation of the nation, and it can create millions of jobs for our youths if properly harnessed.
"Sports can be one of the biggest employers of labour in our country, like it is in America and the United Kingdom.
"Sports is good for national image and a national pride. It is also good for our own health as individuals. That is why every month in NIMASA we have sporting activities for staff.
Gumel, in his remarks affirmed the committee needed funds to carry out its functions and realise the objectives.
It therefore called on NIMASA, other agencies and the private sector to support the national objective for the collective good of the country, as Government cannot do it alone 'if we are to continue to sustain our greatness,' he stressed.
The NOC leader commended the Dakuku-led management team for its landmark achievements, including the provision of sea time for many Nigerian cadets under the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP).
Pix 1: Secretary General of the Nigeria Olympics Committee (NOC) Mr. Tunde Popoola; Executive Director Finance and Administration, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh; Director General, NIMASA Dr. Dakuku Peterside; President, NOC Mr. Habu Ahmed Gumel; Executive Director, Operations, NIMASA, Engr. Rotimi Fashakin, FNSE; and Head, Corporate Communications, NIMASA, Mr. Isichei Osamgbi when the NOC Officials paid a courtesy visit to the Agency in Lagos.
Pix 2: Dr. Dakuku Peterside presenting a plaque to Mr. Habu Ahmed Gumel.