NYSC Launches 2022 Annual Sports and Culture Festival – Voice of Nigeria
The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC kicked off its annual Sports Festival for 2022 in Nigeria’s capital Abuja on Monday with Corps members from different states participating in football, athletics, dance, drama, in comedy, among other competitions.
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In a statement released by NYSC’s Director of Press and Public Relations, Mr. Eddy Megwa, the Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Alhaji Muhammad Musa Bello, while declaring the festival open, congratulated the management of NYSC for organizing the festival.
Alhaji Bello also praised the state contingents for their efforts during the preliminary stage of the event which qualified them for the final.
He said the NYSC remained focused on its mandate of mobilizing and training young people for leadership roles as well as promoting patriotic values.
He added that sports remained a strong force in promoting national unity, while his administration would continue to give the sector the necessary priority, urging the NYSC not to slacken its efforts.
The minister, who was represented at the ceremony by the Mandate Secretary of the Social Development Secretariat, Hajia Hadiza Mohammed Kabir, said the cultural component of the festival would also showcase the strength of the country’s diversities.
“I call on public and private sector stakeholders to continue to support the NYSC to build on the achievements of this annual event.“said the minister.
He pledged the FCT Administration’s continued support to the program through welfare, corps member safety, including upgrading NYSC FCT Orientation Camp facilities for the smooth running of its operations.
NYSC Chief Executive Brigadier General Muhammad Kaku Fadah said that since the festival’s introduction, there has been an emphasis on complementing the efforts of the federal government in developing the sports sector.
He revealed that the cultural segment aims to develop the zeal of young people to promote and preserve Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage.
“We focus on preparing Corps members to pursue lucrative careers in the sports and entertainment industry.
Likewise, the NYSC National Football Club has been a platform for the development of the talents of Corps members in football, while at the same time serving as an additional avenue for the promotion of national unity and integration. “said the DG.
He called on football and other sports federations, club owners as well as stakeholders in the entertainment industry to help further harness the talents of Corps members by providing them with opportunities for lucrative careers in their fields. of activity.
The DG also called on individuals and organizations to sponsor the NYSC National Cultural Troupe, whose members always look their best at performances.
General Fadah informed the corps members that the various competitions of the festival should be considered as a friendly competition between members of the same family.
I urge you to imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship and be strictly guided by the rules. You are expected to demonstrate maturity and a high sense of discipline, as well as show respect to all referees and other officials for the overall success of the competitions,” said DG.
Director of Community Development and Special Projects Department Alhaji Abdulrasaq Salawu said in his remarks that the NYSC Sports and Culture Festival dates back more than forty years, where corps members were given halls to showcase their talents in the sports segment which includes football, volleyball and athletics. .
He added that the festival has remained a sure vehicle through which the talents and potentials of the Corps are explored to promote national unity and enhancement of Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage.
NYSC National Board Chairperson, Ambassador Fatima Balla Abubakar, represented by Hajia Binta Muazu in her goodwill message, said the introduction of the NYSC Sports and Culture Festival has produced talent within the corps members, making them national and international champions and providing them with opportunities. become actors, producers and celebrities.
“The NYSC National Board of Directors will continue to support management in introducing programs and activities that would further enhance the gains of this initiative,” she says.