*We are 100% supportive of your vision
Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has commended the former Nigerian athletes behind the Basic Olive Opportunity Sports Training (BOOST) project pledging its weight and support for the delivery of the programme nationwide.
Making this commitment in the National headquarters of the organisation in Abuja, the National President, Prof Mike Ozovehe Ogirima said, “I am so proud that those of you behind this project chose to do for the nation not waiting to see what the nation can do for you.”
“Hastily, we have adopted your vision 100%. The NMA is solidly with you as a partner. We shall deploy all our resources to any and all of your activities. We are happy to be a part of the future of our nation. No one has plans for the citizens of this nation. That is why the NMA is always at the forefront of fighting for the health sector. In sports, you have created a solution outside of government. That is why every Nigerian citizens should key into what you are doing.”
You in sports have demonstrated how great our nation is. Our medical personnel have demonstrated this greatness. For instance, out of about 80,000 medics from this nation, about 30,000 are either outside, many are retiring. Doctors in Nigeria are magicians working with obsolete equipment to compete with the world.”
“We don’t need government in anything we need to do well. Government’s resources cannot give us good life. That is why I am so keen on your project being able to avoid government completely. That is a very keen and well thought out process.
The NMA President singled out Aare Afe Babalola (SAN) for the Teaching Hospital he built in Ado-Ekiti. I am so glad to know he is the secret power behind your project. This is one Nigerian whose impact on medical practise can only be replicated by rich Nigerians.
Director General of NSDFI, Olajide Fashikun and the Executive Director (Technical), Chief Mary Onyali had presented the vision, plans and projections of the project to their hosts.
Chief Onyali informed the NMA of the fact that, “the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) is in partnership with us in establishing six National Athletics Development centres in the nation. Ondo’s own is about 95% while a middle
and long distance project will be established in Jos, Plateau State early next year and the remaining four centres must be in place before 2018 ends.
“Medical doctors in the nation can become volunteers or be trained as technical managers, financial advisors on our project. It costs only N200 once a year. Just visit our website www.nsdfi.com and pick anyone of the Top 10 icons. You are too important to be left out of this road trip to the future of one million children and youths we want to bring on board before the end of three years. We need 3million professionals. So why won’t doctors be in the lead?
In his brief remark, the NMA Secretary General, Dr Tanko Yusuf Sununu. He urged “please be a part of our
‘doctors’ sports. We are inviting pharmacists to join the 3rd edition of our sports in Abeokuta. Some very young and talents doctors will be keen to tag to your great project. Abdulazeez Ochu and Solomon Obaje were also present at the event.