*We shall do everything to make it a success here
By Oluwole Francis
Chairman of the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Hon Abdullahi Adamu Candido, has called on Nigerian citizens to appreciate the ideals and goals of the Basic Olympic Opportunity Sports Training (BOOST) by identifying with the project and contributing towards raising a new generation of sports stars.
Candido who received the delegation of the Nigeria Sports Development Fund Inc (NSDFI) on Thursday in his office thanked Olympian medallist in Taekwondo, Chika Chukwumerije, for picking his Area Council for the community sports development to be named after him.
“We appreciate him and thank him. We shall put in place structures to work with him and deliver this. We shall seek his indulgence to also deliver the project in the other five Area Councils in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).”
Hon Abdullahi Candido added, “this is a Nigerian project. It is not for the brains behind it. Every Nigerian should join the team, stand up, identify with them and support them. For a nation of 160million people, we should be leaders in the world of sports.”
He thanked Chief Mary Onyali for coming on the visit saying, “I am happy meeting you in person. I have always seen you on television running for Nigeria and at the end of
the race wait for that smile and waving hand. Today, I have the privilege to meet you in person. Thanks to the sports initiative to bring up new generation of Nigerian champions.”
In his comments, Director General of NSDFI, Mr Olajide Fashikun told him, “for Chika Chukwumerije to have picked your Area Council for his community project, you must put in place structures that will help children here to maximize the opportunity and become greater and better Olympians, referees, statisticians, recorders, reporters and many other careers available in sports.”
While speaking, the Executive Secretary (Technical), Chief Mary Onyali said, “you will do our nation’s children and youth a massive favour if you key effectively and efficiently into this project. Some of the children here should be part of the one million children we want to bring to sports in the next three years.
With him during the courtesy visit are the AMAC Secretary Hon Halidu Adamu, Hom Mustapha Usman-Karshi, Hon. Mohammed Salisu Danazimi, Gabriel Bravo Oluohu, Dooshima Ameh, Hajira Shaibu, Mrs Elizabeth Ibrahim, Mr Zakari Musa, Mr Ibrahim Tanko, and Chief Dayo Lawal.