*As Wanoriya Amana partners Mary Onyali Sports Foundation
By Oluwole Francis
Members of the North East caucus of the National Assembly has endorsed an initiative, Sports+Peace, to use sports as an instrument of peace and reducing the trauma of the insurgency that has affected the region for some year now.
The Kanem Peace and Sport Initiative for North Eastern Nigeria is a collaborative project code named “Sports+Peace” for youth empowerment through sports/skills acquisition in the region. It is anchored by Wanoriya Amana Foundation in collaboration with Mary Onyali Sport Foundation (MOSPORTS).
The initiative intended to offer training for 6,000 youths in Borno State and 3,000 each in the other six states in the region. These are Taraba, Adamawa, Gombe, Yobe and Bauchi States. The initiative’s reasons of the visit is to intimate all major stakeholders with a view to seek their support and collaborate through their kind assistance to achieve the set objectives.
During the visit to Senator Abubakar Kyari in his office in Abuja in the National Assembly Senate building, he appreciated the good intention of the initiative and whole heartedly accepted the offer to support and give all necessary assistance for the success of the initiative. The Senator offered to provide logistics for publicity of this well intended initiative..
In the process of the advocacy visits, the initiative also jointly met with another NGO, Green Heart Impact Foundation, which is set to reduce the ills of girl-child street hawking in the region. The Foundations are already looking at synergising efforts between them.
The Sports+Peace initiative further visited Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume and some members of the House of Representatives like Rt Hon Mohmuud Lawan Maina and Rt Hon Bukar Gana Kareto for their support which they pledged to support the initiative. They welcomed the idea especially since its directed at the youth, male and female.
The Chief Executive Officer of Wanoriya Amana Foundation, Engineer Kabiru Wanori, told www.gongnews.net that, “we were looking at what we can do to give and an assured future to
the victims of the insurgency when we approached former African track queen, Chief Mary Onyali. In her very simple manner, she accepted to work with us, to use sports as a medium of raising a new generation of stars.”
The volume of support we are getting is very encouraging even from indigenous sports wears giant like Owu Sportswears who have signified interest to kit some of the children who are going to benefit from the initiative.
We shall become very active by the time we settle all our plans. We have no time to waste. We are eager to commence the training like now so that the victims can start to use sports to heal the deep wounds of the insurgency that has ravaged the area.