*I am honoured, will live up to expectation
Wife of the Kogi State governor, Barrister Amina Bello, has approved the appointment of Mr Abdul Karim as the Organising Secretary of the Sunday Bada National Sports Development Centre.
Barrister Bello had accepted to be the chairperson of the project in the state which is meant to target about 10,800 children and youths in six communities in the state including Ogidi where the late senior Police Officer hailed from.
Bada is the first citizen of Kogi state to make an Olympic gold medal where as a member of the 4x400metres relay team made the gold medal of the Sydney Olympics.
The news of the choice and appointment of Abdul Karim has started to yield reaction with Engineer (Dr) Lawal Lasisi, the Assistant General Manager in charge of Satellite Applications and Development at the Nigerian Communication Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT) said, “his appointment is a very worthy one. It is a very appropriate appointment.”
Abdul Karim had been working himself hoarse over the years to ensure that our children and youths have no business with crime and criminality. “Today, this appointment is a justification of his past contributions.”
Sincerely, speaking, I am so happy for him. I am so choked but I was determined to meet with him, congratulate him and tell him that he has my personal support to succeed at the task.
Welcoming Dr Lasisi to the office during the visit, five time Olympian, Chief Mary Onyali thanked the governor’s wife for a very wonderful choice in Abdul Karim. She called on the citizens of the state to rise, identify with their late brother and raise a new generation of new kids on the bloc.
Sunday Bada was a most hardworking, great spirit, team worker, selfless and one who believes so much in Nigeria. He used to fund an athletics championship in his homestead every December. This is the time to about 5,000 replica of Sunday Bada to tap into this opportunity to be greater than him.
Every Kogi citizen should identify with this project. It costs only N200.00 to be in Team Sunday Bada and N200.00 to be a volunteer on the project. Kogi will be the first state after the Afe Babalola National Sports Development Centre in Ekiti State to have a National Development Centre.
In his reaction, Mr Abdul Karim said, “it is a very great honour to work on the name of a global citizen like Sunday Bada. I am going to do my best to immortalise his name, raise greater children than he was and also make our state the best in sports in Nigeria. I have already started mobilising my friends, neighbours, relations and associates to start to put their widow’s mite into the fund.”
“It is my ambition to be the first amongst all the 10 icons on the project. I am so desirous of this centres being effective from July this year. That means every hand must be on the deck, support us, contribute your quota and challenge us. I am thrilled by the hundreds of jobs to be created by the project in the state and even more, the children who will have a new career in the sport.”
It would be recalled that Offa in Kwara State had the first of the projects with the Ruth Ogbeifo-Balofin Community Sports Development programme.